American Association of Teachers of Spanish and          Portuguese - Southern California Chapter

Join us for the 2019 Fall Meeting of our chapter this November 9 at USC!

Save the date: this coming Saturday November 9, 2019 we will hold our Fall Meeting of the Southern California Chapter of the AATSP. The meeting will take place at the University of Southern California. Start preparing your proposals for presentations, the call-for-papers is coming soon too. More details will be shared here as they become available.

Professor Amy Williamsen passes away

We would like to share the sad news about the untimely passing of Prof. Amy Willamsen this last April 22. Prof. Williamsen, who did her doctoral work at USC under Dr. Parr, worked at Occidental College and at the University of Arizona, where he became a full professor. After leaving the University of Arizona as professor emerita, she became the chair of the Dept. of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Having published several books on Golden Age literature, Professor Williamson will be remembered for her scholarly contributions, her generosity, her warmth and effervescence. Professor Jim Parr, who has been her dissertation director and colleague, wrote this brief note remembering her.

Thank you for joining us at the 2019 Spring Meeting of our chapter and thank you to PCC!

We would like to thank all our colleagues that the 2019 Spring Meeting of our chapter Saturday, April 6. Special thanks to our friends at Pasadena City College for organizing such a great meeting and to distinguished Professor Emeritus of Spanish at UCR and Golden Age specialist,  Dr. Jim Parr for giving the keynote speech "Now.... About Literature..." You can find the complete program here

HISPANIA: Call for papers for short-form articles, deadline: ongoing

Starting in 2019, Hispania is pleased to announce the creation of a new section of ‘Short-form Articles,’ which will accompany our existing array of ‘Research Articles.’ All short-form submissions should promote an inclusive and forward-thinking vision for the second century of the AATSP and should be free of biased language, unsupported speculation, and content that might be regarded as promotional. Authors of successful submissions should be open to making changes to their short-form article prior to publication based on suggestions from the editorial review process. Submissions are accepted on an ongoing basis and should be sent to Click here for more information.

Great 2018 Fall Meeting in UC Santa Barbara

The Southern California Chapter of the AATSP woud like to thank the  Department of Spanish and Portuguese at UC Santa Barbaraits for organizing the 2018 Fall Meeting this past October 27 .  Thank you also to professor Eve Zyzik from UC Santa Cruz who gave who gave a very well received keynote speach ("¿Por qué y para qué enseñar gramática: Nuevas perspectivas sobre algunos problemas clásicos del español"). Click here for the program of the meeting.

Thank you Azusa Pacific!

The chapter would like to thank Azusa Pacific University and its Department of Modern Languages for welcoming us this past April 21 for our 2018 Spring Meeting. The keynote presentation by Dr. Laura Marqués-Pascual, Language Program Director at the Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese, UC Santa Barbara, and the rest of the presentations proved to be estimulating and rewarding. You can see the full program here.

Professors Dumitrescu and Andueza interviewed about new book on L2 pragmatics

Our very own professor Dominta Dumitrescu and also professor Patricia Lorena Andueza of University of Evansville were recently interviewed about their book that was just released L2 Spanish Pragmatics. They discussed the book in an interview with the publisher Rutledge, Taylor and Francis. You can read the interview here. Congratulations Domnita!

Thank you CSUN!

The Southern California Chapter of the AATSP would like to thank California State University, Northridge for welcoming us this past October 28 for our Fall 2017 Meeting. Thank you to Tom Beeman for his plenary presentation and to the other presenters. You can see the PROGRAM here.

Professor Dumitrescu, PhD Named a Lifetime Achiever by Marquis Who's Who

Our very own Professor Domnita Dumitrescu, professor emerita at California State University, Los Angeles, and an avid contributor to the AATSP at the national and local level, has been named a Lifetime Achiever by the organization Marquis Who's Who for her contributions to the field of linguistics. Reed the press release here. Congratulations Domnita!


El Quinto concurso anual de deletreo en español para escuelas secundarias se realizó con éxito el pasado 15 de abril en el Wilden Lecture Hall de Azusa Pacific University (APU). Participaron un total de 19 escuelas de distintos distritos escolares del centro y sur de California. Rodrigo Amaya, de Perris High School, obtuvo el primer puesto; Rosemarie Giron Haiyande Quarz Hill High School, el segundo puesto; y Tania López, de Gladstone High School, el tercer puesto.

Pocas horas más tarde, como ya es tradicional, un numeroso grupo de niños de escuelas primarias realizaron también su propio Concurso de Deletreo. El objetivo de estos concursos anuales, organizados por la prof. Marcela Rojas, de APU, y un equipo de profesores universitarios y de secundaria, es promover el estudio de la lengua española en los niveles primarios y secundarios para animar a los estudiantes a continuar dicho aprendizaje en la universidad. Este año los jueces del concurso para escuelas secundarias fueron David Zarazúa, de USC; Paola Andrea Gómez, de Glendale Community College; Michel Pereira, de APU y Eduard Lucas Caba, de Cal Poly Pomona.

A big thank you to Santa Monica Community College!

The Southern California Chapter of the AATSP would like to thank Santa Monica Community College and Professor Alejandro Lee of the Department of Modern Language and Cultures for welcoming us this past April 22, 2017. Thank you also to Professor María M. Carreira Co-director of the National Heritage Language Resource Center at UCLA and Professor of Spanish at California State Long Beach for giving the keynote address. Click here for the complete program of our meeting. Finally, we will like to express our most sincere gratitude professors Margarita López and Amàlia Llombart for being our president and vice-president the last two years. After holding elections, Professor Llombart was elected the new president and professor Adrián Pérez Boluda will function as vicepresident.

