Emilia Illana joined the Romance Studies Department at Cornell University in Fall 2019. She completed her Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition at The University of Iowa and her M.A. in Foreign Language Literature and Pedagogy at the University of Delaware. Her fields of specialization are second language teaching, curriculum design, second language writing, digital narratives, technology, and assessment.
The beginning of her career focused on K-12 language education, teaching internationally in Spain, Denmark, and the US. Since 2012 she has focused on higher education. She taught Elementary and Intermediate Spanish courses, as well as upper level courses in Writing and in Speaking. She has also been a tutor at the Spanish Writing and Speaking Center and has recently co-author a chapter in the book “Theories and Methods of Writing Centers Studies: A Practice Guide” (Mackiewicz & Rebecca Babcoc, 2019).
Her main research interests lie in language pedagogy, second language writing development, and technology enhanced learning. Working at the intersection of these areas, her Ph.D. thesis explored feedback giving and peer reviewing in the online context. In summer 2019 she was invited by the Polytechnic University of Valencia as a Speaker in the 5th National Congress of Educational Innovation and Network Teaching.
Emilia is also interested in curriculum design, material development, teaching methods, and teacher training. Together with a former colleague, she recently developed L2 writing materials as part of an Open Educational Resources (OER) grant from the University of Iowa. Whenever possible, she continues taking courses in UX design with the ambition of applying this knowledge to the second language classroom context.