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Claudia Fernández, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor & Director of Spanish Basic Language Program

Hispanic and Italian Studies

Pronouns: She/Her


Building & Room:

University Hall 1714


601 S Morgan

Office Phone:

(312) 996-0491

Class and Drop-in Hours - Fall 2022
Monday 09:00am – 09:50am SPAN 102
Wednesday 09:00am – 09:50am SPAN 102
11:00am – 12:00pm Drop-in Hours
Friday 09:00am – 09:50am SPAN 102


I am fascinated by how adults learn additional languages and how additional language teaching can be most effective. That is why my area of expertise is learning Spanish as an additional language and how languages are learned in the classroom. My research interests are materials research, task-based language teaching, and input processing/processing instruction. In addition to Directing the Spanish Basic Language Program at UIC, I also train and mentor current and future language teaching professionals, and regularly participate in conferences and other professional development events both nationally and internationally.

Selected Grants

UIC Center for the Advancement of Teaching Excellence (CATE), Action Research Scholars (to begin 2023), Fellowship

Selected Publications

Fernández, C. & Berwick, A. (2022). Using Language Learning Materials: Theory and Practice. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.


Fernández, C. (2022). Instructors’ use of innovative teaching materials within a task-based curriculum in higher education in the USA. In C. Fernández & A. Berwick (Eds.), Using Language Learning Materials: Theory and Practice. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.


Corpas, J., García, E., Garmendia, A., Soriano, C., & Fernández, C. (2022). Aula en acción 1. Klett World Languages.


Fernández, C. (2021). Trials-to-criterion as a methodological option to measure language processing.  In M. Leeser, G. Keating & W. Wong (Eds.) Research on input processing and processing instruction: Studies in honor of Bill VanPatten. John Benjamins.


Fernández, C. (2021). From grammar-driven to proficiency-based: Improving the Spanish language curriculum in Higher Education. The Language Educator, 16, 28-31.


Fernández, C. (2020). Instructors’ perspectives on the value of innovative teaching materials in USA higher education. Folio, 1, 4-11.

Publication Aggregators

Professional Leadership

Associate Editor, RESLA/SJAL (Revista Española de Lingüística Aplicada)

Higher Education Committee member, AATSP

Co-founder, SOLPHE (Symposium on Language Pedagogy in Higher Education)


PhD Spanish Linguistics, University of Illinois-Chicago
M.A. Spanish, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee