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Maria Jose de la Fuente Faculty Member

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I graduated from Georgetown University in 1998 with a PhD in Spanish and Second Language Acquisition. Before coming to GWU, I taught at Georgetown University, Duke University, and Vanderbilt University. My research interests are task-based instruction in instructed second language learning, the role of emerging technologies in language learning, the role of the first language in foreign language development, and the development of critical thinking through reflective work in the L2 classroom. The results of my research in these areas have appeared in refereed journals such as Studies in Second Language Acquisition, Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL), and Language Teaching Research, as well as in several edited volumes. I am the author of two Spanish textbooks: Gente (Pearson) a widely-used textbook in college Spanish language programs, now in its 4th edition, and Puntos de encuentro: a cross-cultural approach to Advanced Spanish (Cognella), in its second edition. I am also Editor in Chief of the Open Journal of Modern Linguistics. In teaching, my specific interests are Classroom Foreign Language Learning and Teaching, particularly task-based and content-based pedagogy; as well as college foreign language curriculum development. I am presently involved in several curricular projects related to (a) the role of the first language in the Elementary Spanish Curriculum, and (b) cross-cultural literacy in Advanced language courses. In particular, I am interested in linking foreign language literacy to key subject areas such as sustainability. I was the recipient of a 2008 Bender Teaching Award. In terms of service, my work within the university revolves around promoting Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) among GWU faculty, both the Academy of Distinguised Teachers, of which I am a member, and the University Teaching and Learning Center (UTLC). My work includes organizing SoTL Poster day, a yearly event that is part of GW Teaching Day, as well as workshops for faculty.

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