Aproximación crítica a los discursos del español como recurso económico en la enseñanza de ELE Conference series "Para comprender nuestro tiempo", Universidad de Granada – Spain, May 2017

This presentation used critical discourse analysis to expose the prevalence and the effects of the "discourse of Spanish as an economic resource" in the teaching of Spanish as a foreign language (ELE) in Spain. A new perspective of ELE as a "language industry" was proposed in order to consider the influence that issues such as language policy, labor conditions and the relation between power and knowledge may have in different aspects of language teaching, including teaching methods, certification, curricula, teacher training and professional recognition

Diseño curricular: Integración de lengua y contenido cultural por medio de textos/recursos auténticos Workshop at Universidad de León – Spain, May 2017 

This workshop introduced an model of curriculum development to integrate language and culture in foreign language courses. The integrated model was illustrated through examples from the new Spanish language curriculum developed at Princeton University

[A longer version of this workshop was presented at ILCE, Universidad de Navarra – Spain, March 2017]

El servicio en la comunidad como medio de aprendizaje de lengua y concienciación social ILCE Global Seminars & Invited Speaker Series, Universidad de Navarra – Spain, October 2016

This talk examined community service as a way to promote advanced language learning and critical awareness of issues like language discrimination and prejudice

Paradojas de la enseñanza universitaria del español como lengua extranjera en Estados Unidos ASELE Conference, Logroño – Spain, September 2016

This presentation examined the privileged position of Spanish as a foreign language in the United States, considering its strengths and weaknesses

Agency and Control in Virtual Exchanges and Computer-assisted Language Learning FLEAT VI Conference, Harvard University, August 2015

This presentation considered theoretical issues related to student agency in virtual exchanges and computer-assisted language learning

Cultural Studies in the Language Classroom: A Focus on Urban Landscapes ACTFL Conference, San Antonio TX, November 2014 (with Mariana Bono and Monserrat Bores, Princeton University)

A session introducing a rationale for courses designed to bridge the gap between language and upper-level literature courses, as well as illustrations from two advanced-level Spanish language courses developed at Princeton University by Monserrat Bores and Mariana Bono

Agency, Authenticity and Control: Lessons from a telecollaborative exchange Telecollaboration in University Foreign Language Education, University of León - Spain, February 2014

Case study reporting on a telecollaborative exchange between language learners in the US and Spain

Spanish in the United States: Symbolic Capital, Legitimacy and Cultural Representation Dartmouth College, December 2013

Spanish, as a global language, cannot be associated with the idea of a unique and distinct culture.
How does this affect the image of Spanish language and Spanish-speaking communities? What can we do to tackle this issue?

Cultural Learning Outcomes of Study Abroad ACTFL Conference, Orlando FL, November 2013

A proposal for a study abroad syllabus including consciousness-raising activities