Chair and Professor of Hispanic Studies
Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin; M.A. University of Iowa; B.A. Illinois State University
Dr. Isabelli specializes in second language acquisition in the study-abroad context. Her book, Development of Spanish Linguistic Accuracy and Oral Communication Skills in the Study Abroad Context, focuses on the role that motivation toward the host culture plays on students’ ability and attitude towards creating extended networks with native speakers. She has also written on the development of oral communication skills abroad, study-abroad social-network implications for second language acquisition and ability to produce speech acts, on the benefits that computer mediated communication has regarding enhancing cultural acquisition, and on the development of Spanish noun-phrase gender agreement abroad and at home. Currently, she is working on data collected in Chile on the acquisition of the non-generic article the by Spanish-speaking ESL learners..
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