Assistant Professor of Spanish Applied Linguistics,
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst / @PGarciaRU

311 N. Fifth Street, Armitage Hall
Room 434
Camden, NJ
(856) 225-2689

Assistant Professor Próspero N. García holds a PhD in Hispanic Linguistics (2012) from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with a focus on Applied Linguistics and Language Program Direction and Administration. As an applied linguist, his research interests lie in the fields of Spanish second language (L2) acquisition and pedagogy, Vygotsky’s sociocultural theory of mind, second language evaluation and assessment, technology enhanced language learning, educational linguistics, teacher training and development, and bilingual education.

His most recent publications studied the role of verbalizing in the conceptualization of grammatical categories, the implementation of concept-based teaching (C-BI) in the L2 Classroom, and the role of agency in the development and internalization of scientific concepts. Currently, he is exploring the role of conscious conceptual manipulation in the teaching and learning of conceptual categories in the Spanish K-12 classroom, the implementation of a Dynamic Assessment approach as a tool to foster L2 learning and development in secondary education, and the role of C-BI in the grammatical and pedagogical development of K-12 native and heritage educators.

Additionally, Dr. Garcia has been nominated on two occasions to the Distinguished Teaching Award at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, one to the Chancellor’s award for teaching excellence at Rutgers, Camden, and his pedagogical materials have been published in several textbooks. 

Research Interests

  • Sociocultural Theory and Second Language Learning and Teaching                                     
  • Spanish Second Language Acquisition and Pedagogy
  • Evaluation and Assessment in the Second Language Classroom
  • Foreign Language Teaching Methodology and Pedagogical Grammar
  • Language Program Direction and Administration                                           
  • Technology Enhanced Language Learning

Recent Articles in Refereed Publications

Refereed Book Reviews

  • García, P. N. (2014). Review of Ruiz Fajardo, Guadalupe (2012) Methodological Developments in Teaching Spanish as a Second and Foreign Language. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Hispania, 97, 3. 529-530.
  • García, P. N. (2014). Review of Deters, P. (2013). Identity, Agency and the Acquisition of Professional Language and Culture. London, UK: Bloomsbury. 2013. In LINGUIST List, 25.2351:


  • Blanco, J., C. C. Tocaimaza-Hatch & P. N. García (2013). Enlaces. Vista Higher Learning. Boston, MA. ISBN: 978-1-60576-092-6. [Contributing writer]
  • Courtad, J, K. Everly, & M. Gaspar (2012) Intrigas: Advanced Spanish Through Literature and Film. Vista Higher Learning. Boston, MA. ISBN 13 978-1-617-671036. [Contributing writer]
  • Amores, M., J. L. Suárez García, & M. Morris (2012) Experience Spanish. McGraw Hill. New York, NY. ISBN 978-0-07-353439-8. [Member of the Editorial Board of Advisors]
  • Blanco, J., C. C. Tocaimaza-Hatch & P. N. García (2011). Sueña, Second Edition. Vista Higher Learning. Boston, MA. ISBN: 978-1-60576-250-0. [Contributing writer]
  • Blanco, J., C. C. Tocaimaza-Hatch & P. N. García (2010). Imagina, Second Edition. Vista Higher Learning. Boston, MA. ISBN: 978-1-60576-092-6. [Contributing writer]


  • García, P. N. (Submitted, under review). Verbalizing: A Meditational to Promoting and Ascertaining Conceptual Development in the L2 Classroom. The Canadian Modern Language Review.
  • García, P. N. (Forthcoming, 2017). Conscious Conceptual Manipulation for L2 Development. In J. P. Lantolf & M. E. Poehner (Eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Sociocultural Theory and Second Language Development. New York: Routledge (Double-blind; peer-reviewed).
  • García, P. N. (Forthcoming, 2017). Promoting L2 in-Service Teachers’ Conceptual Development through Collaborative Dialogue. In M. Haneda & H. Nassaji (Eds.) Language as social action: Multiple perspectives. Bristol, England: Multilingual Matters (Double-blind; peer-reviewed).
  • García P.N. & Perez-Cortes, S. (In preparation). Heritage learners and the internalization of gramatical categories: A Vygotskyan approach to teaching and learning. To be Submitted to Language, Teaching, Research.
  • Rosborough, A., Buescher, K., Garcia, P. N., Hults, A., McCafferty, S., & Negueruela-Azarola (In preparataion). A Pedagogy with People Who Feel: Teaching and Learning World Languages in a Contradictory and Complex Educational Universe. To be submitted to the Harvard Educational Review.
  • García, P.N. (in preparation). Conscious Conceptual Manipulation at the core of L2 Conceptual Development: The case of Spanish por and para. To be Submitted to Language Awareness.
  • García, P. N. (in preparation). Conscious Conceptual Manipulation as a tool for Development in the Second Language Classroom. To be Submitted to Language, Teaching, Research.
  • García, P. N. (in preparation). Collaborative learning in the L2 classroom: Zones of Potential Development v. Affective factors. To be Submitted to Language Learning Journal.
  • García, P. N. (in preparation). Dynamic Assessment: Exploring the Role of Enrichment in the development of in-service L2 Teachers’ Critical Language Awareness. To be Submitted to Applied Linguistics.
  • García, P. N. (in preparation). Thinking-and-Speaking: Exploring the Effect of Mediation in L2 Learners’ Verbalizing protocols. To be Submitted to The Modern Language Journal.
  • García, P. N. (Work in progress). Group Dynamic Assessment in the Spanish Classroom: Towards a Model of Development-Referenced Assessment.

Courses Offered

  • Methods of Teaching Spanish
  • Acquisition of Spanish as a Second Language
  • Assessment and Evaluation in the Spanish Classroom
  • Psychological Foundations of Teaching Spanish
  • Sociocultural Theory in the Spanish Classroom: Rethinking activity
  • Technology in the Spanish Classroom
  • Spanish Grammar & Linguistics I
  • Spanish Grammar & Linguistics II
  • Introduction to Spanish Applied Linguistics
  • Introduction to Spanish Sociolinguistics
  • Concept Based Teaching in the k-12 Classroom

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