Graduate Student Angela George was recently selected as the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) Fellow for the 2012-13 academic year. Angela is a Ph.D. candidate in Hispanic Linguistics and will be graduating this Spring. Congratulations, Angela!
"CARLA is pleased to announce that Angela George has been selected as the CARLA Fellow for the 2012-2013 year. Angela is a Ph.D. candidate in the Hispanic Linguistics program at the University of Minnesota. As a graduate instructor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies, she has taught first through third year Spanish as well as an upper division course entitled Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics.
Angela's research focuses on how learners can become more competent in a foreign language and how this can be achieved in various contexts, such as the classroom, study abroad, and home (i.e., heritage speakers). Her dissertation entitled "The Development of Dialectal Features during a Semester Abroad in Toledo, Spain" is a variationist longitudinal study that examines the acquisition of a second dialect by university students of Spanish. In addition, Angela has conducted research and published articles on instructor code choice and use of the L1 in the foreign language classroom, and students' development of pragmatics in the foreign language classroom through the use of technology, using videos and materials on CARLA's Dancing with Words website. She has presented her research at several prestigious national conferences including the Hispanic Linguistics Symposium and the American Association of Applied Linguistics Conference.
In addition to her research and teaching responsibilities, Angela serves as a mentor of new graduate students in Hispanic linguistics and is the co-chair of the Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics Association. Her community work includes volunteering as a Spanish interpreter for the Volunteer Lawyers Network in Hennepin County.
Angela joins a growing list of CARLA Fellows who have gone on to make great contributions to the field of language teaching and learning. She will give a CARLA lunchtime presentation based on her doctoral research on March 12. Watch for details in the CARLAeidoscope!"
See the list of past CARLA Fellows on the CARLA website: