Cristina Sanz-Alcala


Co-Director, Center for Brain Basis of Cognition; Director, Barcelona Summer Program; Director, Intensive & SFS Spanish Program; Coordinator, Catalan Lectureship


Department of Spanish and Portuguese
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Cristina Sanz (Lic. Universitat de Barcelona, PhD UIUC 1994) is Professor of Spanish & Linguistics at Georgetown University where she directs the Intensive & School of Foreign Service Spanish Programs, the Barcelona Summer Program, and the Catalan Lectureship. An expert on multilingualism, her edited volume Mind and Context in Adult SLA received the 2006 MLA’s Mildenberger Award. Dr. Sanz has published over sixty articles, and books chapters in such scholarly venues as the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Language Learning, Applied Psycholinguistics, Modern Language Journal, Applied Linguistics, IRAL, Language Learning and Technology, and Neuropsychologia, as well as entries in several encyclopedias.

Professor Sanz has taught graduate courses in Spain and the Philippines and has educated generations of language teachers for over 20 years. She has been a consultant to the United Nations, the Instituto Cervantes, and the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). Currently, she has a contract with Wiley to publish a Manual Para la Formación de Profesores de Español.


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  • PhD (1994) U. of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Spanish Linguistics
  • Advanced Certificate (SLATE) (1993) U. of Illinois, Second language Acquisition and Teacher Education
  • Licenciatura (1985) Universitat de Barcelona, Spanish Philology


  • Catalan (speak, read, write)
  • French (read, write)
  • Italian (speak, read, write)
  • Portuguese (read, write)
  • Spanish (speak, read, write)