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Ana Fernández Dobao (she/her/hers)

Associate Professor, Spanish; Language Program Director

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PDL B-233
Office Hours: 
W F 12:00-1:00 and by appointment


Ph.D., University of Santiago de Compostela, 2005

Dr. Fernández Dobao is an Associate Professor in the Spanish and Portuguese Studies Department and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics. She is the Director of the UW Spanish Language Program, a core faculty member of the Graduate Certificate in Second and Foreign Language Teaching, and the Chair of the Committee on Multilingual Teaching, Research, and Learning. She serves as Associate Chair of the Spanish and Portuguese Studies Department.

Dr. Fernández Dobao’s area of specialization is applied linguistics with a focus on second language acquisition, heritage language learning, and foreign language pedagogy. In her research, she explores language learning processes in the classroom. She is currently working on a project that analyzes interaction, scaffolding, and the co-construction of language knowledge between second and heritage language learners in mixed classes. She is also collaborating in a study on the acquisition of the minority language by children in a Spanish/English dual immersion setting.


Selected Research

Courses Taught

Additional Courses

Winter 2020:

  • LING 449 A: Second Language Learning
  • LING 549 A: Second Language Learning


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