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Lourdes Ortega




Department of Linguistics
General profile

Office hours

MW 12:30 pm -1:30 pm


Lourdes Ortega’s main area of research is in second language acquisition, particularly socio-cognitive and educational dimensions in adult classroom settings. She has also long-standing interests in second language writing and foreign language education and has published widely about systematic research synthesis and epistemological and ethical dimensions of second language acquisition research. In the last few years she has become interested in applying insights from bilingualism and from usage-based linguistics to the investigation of second language development. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii (2000) and has been a doctoral Mellon fellow (1999), a postdoctoral Spencer/National Academy of Education fellow (2003), and a senior research fellow at the Freiburg Institute of Advanced Studies (2010). Her publications include the book Understanding Second Language Acquisition (Hodder, 2009) and several collections with John Benjamins and Routledge. She is the editor of Language Learning and serves on the editorial boards of a number of other journals.


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  • Ph.D. (2000) University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, Second Language Acquisition
  • M.A. (1995) University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, English as a Second Language
  • Licenciatura (1986) University of Cadiz, Spain, Spanish Philology


  • German (speak, read, write)
  • Greek, Modern (1453- ) (speak, read, write)
  • Spanish (speak, read, write)