As director of the Linguistics Language Program, I oversee language instruction at the UC San Diego campus for American Sign Language, Arabic, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. My devotion to language teaching is grounded in two fundamental beliefs:

  • Language learning can be a transformative and deeply interdisciplinary experience that all students should have access to.

  • Language teaching can be much more effective when it is informed by our scientific knowledge of how language works, how humans learn language, and how humans learn in general.

I have developed my ideas on language teaching in Conéctate, an introductory Spanish program that I created with Darcy Lear. Because of my work on this project, I have the pleasure of giving talks and workshops for Spanish teachers around the country.

Presentations (video)

At UC San Diego, courses are taught in English, but I also have experience teaching in Spanish and in Esperanto.

  • Here is an example of a lecture in Spanish for the Universidad de Costa Rica.

  • Here is an example of a lecture in Esperanto for the Internacia Kongresa Universitato.