Laura Amador

Dr. Laura Amador, PhD

Field Group:  Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Office: Broad Hall 206

Phone: 909.607.1133



Laura Amador, PhD is a visiting Assistant Professor in the Modern Languages, Literature and Cultures Field Group at Pitzer College. Her expertise is in educational linguistics and second language acquisition (SLA) with a focus on motivational variability and affect in language learning across the lifespan. She also has expertise and interest in second language identity and the neurobiological and social mechanisms of communicative behavior related to primary and second language development. She applies usage-based, ecological and sociocultural perspectives to her research.

Recent publications on second language learning include: Affiliative Behaviors that Increase Language Learning Opportunities in Infant and Adult Classrooms: An Integrated Perspective (in Exploring the Interactional Instinct, Oxford University Press), and she is co-author of A Pioneer in the Use of Video for the Study of Human Social Interaction: A Talk with Frederick Erickson (University of California Press). She has also served as editor of the Center for Language, Interaction, and Culture Journal (CLIC GSA), Crossroads of Language, Interaction, and Culture.

Previously, she was an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the online M.A. program for TESOL at the University of Southern California. She has trained language teachers in the U.S. and abroad in interactionist and sociocultural theories of second language acquisition, was a teaching associate in applied linguistics, linguistics and Spanish at UC Davis and UCLA, and has taught language classes at the university level, in community programs and private academies for more than a decade in the United States and overseas. Dr. Amador has presented her research at conferences such as the American Association of Applied Linguistics, Second Language Research Forum, UC Consortium of Language Teaching and Learning, Communicative Practices in the Lifeworld (CPIL) at UC Berkeley and the International Pragmatics Conference.  Her most recent work deals with behavioral correlates of emotion in situated language learning, as well as affective shifts and their social function in classroom environments.

Dr. Amador received her PhD in Applied Linguistics from the University of California, Los Angeles, her MA in Spanish Linguistics from the University of California, Davis and her BA in Spanish and Magazine Journalism from San Francisco State University.



American Association of Applied Linguistics

Neurobiology of Language Research Group (UCLA)