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Laurel Abreu

Dr. Laurel Abreu

Associate Professor

Bio

Dr. Abreu teaches intermediate and advanced undergraduate Spanish courses, in addition to graduate courses in Spanish and linguistics for the Master of Arts in the Teaching of Languages (MATL) program, which she directs. Her research has centered on Puerto Rican Spanish; she also studies second language acquisition from a variationist perspective. Her most recent projects have focused on the pedagogy of linguistics, the creation of community among language learners through social media tools, and the teaching of culture in the language classroom. She has presented her research at the Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Annual Convention, the International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning (ISETL), the Southern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT), and the Mississippi Foreign Language Association's Annual Conference.

  • PHD - University of Florida (2009)
  • MA - University of Florida (2006)
  • BA - University of Alabama (2003)

Courses created and taught:
History of the Spanish Language (undergraduate and graduate; online and in-class); Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics (undergraduate); Intermediate Conversation (undergraduate); Afro-Hispanic Influences in the Caribbean (undergraduate and graduate; online and in-class); The Social Context in Teaching and Learning Spanish (graduate; online); Spanish Sociolinguistics (graduate; online); Spanish Phonetics (undergraduate and graduate; in-class); Second Language Acquisition of Spanish Phonology (graduate; online); Teaching Spanish Pragmatics (graduate; online); Puerto Rico: Culture, Language, and History (graduate; online); independent studies in Hispanic linguistics and pedagogy (undergraduate and graduate; online and face-to-face)

Other undergraduate courses taught (in-class)
Intermediate Spanish I; Hispanic Daily Life; Traditions, Festivals, and Icons; Writing in Spanish; Advanced Grammar and Composition

Other graduate courses taught
Teaching Second Languages: Theory into Practice (undergraduate and graduate; online); Second Language Acquisition: Theory and Practice (online and in-class); Practicum in Second/Foreign Languages (online); Applied Linguistics in Second and Foreign Languages (online and in-class); Sociolinguistic and Sociocultural Perspectives in Language (online); Advanced Grammar and Composition (in-class)

  • Teaching Hispanic linguistics: Strategies to engage learners, Hispania, 2015
  • Awareness of racial diversity in the Spanish-speaking world among L2 Spanish speakers, Foreign Language Annals, 2016, 10.1111/flan.12179
  • Changes in Beliefs about Language Learning and Teaching by Foreign Language Teachers in an Applied Linguistics Course., Dimension, 2015
  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
  • American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese
  • Mississippi Foreign Language Association
  • English (Native or Bilingual)
  • Spanish (Full Professional)
  • Catalan (Limited Working)
  • Italian (Elementary)
  • American Sign Language (Elementary)
  • French (Elementary)

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Contact Me

Liberal Arts Building (LAB) 306 map

Hattiesburg

Email
Laurel.AbreuFREEMississippi

Phone
601.266.4964

Areas of Expertise

Linguistics, pedagogy