Associate Professor of Spanish
Laurel Abreu joined the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures in 2009, after completing her doctorate in Hispanic Linguistics at the University of Florida. She holds an M.A. in Hispanic Linguistics also from the University of Florida and a B.A. in Spanish from The University of Alabama.
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 program. 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, as well as the creation of community among language learners through social media tools. She has presented her research at the Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Annual Convention, the Southern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT), and the Mississippi Foreign Language Association's Annual Conference. Her work has appeared in The Journal of Effective Teaching, the Selected Proceedings of the 14th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, Dimension, NECTFL Review, Hispania, and Foreign Language Annals. Dr. Abreu served as co-director of the Spanish in Spain summer program in Madrid in 2011.