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Mariana Gonzalez Boluda

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Office Hours

  • By appointment


I was born and raised in Spain. I have lived in France, England and then Jamaica, where I was teaching Spanish since 1996, first at the University of the West Indies and then at the University of Technology, Jamaica. I moved to the USA in 2015. I am currently completing my Doctorate Degree in Spanish Philology with the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain. 

Specializations / Research Interest(s)

Use of Web 2.0 to maximize Foreign Language learning. Development of Intercultural Communicative Competence and Learner Autonomy. ,

Research Description

  • My Research centers on the use of blogs, wikis, Facebook and other social networks as tools to foster autonomous learning and student motivation in foreign language learning.


  • Diploma of Advanced Studies (DEA) and M.Ed. in Foreign LanguageTeaching. National University of Distance Education, Spain
  • B.A Spanish Philology, University of Murcia, Spain


  • SPAN 228 Spanish composition
  • SPAN 204 Advanced Spanish Grammar in Context
  • SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish I
  • SPAN102 Elementary Spanish II
  • SPAN 103 Intermediate Spanish

LLS Titles & Affiliations

  • ASELE, 1996- present
  • AILA, Research network (ReN)
  • MLA


Journal Articles

  • "Towards an intercultural perspective in Manuals of Spanish as a Foreign Language." Zona Próxima No 22 (2015): 216-225.
  • "Towards Language Learner Autonomy in Higher Education through the use of Blogs and Wikis." Zona Próxima No 16 (2012): 14-29.
  • "Exploring autonomous learning as a way of improving Foreign Language proficiency in Jamaican Tertiary Education. ." The UWI Quality Education Forum (2012):
  • "Use of Blogs and Social Networks for Foreign Language Learning in a University Context." Núcleo No 29 (2012): 39-57.
  • "Comparative study of online translators: Systran, Reverso and Google." Núcleo No 27 (2010): 187-216.