Professor Domnita Dumitrescu recognized in the Member Spotlight page of the AATSP

This past January one of our own, Professor Domnita Dumitrescu, was recognized by the national office of the AATSP in its Member Spotlight page. Congratulations Domnita! You can see the current colleague who who is being honored with this recognition by clicking here.

2016 Fall Meeting of the Southern California Chapter of AATSP

The Southern California Chapter of the AATSP would like to thank Loyola Marymount University for organizing our 2016 Fall Meeting on November 12, 2016. You can see the program here.Thank you LMU!

April 23rd 2016 AATSP-SoCal Spring Meeting!

After a very successful spring conference last fall at CSU Channel Islands, this Spring meeting was scheduled at Cal Poly Pomona and organized by the vice-president, Dr. Amàlia Llombart. The more than sixty attendees were welcomed by Dr. Liliane Fucaloro—Chair of the English and Foreign Languages department—and Dr. Isabel Bustamante, Coordinator of the Foreign Languages Program, while they partook of a continental breakfast. They then attended the Plenary Session, facilitated by the renowned Italian neurolinguist Dr. Eleonora Rossi, who spoke about the complexity of second language learning and its neurological benefits. After the well-received plenary session, attendees went to the simultaneous sessions on language and literature, which lasted until late in the afternoon. During lunch, Stella Manley—Cal Poly Pomona alumna and Spanish instructor—received a recognition for her loyal support of the AATSP-SoCal conferences. Attendees also enjoyed the exhibits of an undergraduate poster session and contest, as well as a lively discussion with the posters’ authors. The students Alicia Ayala and Galia Alba were the recipients of the undergraduate research poster contest award in the areas of literature and linguistics, respectively.

Many thanks to the Dean of the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, Dr. Sharon Hilles, and to the Chair of the Department of English and Foreign Languages, Dr. Liliane Fucaloro, for sponsoring and supporting the conference. Also, many thanks to the wonderful students of the Spanish Language Association and DePie for the extraordinary help in organizing this conference.

Our next conference will be at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, on November 12!

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1. Dr. Eleonora Rossi, plenary speaker.
2. Students of the Spanish Language Association and DePie take a lunch break from their hard work assisting to every detail in the organization of the conference.
3. Dr. Isabel Bustamante and Dr. Llombart give a well-deserved recognition to Stella Manley for her loyal support to the AATSP-SoCal.
4. Lively discussion during the poster session
5. Galia Alba and Alicia Ayala, recipients of the Undergraduate Student Poster Contest Award, next to their faculty mentors, Dr. Llombart and Dr. Albalá.


AATSP Southern California Chapter Fall 2015 Meeting : Thank you CSU Channel Islands!

The Southern California Chapter of the AATSP would like to thank the Department of Spanish, the Office of Student Life, the John Spoor Broome Libraray, and the Student Research Steering Council at the CSU Channel Island for the successful organization of the Fall 2015 Meeting of our chapter. Also thank you to the Mexican Consulate in Oxnard, to Vista Higher Learning, and to CENGAGE Learning for their contributions. You can see the program of the meeting here 

Thank you University of La Verne for a great Spring Meeting!   

The Southern California Chapter of the AATSP would like to express its gratitude to the University of La Verne for organizing the Spring Meeting of the chapter this past April 25, 2015. You can take a look at the impressive program of presentations that were given that day.

Great Fall Meeting of the Southern California Chapter of AATSP at USC, October 25, 2014 

Our 2014 Fall Meeting at the University of Southern California was a huge success! We had an emotive homage to USC Professor Emerita Carmen Silva Corvalán and an excellent plenary presentation by Professor Comfort Pratt from Texas Tech University. Attendees were able to participate in a series of very interesting presentations and workshops (see program here) and they also had the opportunity to catch up with colleagues and old friends during lunch. Thanks to the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Vista Higher Learning, Cengage Learning, the Department of Modern Languages at Azusa Pacific University, the Embajada de España, and the Phi Omicron Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi.

Thank you Pasadena City College for organizing the Spring 2014 SoCal Conference of the Southern California Chapter of the AATSP

Pasadena City College organized a very successful meeting of our chapter on Saturday, April 26. See the PROGRAM here. Thanks for allowing us to visit your campus and having a very productive and informative meeting.

Fall Meeting of the SoCal Chapter of AATSP. October 26, 2013 at UCLA  was huge success

The Southern California chapter of the AATSP would like to thank Professor Claudia Parodi and all her collaborators at UCLA for helping us in the organization of a very succesfull meeting this past October 26, 2013. Approximately 100 people attended the meeting and 80 of them were able to stay with us for lunch. Professor Fernando Rubio from the University of Utah gave a very well received plenary presentation titled "Going Beyond the Flipped Classroom in World Languages," you can find his presentation here. To see the program, click here.

¡Ganamos! The Southern California Chapter of the AATSP is the 2013 recipient of the Chapter of the Year Award

The Southern California Chapter of the AATSP is the 2013 recipient of the Chapter of the Year Award presented by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. The AATSP Awards Selection Committee found the chapter credentials to be outstanding.As the recipient of this award, your chapter will receive a certificate and the check for $500 at the Awards Banquet of the 2013 AATSP conference in San Antonio, Texas. Thanks to all the people and institutions who have supported this past year and have made this possible.