Laura Marqués-Pascual

Language Program Director

Office Hours

M & W: 10:00-11:50AM

Office Location

Phelps 4323


Applied Linguistics; Second Language Acquisition; Language Teaching Methodology; Spanish in the United States


Laura Marqués-Pascual is the Language Program Director in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. She has a degree in Hispanic Philology from the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares (Madrid). She received her M.A. in TESL from the Bowling Green State University, Ohio, and her Ph.D. in Spanish Linguistics with a designated emphasis in Second Language Acquisition from the University of California, Davis.

Dr. Marqués-Pascual is the coordinator of all lower division courses in the department, including the first- and second-year Spanish and Portuguese sequences, Advanced Grammar and Composition, and the Heritage Speakers Program. Her research interests focus on curriculum development and instructional improvement, second language learning in study abroad settings, second language acquisition of syntax, and Spanish as heritage language. Apart from directing the language program, she also teaches upper division courses and graduate seminars.


Academic Coordinator of Lower Division Courses:

SPAN 1, 2, 3 – Elementary Spanish

SPAN 4, 5, 6 – Intermediate Spanish

SPAN 25 – Advanced Grammar and Composition

SPAN 16A, 16B – Spanish for Native Speakers

PORT 1, 2, 3 – Elementary Portuguese

PORT 4, 5, 6 – Intermediate Portuguese

PORT 16A, 16B – Portuguese for Speakers of Romance Languages

Upper Division Courses taught:

SPAN 8A/B – Spanish conversation

SPAN 100 – Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics

SPAN 109 – Spanish in the United States

SPAN 114B – Spanish Syntax and Morphology

SPAN 186 – Spanish Applied Linguistics

SPAN 147 – Spanish for Business

Graduate seminars taught:

SPAN 590 – Foreign Language Teaching Methodology

SPAN 594 – Theories in Second Language Acquisition