Abby Dings

Notable Achievements

Associate Professor of Spanish Abby Dings’ article titled “The Undergraduate Spanish Major Curriculum: Faculty, Alumni and Student Perceptions” (coauthored with Tammy Jandrey Hertel) was published in the Winter 2017 issue of Foreign Language Annals.

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Expertise

Second Language Acquisition, Sociolinguistics, Interactional Competence

Abby 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.

Abby received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 2007, her M.A. from University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1995, and her B.A. from Binghamton University in 1992.

  • Abby 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.

    Abby received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 2007, her M.A. from University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1995, and her B.A. from Binghamton University in 1992.

  • Hertel, Tammy, & Dings, Abby. (2017). The undergraduate Spanish major curriculum: Faculty, alumni and student perceptions. Foreign Language Annals 50, 697-716.

    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 Pineros (Eds.), Theory, Practice, and Acquisition (pp. 371-381). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.