Assistant Professor of Spanish
710 McClung Tower
Phone: (865) 974-8987
Bernard Issa is an Assistant Professor of Spanish Linguistics with a specialization in Second Language Acquisition. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago. His dissertation research, supported by National Science Foundation and Language Learning dissertation grants, employed eye-tracking to investigate how learners allocate their attention under different instructional interventions. Bernard's broader research agenda examines how individual difference variables (e.g., motivation, attention, second language use, and working memory) relate to the learning and processing of second language grammar and furthermore, understand how those variables interact with learner external factors such as type of instructional intervention and learning context.
Bernard also serves as the First-Year Spanish Language Program Director and the Language Training Coordinator for Graduate Students.
- Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago
- Issa, B., Villegas, B., Morgan-Short, K., & Raney, G. (in press). An Eye-tracking Study on the Role of Attention and its Relationship with Motivation. EUROSLA Yearbook 15 (1). 114-142.
- Bowden, H., & Issa, B. (forthcoming). Neurolinguistic Perspectives. In Kim Potowski (Ed.), Handbook of Spanish as a Minority/Heritage Language. Routledge.