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Ana Fernández Dobao

Associate Professor, Spanish; Language Program Director

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(206) 543-2058
PDL B-233
Office Hours: 
T 12:00 - 1:00 and by appointment


Ph.D., University of Santiago de Compostela, 2005
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Ana Fernández Dobao received her PhD from the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain) in 2005. She taught at Brown University and the University of Montreal (Canada) before joining the University of Washington in 2007.

Ana's area of specialization is applied linguistics with a focus on second language acquisition and foreign language teaching methodology. Her research interests center on learner-learner interaction, task-based language teaching, and the use of the first language in second language learning. In her most recent work she has examined the opportunities that collaborative writing tasks offer for learners to focus their attention on language, to collaborate in the solution of their linguistic problems, and to co-construct language knowledge. Currently, she is also working on a project that studies peer interaction within the context of the Spanish heritage language classroom.

Most recent publications include:

Fernández Dobao, A. (2016). Peer interaction and learning: A focus on the silent learner. In M. Sato and S. Ballinger (Eds.). Peer interaction and second language learning: pedagogical potential and research agenda (pp. 33-61). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
Fernández Dobao, A. (2015). Usos del metalenguaje en una actividad de escritura colaborativa: hablando sobre el imperfecto y el indefinido. E-Aesla, 1.
Fernández Dobao, A. (2014a). Attention to form in collaborative writing tasks: Comparing pair and small group interaction. Canadian Modern Language Review, 70/2, 158-187.
Fernández Dobao, A. (2014b). Vocabulary learning in collaborative tasks: A comparison of pair and small group work. Language Teaching Research, 18/4, 497-520. 
Fernández Dobao, A. & A. Blum. (2013). Collaborative writing in pairs and small groups: Learners’ attitudes and perceptions. System, 41/2, 365-378.


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