Modern Languages & Literatures - Spanish

Abigail Dings

Associate Professor of Spanish

Areas of expertise
Second Language Acquisition, Hispanic Linguistics, Interactional Competence

Abby, a native of Buffalo NY, received her Ph.D.in Spanish Linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on the development of Interactional Competence by learners in the study abroad setting. In addition to its academic contributions, this research  seeks to deepen our understanding of ways to create pedagogic environments that maximize the learning experience for students both at home and abroad.  Abby's academic pursuits in Spanish have been complemented by travels in Latin America and Spain, and by time spent living in Mexico and Spain, working in a variety of settings including an orphanage, an English language school, and a study abroad company.


Education

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin 2007
M.A., University of Wisconsin at Madison 1995
B.A., Binghamton University 1992

Teaching Philosophy


Previous Courses

Spanish 1, 2, 3 & 4; Spanish in the United States; Spanish Sociolinguistics; Spanish Phonetics and Phonology; Spanish Second Language Acquisition; Advanced Grammar and Conversation; Intermediate Oral and Written Expression


Research

Publications

Dings, Abby, (2014). Interactional Competence and the development of alignment activity: A Case study of a Spanish language learner. Modern Language Journal, 98, 742-756.

Hertel, Tammy, & Dings, Abby. (2014). The undergraduate Spanish major curriculum: Realities and faculty perceptions. Foreign Language Annals, 47, 546-568.

Dings, Abby. (2012). Native speaker/nonnative speaker interaction and orientation to novice/expert identity. Journal of Pragmatics, 44, 1503-1518.

Dings, Abigail, and Jobe, Theodore. (2003) Negotiating obstacles: Extended repair sequences in native-nonnative interaction. In Paula Kempchinsky and Carlos-Eduardo Piñeros (Eds.), Theory, Practice, and Acquisition (pp. 371-381). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.

Conference Presentations

 

"Service Learning and Undergraduate Research." The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages 2014 Conference. San Antonio, Texas. November 2014.

 

"Learning about Spanish Oral Proficiency Evaluation: An Online Resource." Co-written with Dale Koike, Judy Liskin-Gasparro, Lori Czerwionka, and Malia LeMond. The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages 2013 Conference. Orlando, Florida. November 2013.

"The Undergraduate Spanish Major Curriculum: Faculty, Alumni, and Student Perspectives." Co-written with Tammy Hertel. The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages 2013 Conference. Orlando, Florida. November 2013.

"A Tool for Oral Proficiency Evaluation for Teachers." Co-written with Dale Koike, Lori Czerwionka, Jocelly Meiners and Karyn Rayburn. The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese 2013 Conference. San Antonio, Texas. July 2013.

"The Undergraduate Spanish Major Curriculum: Perceptions and Reality." Co-written with Tammy Hertel. The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese 2013 Conference. San Antonio, Texas. July 2013.

"Language Learners in Interaction: Orientation to Novice and Expert Identities." Dialogue in Multilingual, Multimodal, and Multicompetent Communities of Practice Workshop. Austin, Texas. March 2013.

"Lights, Camera, Action!: Using Authentic Materials to Promote Conversational Skills." Co-written with Theodore Jobe. The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages 2012 Conference. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. November 2012.

"To Caption or Not to Caption: Authentic Materials and Learner Comprehension Strategies. Co-written with Theodore Jobe. South Central Association for Language Learning Technology. Boulder, Colorado. April 2012.

"Teaching Students to be Great Conversationalists." Co-written with Theodore Jobe. The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages 2011 Conference. Denver, Colorado. November 2011.

"Bringing Cultures and Communities in the Classroom through Podcasting." Co-written with Tammy Jandrey Hertel, Lynchburg College, and Stasie Harrington, University of Wisconsin, Madison. The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages 2011 Conference. Denver, Colorado. November 2011.

"Students Watching Authentic Video Materials Together: An Analysis of Listening and Reading Comprehension Strategies, and the Co-construction of Meaning." The Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium 2011 Conference. Victoria, British Columbia. May 2011.

"Students Watching Authentic Video Materials Together: Learner Identity and the Co-construction of Meaning." Co-written with Theodore Jobe. Texas Foreign Language Education Conference 2011. Austin, Texas. April 2011.

"We've Got Video. Now What?" Co-written with Theodore Jobe. South Central Association for Language Learning Technology. Austin, Texas. April 2011.

"Getting Help: A Longitudinal Analysis of Patterns of Repair in NS/NNS Interactions." American Association for Applied Linguistics Conference 2011. Chicago, Illinios. March 2011.

"What's on the Tele? The Use of Target-language Television Series for Teaching Reading, Listening Comprehension, and Cultural Literacy." Co-written with Thedore Jobe. South Central Modern Language Association 2010. Forth Worth, Texas. October 2010.

"The Role of Alignment Activity in Interactional Competence." Texas Foreign Language Education Conference 2010. Austin, Texas. April 2010.

"Co-constructing Conversation and Identity: Native/Nonnative Speaker Interaction." First International Conference on Spanish and Portuguese Dialogue Studies. Austin, Texas. April 2007.

"Native/Nonnative Speaker Interaction and the Co-construction of Interactional Competence." Second Language Research Forum. Seattle, Washington. October 2006.

"Sharing the Burden: Co-construction in Native/Nonnative Speaker Interaction." 14th World Congress of Applied Linguistics. Madison, Wisconsin. July 2005.

"Co-constructing Interactional Competence: Native/Nonnative Speaker Interaction." The Seventh Conference on the Acquisition of Spanish and Portuguese. Minneapolis, Minnesota. October 2004.

"Developing Interactional Competence in a Second Language: Spanish Language Learners in the Study Abroad Context." The Sixth Conference on the Acquisition of Spanish and Portuguese. Albuquerque, New Mexico. October 2003.

"Co-constructing the Task: Paired Reading and Activity Theory." The Thirteenth Colloquium on Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literature and Romance Linguistics, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas. March 2003.

"Negotiating Obstacles: Extended Repair Sequences in Native-Nonnative Interaction." Co-written with Theodore Jobe. The Fifth Conference on the Acquisition of Spanish and Portuguese. Iowa City, Iowa. October 2002.

"Study Abroad Stories: Oral Narrative Structure and Function." Co-written with Theodore Jobe. The annual conference for the American Association for Applied Linguistics. Salt Lake City, Utah. April 2002.

"Co-constructing Narration: Helping L2 Learners Tell Stories." Co-written with Theodore Jobe. The Twelfth Colloquium on Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literature and Romance Linguistics, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas. March 2002.