Lorena Camacho-Guardado

Senior Lecturer

Areas of Specialization:  Applied Linguistics, Cognitive Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition, Methodology, Language Pedagogy

Office:  JO 5.514
Office Hours:  M: 12-1, W:12-1 or by appointment
Mail Station:  JO 31
Email:  [email protected]
Phone:  972-883-5423

I am a linguist and the Director of the Spanish Language Program at the School of Arts & Humanities at UT Dallas, and I have a tremendous vocation for teaching Spanish.

I hold a Ph.D. in “Spanish Linguistics” from the Universidad de Sevilla, Spain.

My dissertation, titled "Adquisición y uso de la expresión de la probabilidad en estudiantes de español como segunda lengua", focuses on the difficulties in the treatment of the different linguistic mechanisms for the expression of probability in Spanish for both teachers and learners as well as the search for better approaches (Cognitive Grammar) to facilitate the process of teaching/learning.

My research focuses on the difficulties in the treatment of certain linguistic mechanisms in Spanish for both teachers and learners as well as the search for more effective approaches and strategies that facilitate the learning process, and improve learners’ communicative competence. My areas of interest include Second Language Acquisition, Teaching Methodology, Language Pedagogy, Curriculum Design and Cognitive Linguistics.

Learning a foreign language means to see the world through the eyes of another culture, to understand the differences within both. That is why I believe affective component and motivation are very important elements for both interaction and the teaching/learning process. As a facilitator of the learning process, my goal is to make autonomous learners who can manage their own learning.

Over the last 12 years, I have had the opportunity to teach, coordinate, design and create a wide variety of specialized Spanish Language, Literature and Culture courses in Spain, Singapore, Slovakia and the United States, and in different teaching contexts. During these years, the invaluable constant interaction and dialogue with students and colleagues has made me grow as a teacher and as an educator.

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Ph.D. in Spanish and Linguistics, Universidad de Sevilla, 2011
M.A. + B.A. Licenciatura en Filología Hispánica, Universidad de Sevilla, 2003

Curriculum Vitae:  Lorena Camacho-Guardado's CV