Language Program

2013-14 General Catalog

218 Cowell College
(831) 459-2054

Program Description | Course Descriptions

Faculty and Professional Interests


David Keenan
Chinese language, fiction, and history


Bryan Donaldson
Word order variation in second-language French and historical French through the lens of information structure, discourse analysis, and sociolinguistics

Angela Elsey
Francophonie, 19th-century French history and civilization, French and Francophone cinema

Greta Hutchison
Foreign language pedagogy, second language acquisition, 20th-century French history and civilization, medieval French literature, 19th-century literature and art


Zsuzsanna Abrams
Applied linguistics, language pedagogy, second language acquisition, intercultural communication, discourse analysis, computer-mediated communication

Walter Campbell
Language teaching, 18th- and 19th-century German literature, history of German


Tammi Rossman-Benjamin
Hebrew language and culture, biblical Hebrew syntax and semantics, the Hebrew Bible, Jewish thought, psycholinguistics, second-language acquisition and bilingualism


Giulia Centineo
Italian cinema, dubbing, Italian migrations

Tonia Prencipe
Technology and foreign language pedagogy; modern Italian culture, history, literature, and cinema; creative writing; promotion of Italian language and culture of K-12


Sakae Fujita
Foreign language methodology, drama/theater/improvisation use in language learning, language and identity, foreign language literacy

Shigeko Okamoto
Sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, pragmatics, language and gender, foreign language pedagogy, Japanese linguistics


Ana Maria Seara
Portuguese language; literature, film, and music of Brazil and the Portuguese-speaking world; acquisition and teaching of foreign, second, and heritage languages

Spanish and Spanish for Spanish Speakers

Brenda Barceló
Medical and professional Spanish, language instruction technology, Spanish language instruction materials design, Latin American and U.S. Hispanic culture, Latin dance expressions, Spanish/English/Spanish translation and interpretation, Hispanic linguistics, Romance languages

Carlos Calierno
Intercultural communication and languages; Latin American culture; history of the conquest, music, art, and cinematography

María Victoria González-Pagani
Language teaching methodology; Spanish syntax; computer-assisted foreign language learning; Latin American cultural studies, especially women’s contributions

Marta Navarro
Spanish language pedagogy for heritage speakers and non-native speakers; theatre; Mexican popular culture

Ariel A. Pérez
Language acquisition and teaching methodology, computer-assisted language learning, teaching language for proficiency, oral proficiency assessment; Latin American current affairs

Alvaro Romero-Marco
Spanish literature of the 19th- and 20th-centuries; film, cultural studies

Eve Zyzik
Spanish linguistics, second language acquisition, cognitive linguistics, language pedagogy and curriculum design

Revised: 09/01/13