Assistant Professor of Spanish Applied Linguistics,
Graduate Program Director, Spanish MAT                                              Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst    

pg289@camden.rutgers.edu / @PGarciaRU
http://prosperogarcia.weebly.com/

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 heritage and second language classrooms, 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 awarded the Chancellor’s award for teaching excellence at Rutgers University, Camden, was also nominated on two occasions to the Distinguished Teaching Award at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 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

Books

  • 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]

Forthcoming

  • García, P. N. (forthcoming, Fall 2017). Dynamic Assessment: Promoting in-Service Teachers’ Conceptual Development and Critical Language Awareness in the L2 Classroom. Language and Sociocultural Theory 4 (2).
  • García, P. N. (forthcoming, Fall 2017). Exploring the Role of Dynamic Assessment in Language Education. Language and Sociocultural Theory 4 (2).
  • García, P. N. (Forthcoming, October 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, December 2017). Promoting L2 in-Service Teachers’ Emocognitive 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. (Submitted, under review). Verbalizing: A Meditational to Promoting and Ascertaining Conceptual Development in the L2 Classroom. Foreign Language Annals.
  • García P.N. & Perez-Cortes, S. (Submitted, under review). Developing Grammatical Categories of Meaning Through Mediated Verbalizations in the Heritage Language Classroom. The Modern Language Journal.
  • García, P. N. (Forthcoming, January 2018). Implementing Concept-Based Instruction in the Spanish K-12 Classroom: The Case of Por and Para. In R. A. van Compernolle (Ed.) Concept-based instruction: Principle and classroom applications. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. (Double-blind; peer-reviewed).
  • 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). Developing aspectual awareness through Conscious Conceptual Manipulation for spatial and temporal control in the L2. 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). Exploring the Role of Mediation in the Development of in-service L2 Teachers’ Critical Language Awareness. To be Submitted to Applied Linguistics.
  • 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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