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Reyes Llopis-García

Reyes Llopis-García
Senior Lecturer Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures
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    B04 in Casa Hispánica
    Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures
    612 W116th Street
    New York NY 10027
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    By appointment
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    (212) 854-3764
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    (212) 854-5322
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Reyes Llopis-García is originally from Granada, Spain, and attended Nebrija University in Madrid, where she majored in English Philology, minored in Tourism, and studied abroad in Michigan. She graduated with honors in Linguistics and immediately began her PhD studies in Applied Linguistics to Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language at her Alma Mater.

In order to conduct her research, Reyes moved to Aachen, Germany, in 2004, where she became faculty for Spanish and Linguistics at the Institut for Romanische Philologie at the RWTH Aachen University.

She obtained her PhD in 2009 and since then lives in New York City, where she is a proud member of the faculty at the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures. She co-directed the Spanish Language Program from 2011 to 2014 and every semester she organizes the successful Applied Pedagogy Workshops.

Academic Statement


Reyes Llopis-García holds a European doctorate (Doctor Europeus) with Honors in “Applied Linguistics to Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language” from Nebrija University in Madrid, Spain.

Her thesis, titled Gramática cognitiva e instrucción de procesamiento para la enseñanza de la selección modal, empirically focused on pedagogical and methodological approaches to teaching complex grammatical constructions to foreign learners. In 2010, her dissertation was awarded the Premio ASELE de Investigación (research award) by the Asociación para la Enseñanza de Español como Lengua Extranjera, and it has been published twice: in 2011 by ASELE, and again in 2012 by the Ministry of Education in Spain. In 2015, a Digital Edition of her PhD work was featured in the inaugural number of Portales: LAIC's Journal of Undergraduate Research. This annotated, digital edition was created by Barnard graduate Lacey Beck, whose work can be read here.

Dr. Llopis-García's major areas of research are Second Language Acquisition and Cognitive Linguistics, which she teaches at the graduate level at Nebrija University or Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo, among other institutions. Within these areas, the book Qué gramática enseñar, qué gramática aprender (Ed. Edinumen), co-authored with colleagues from Columbia University and the Instituto Cervantes, was published in 2012.

You can hear Dr. Llopis-García speak in a podcast interview, read a blog interview with her about Second Language Acquisition and Cognitive Grammar in the classroom, and see her moderate/participate in an online panel on the role of grammar in the SFL classroom. More recently, she has also been interviewed for the #TwitterELE-popular YouTube Channel ProfeDeEle TV. Both her teaching and research have concentrated on various aspects of the linguistics-oriented classroom: grammar, reading comprehension, written production, or the teaching/learning of language through content (CBT/CLIL). A tweeted summary of one of her latest lectures, entitled Aportaciones pedagógicas de la Lingüística Cognitiva a la enseñanza de gramática en E/LE, is available on Storify.

She is also interested in technology for language learning in her classes, mainly through Email Tandem exchanges and Twitter, the latter through the exploration of the linguistic landscape of ÑYC. Her research has been presented and published in several journals and conference proceedings.

As of May 2016, Reyes Llopis-García is the recipient of a Hybrid Learning Course Redesign and Delivery grant, awarded by the Provost of Columbia University. With her grant proposal, entitled A Flipped Approach to the Grammatical Curriculum of the Spanish Language Program: The Case of the Intermediate II Level, Llopis-García will re-design the grammatical curriculum of the Intermediate II level in order to facilitate access, processing, and agency of the students outside of the physical classroom.


During the Fall 2014, the "Course Relief Program" at Columbia University allowed Dr. Llopis-García to re-design and digitize her SPANW3300 course: Two Cultures, One Country: Islamic and Christian Influences in Spain Across Time. A blended learning and flipped classroom approach is now being used, along with several digital tools to foster and inform our undergraduate research objectives at LAIC. The newly designed course was very successfully implemented during the Spring 2015 term and continues during Spring 2017.

Her latest teaching project for the Spring 2016, SPANG4450 Mind and Body in Space: A Cognitive Linguistics Account of Language, was open both to Graduate and Undergraduate students. It was a success and there are plans underway to make the excellent work of its 12 students known.

Llopis-García's teaching of Intermediate and Advanced courses is directly connected to her research, as she is able to apply cognitive, psycholinguistic, and acquisition principles and approaches to classroom dynamics and language learning. Her experience as a teacher educator also enables her to ground her methodologies on collaborative work in the class with a task-based and problem-solving approach, and an explicit focus on grammatical form.


Currently advising one doctoral candidate at the Universidad de Granada, and two Master students at Universidad Nebrija. All her advisees research within her fields of expertise.

Her Graduate course on Teaching Methodology at LAIC took place in the Fall of 2016 and will be offered again during the Fall of 2017.