Laura Amador is a PhD student of applied linguistics at UCLA with a master’s degree in Hispanic linguistics. Her area of research is applied linguistics with a strong emphasis in adult second language acquisition and foreign language learning. She is particularly interested in ecological perspectives of learning and teaching that explore language within usage-based, interactive, contextual and cultural frameworks. She has taught foreign language Spanish at the college level for 6 years and plans to conduct research that explores the dynamic social, affective processes of L2 identity construction and how these inform and are manifested in language use.

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