Emilia Illana Mahiques

Lecturer of Spanish Language


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.

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 used a Mixed Methods research approach to explore feedback giving and peer reviewing in the online context.

Emilia is also interested in curriculum design, Open Educational Resources (OER), Task-Based Language Teaching (TBLT), and social justice in the L2 classroom. In relation to these topics, she has carried out several projects throughout her time at Cornell.  

Recent Projects


  • Illana-Mahiques, E. & Severino, C. (2021). Spanish Writing Learners’ Stances as Peer Reviewers. Journal of Response to Writing.
  • Illana-Mahiques, E. (2021). Re-Thinking Peer Reviewing in the Virtual Context: The Roles of Giving and Receiving Online Feedback in L2 Spanish Classrooms. Languages, 6(3), 151.
  • Severino, C. & Illana-Mahiques, E. (2019). Second Language Acquisition Theories and Writing Center Research. In J. Mackiewicz & R. Babcock (Eds.), Theories and Methods of Writing Center Studies. A practical guide (pp. 94-105). Routledge, NY
  • Illana-Mahiques, E. (2018). Peer reviewing in L2 Spanish classrooms: Action research. Proceedings of the 2018 Second Language Acquisition Graduate Symposium. The University of Minnesota, MN

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