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Barbara Lafford

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Biography

Barbara A. Lafford is a professor of Spanish in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts. In addition to her professorial duties, Lafford has served as the associate dean of extended education and as head of the languages and cultures faculty group in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts at the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus. Since arriving at ASU, she has published in the areas of Spanish sociolinguistics, second language acquisition (SLA), Spanish applied linguistics, computer assisted language learning (CALL), and languages for specific purposes/experiential learning. Lafford has taught graduate courses on Spanish linguistics, sociolinguistics, second language acquisition, research methods in linguistics, the use of technology to teach second languages, Spanish for the professions, and Spanish applied linguistics. She has also worked with the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, the School of Social Work, and the College of Nursing and Health Innovation to create Spanish courses focused on the needs of students in those fields, so they can interact effectively with the community they serve. Under her leadership, the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts created an undergraduate minor and certificate in Spanish for the professions that is offered at the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus and online. Professor Lafford has participated in her profession at the national level in several capacities. She has served as associate editor for the Applied Linguistics section of Hispania, chair of the Board for CALICO (the Computer-Assisted Language Instruction Consortium), and she held the post of editor for the Monograph/Focus Issue Series of the Modern Language Journal from 2005–14.

Education
  • Ph.D.  Romance Linguistics (Spanish Linguistics and Applied Linguistics), Cornell University
  • M.A. Romance Linguistics, Cornell University
  • B.A. Spanish, Middlebury College
Research Interests

Prof. Lafford's recent publications have focused on languages for specific purposes (Colina & Lafford, 2018; King & Lafford, 2013; King de Ramírez & Lafford, 2014, 2017; Lafford, 2012 [Focus Issue, MLJ], 2013, 2015, 2017; Lafford, Abbott & Lear, 2014; Lafford & Petersen, 2007; Sánchez López, Long & Lafford, 2017), the effect of context on the SLA experience (with a focus on the acquisition of discourse and strategic competencies in study abroad and classroom environments, Lafford, 2004, 2006; Lafford & Collentine, 2006; Lafford & Uscinski, 2013; Magnan & Lafford, 2012; Segalowitz et al., 2004), the interplay of social and cognitive factors on the language acquisition process (Lafford, 2006, 2007 [Focus Issue, MLJ]; Salaberry & Lafford, 2004), the acquisition of the second language lexicon (Lafford, Collentine, & Karp, 2003), and computer-assisted language learning (Lafford, King de Ramírez & Wermers, 2018; Lafford & Lafford, 2005; Lafford, Lafford & Sykes, 2007; Lafford, 2009 [Focus Issue, MLJ]; Smith & Lafford, 2009). Prof. Lafford has co-edited two significant volumes dealing with Spanish second language research and teaching (Lafford & Salaberry, 2003; Salaberry & Lafford, 2006) and a retrospective of Spanish Applied Linguistics in the 20th C (Lafford, 2000). She has also presented her research and has given workshops at national and international conferences in the fields of sociolinguistics, second language acquisition, computer-assisted language learning, and languages for specific purposes/experiential learning.

Publications
  • See CV
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SPA 492Honors Directed Study
SPA 493Honors Thesis
SPA 499Individualized Instruction
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SPA 492Honors Directed Study
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SPA 493Honors Thesis
SPA 499Individualized Instruction
SPA 691Seminar
SLC 691Seminar
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SPA 403SPA Gram and Stylistics for Pr
SPA 492Honors Directed Study
SPA 493Honors Thesis
SPA 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SPA 403SPA Gram and Stylistics for Pr
ENG 492Honors Directed Study
SPA 492Honors Directed Study
SPA 493Honors Thesis
SPA 499Individualized Instruction
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SPA 484Internship
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SPA 484Internship
SPA 493Honors Thesis
SPA 494Special Topics
SPA 499Individualized Instruction
ENG 499Individualized Instruction
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SPA 484Internship
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SPA 484Internship
ENG 492Honors Directed Study
ENG 493Honors Thesis
SPA 493Honors Thesis
SPA 494Special Topics
ENG 499Individualized Instruction
SPA 499Individualized Instruction
SPA 691Seminar
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
SPA 484Internship
ENG 492Honors Directed Study
SPA 492Honors Directed Study
SPA 493Honors Thesis
ENG 499Individualized Instruction
SPA 499Individualized Instruction
SPA 598Special Topics
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
SPA 404SPA in U.S. Prof. Communities
SPA 493Honors Thesis
Presentations

See CV.

Honors / Awards

Provost’s Teaching Fellow, one of 10 faculty to receive an award to develop modules to enhance the teaching of new ASU faculty, fall 2015-spring 2018.

Best of AZLA (Arizona Language Association) award for technology workshop at the 2009 AZLA conference (co-presented with Peter A. Lafford)

Research award from the Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium for most outstanding article in CALICO Journal in 2007 (Lafford, Lafford & Sykes)

Service Award from the ASU Advisors’ Association, Spring 2005.

Mentoring Appreciation Award, Preparing Future Faculty, Arizona State University, 2004

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award 1987

Arizona Language Association (teaching and service awards) 1990s

Fulbright-Hays Dissertation Fellowship 1977-78

Editorships

Monograph/Focus Issue Editor for the Modern Language Journal (2005-2012).

Associate Editor for Applied Linguistics, Hispania.

Professional Associations

American Association of Appllied Linguistics

American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)

Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO)

International Symposium on Languages for Specific Purposes (ISLSP)

Modern Language Association (MLA)

 

Graduate Faculties / Mentoring History

Member of graduate faculty of the School of International Letters & Cultures (SILC) for Spanish linguistics.

Work History

Arizona State University (Assistant, Associate, Full) Professor of Spanish)

Service

See CV.

Expertise Areas