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Ann Abbott

Director of Undergraduate Studies, Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese
Affiliated Faculty of Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Affiliated Faculty of Center for Global Studies

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Contact Information

Office Hours

  • Tuesday/Thursday 4:00 pm

Research Description

  • My work focuses on student learning outcomes in, as well as critical analysis of the following: foreign language community service learning, social entrepreneurship, social media and languages for specific purposes. I also create curricular materials that reflect current research. In order to engage with language educators and learners worldwide, I am active on social media (http://about.me/aabbott).

Distinctions / Awards

  • Chancellor's Academic Professional Excellence (CAPE) Award
  • University Distinguished Teacher-Scholar



  • Abbott, Ann. (Textbook) Comunidades: más allá del aula. Prentice Hall, 2009.

Chapter Books

  • (Textbook) Día a día: desde lo personal a lo profesional. . Chapter Book. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson, 2015.

Book Contributions

  • Abbott, Ann. "Putting Students to Work: Spanish Community Service Learning as a Countervailing Force." Creating Infrastructures for Latino Mental Health. Springer, 2011. 139-155.
  • Abbott, Ann. "Social Entrepreneurship and Community Service Learning: Building Sustainable Non-profits and Language Programmes." Specialised Languages in the Global Village: A Multi-perspective Approach. Ed. Carmen Llantada and Maida Watson. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011. 27-46.
  • Abbott, Ann, and Darcy Lear. "Matching Student Presentations to the Nature of Service Learning Work." Quick Hits for Service-Learning: Successful Strategies from Award Winning Educators. Indiana UP, 2010.

Journal Articles

  • Lafford, Barabara. "Spanish in the Professions and in the Community in the USA." Journal of Spanish Language Teaching 1.2 (2014): 171-186.
  • "Incorporating New Areas of Business into Business Language Studies: Social Media Marketing." Global Business Languages 19 (2014): 71-84. <http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1256&context=gbl>.
  • "Teaching Social Entrepreneurship: Business Concepts within Cultural Contexts." Cuadernos de ALDEEU Español para las profesiones y otros usos específicos. Spanish for the Professions and Other Specific Purposes 28 (2014): 139-153.
  • Abbott, Ann, and Darcy Lear. "Marketing Business Languages: Teaching Students to Value and Promote their Coursework." Global Business Languages 15 (2010): 3-15.
  • Abbott, Ann, and Darcy Lear. "The Connections Goal Area in Spanish Community Service-Learning: Possibilities and Limitations." Foreign Language Annals 43.2 (2010): 231-45.
  • Abbott, Ann, and Darcy Lear. ""Aligning Expectations for Mutually Beneficial Relationships: The Case of Spanish Language Proficiency, Cultural Knowledge and Professional Skills"." Hispania 92.2 (2009): 301-312.
  • Abbott, Ann, and Darcy Lear. ""Foreign Language Professional Standards and Community Service Learning: Achieving the 5 C's"." Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning 14.2 (2008): 76-86.
  • Abbott, Ann, and Maida Watson. ""A Business Language Faculty Development Program with Experiential Learning"." Global Business Languages 11 (2006): 3-21.