BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Illinois Wesleyan Chair and Professor of Hispanic Studies Christina
Isabelli has been named a 2015 recipient of an IES Abroad grant to teach a summer
course at the Madrid, Spain IES Abroad Center.
Isabelli will teach a six-week course in Spanish titled “Travel through Time: The
Spanish Language.” The teaching grant covers housing, transportation and a stipend.
"This introductory course examines major episodes and contexts of language change
within Iberian past societies with special attention to changes in how social organization
and behavior influenced language change,” said Isabelli. The course will also explore
the reasons behind choosing Castilian, among the many other dialects of Spain, to
become the official language of Spain and Latin America.
IES Abroad (the Institute for the International Education of Students) is a nonprofit
that administers study abroad programs for U.S. college-aged students. Over 80,000
students have studied abroad on IES Abroad programs since the organization’s founding.
Isabelli received her doctorate degree from University of Texas-Austin. Her latest
publication work appeared in Foreign Language Annals and Hispanic Health Care International, and she is a book and manuscript reviewer for multiple journals. Her research interests
include second language acquisition during study abroad and domestic immersion, sociolinguistic
issues regarding Hispanics in the U.S., and foreign/second language teaching methodology.
She currently teaches courses on second language acquisition, history of the Spanish
language, Spanish linguistics, and Spanish in the U.S.