Laura Marqués-Pascual

Language Program Director


Applied Linguistics; Second Language Acquisition; Language Teaching Methodology; Spanish in the United States; curriculum development


B.A. in Hispanic Philology (Universidad de Alcalá, Madrid)

M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language (Bowling Green State University, Ohio)

Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics - Emphasis: Second Language Acquisition (Univ of California, Davis)


Dr. Marqués-Pascual is the academic coordinator of all lower division courses in the department, including the Elementary and Intermediate Spanish and Portuguese sequences, Advanced Grammar and Composition, and the Heritage Speakers Program. Her research interests focus on curriculum development and instructional improvement, second language learning in study abroad settings, second language lexical development, and Spanish as a heritage language. Apart from directing the language program, she also teaches upper division courses and graduate seminars. She is curently the Director of the interdisciplinary Applied Linguistics Emphasis at UC Santa Barbara.


Marqués-Pascual, L. (2021). The impact of study abroad on Spanish heritage learners’ writing development. In Pozzi, R., Quan, T. & Escalante, C. Heritage Speakers of Spanish and Study Abroad. New York (NY): Routledge.

Marqués-Pascual, L. (2020). Los hablantes de español como lengua de herencia en los programas de estudios en el extranjero. in P. Taboada-de-Zúñiga Romero & R. Barros Romero (Eds.), Perfiles, factores y contextos en la enseñanza y el aprendizaje de ELE/EL2. Santiago de Compostela, Spain: Santiago de Compostela University Press. 

Marqués-Pascual, L. & Cortijo Ocaña, A. (2019). Second and Third Language Acquisition in Catalan-speaking Regions. Juan de la Cuesta: Hispanic Monographs.


Academic Coordinator of Language Courses:

SPAN 1, 2, 3 – Elementary Spanish

SPAN 4, 5, 6 – Intermediate Spanish

SPAN 25 – Advanced Grammar and Composition

SPAN 16A, 16B – Spanish for Native Speakers

PORT 1, 2, 3 – Elementary Portuguese

PORT 4, 5, 6 – Intermediate Portuguese

PORT 16A, 16B – Portuguese for Speakers of Romance Languages

SPAN 151A, 151B, 151C - Catalan Language and Civilization

Upper Division Courses taught:

SPAN 8A/B – Spanish conversation

SPAN 100 – Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics

SPAN 104 - Heritage Language Teaching

SPAN 109 – Spanish in the United States

SPAN 114B – Spanish Syntax and Morphology

SPAN 186 – Spanish Applied Linguistics

SPAN 147 – Business Spanish

Graduate seminars taught:

SPAN 590 – Foreign Language Teaching Methodology

SPAN 594 – Theories in Second Language Acquisition

SPAN 584HL - Heritage Language Teaching