Language Acquisition

Matthew Street


M.A., Spanish Language and Literature, University of South Carolina (2013)

TEFL/TESL Certificate, International TEFL Academy & INTESOL Worldwide, Heredia, Costa Rica (2013)

B.A., Spanish, University of Louisiana at Monroe (2011)

Research Interests

  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Applied Linguistics
  • Active Learning pedagogy
  • E-Portfolios in the foreign language classroom


Accelerated Beginning Spanish (2013-Present)

Esther Poveda Moreno

Research Summary

A native of Madrid (Spain) Esther Poveda’s love for languages, literature and traveling started at a young age, when she decided to complete a B.A. in English Philology at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid. Since then she has lived in Ireland, the United States, Spain and Guatemala, and she has travelled extensively in Europe and the Americas.

Kate Neff


M.A., Spanish, University of Virginia (2008)

B.A., English and Spanish, Grove City College (2006), summa cum laude

Research Interests

  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Communicative and Proficiency-Based Pedagogy
  • Student Motivation
  • Instructional Technology (E-Portfolios)
  • Accessibility in the Language Classroom


University of Virginia, 2014-2017


Stella Mattioli


M.A., University of Virginia, Italian Studies; Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese (2015)

B.A., Università degli Studi di Firenze, Organizzazione e gestione di eventi e imprese dell’arte e dello spettacolo; Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia (2005)

María J. Jorquera Hervás


Ph.D., Applied Linguistics, University of Valencia (expected 2021)

M.A., Spanish Literature, The Pennsylvania State University (2015), magna cum laude

Teaching with Technology Certificate, The Pennsylvania State University (2014)

B.A., Translation and Interpretation, University of Valencia (2012)

M.Ed., Secondary Education, Universidad Católica de Valencia (2009)

Year Abroad, Latin American Studies and English Linguistics, University College London (2008)

Esperanza Górriz Jarque


M.A., Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language, Menéndez Pelayo International University & Cervantes Institute (expected May 2022)

M.A., Spanish and Linguistics, West Virginia University (2013)

Certificate in University Teaching, West Virginia University (2013)                                            

M.A., English as a Foreign Language, University of Murcia, Murcia (Spain) (2008)

Lilian P.W. Feitosa


Lilian P. W. Feitosa finished her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2008. Her M.A. is also from UMass Amherst. She grew up in Brazil where she received her B.A. and teaching licensures in English and Portuguese from the Universidade de São Paulo before moving to the U.S. to study in 1996.

Marina Escámez Ballesta



Marina Escámez Ballesta was born in Murcia, Spain. She earned her M.A in World Languages with a specialization in TESOL and Spanish from West Virginia University in 2014, when she began teaching for UVA. At the department, she serves as the course coordinator of SPAN 2020. In July 2021 she joined the Center of Teaching Excelence as a Faculty Fellow

Sarah Annunziato


Ph.D.: The Johns Hopkins University, Italian, Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures (2007)

B.A.: Smith College, Italian and Government, Cum Laude, Department of Italian Languages and Literatures and Department of Government (2000)

Research Interests

  • Italian Children’s Literature, Media, and the History of Childhood in Italy
  • Film Adaptation and Italian Cinema and Television
  • Italian American Studies
  • Italian-Language Pedagogy


University of Virginia

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