Jorge Aguilar-Sánchez

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Jorge Aguilar-Sánchez

Assistant Professor

  • Full-Time Faculty

Profile

Dr. Jorge Aguilar-Sánchez is an Assistant Professor of Spanish. He has published several articles in research design, sociolinguistics and teaching methodology. His publications appear in the Journal of World Englishes, The Journal of Research Design and Statistics for Linguistics and Communication Studies, in Selected Proceedings of the Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, the book Delivering Processing Instruction in Classrooms and Virtual Contexts: Research and Practice, and other publication venues.

Dr. Aguilar-Sánchez is a native of Costa Rica who enjoys teaching and foreign/second language teacher preparation. His research agenda include a multidisciplinary approach that draws from the fields of Psychology, Second Language Acquisition, Linguistics, Pedagogy, Instructional Systems Technology, and Computer Science.

His latest projects include work on sample size planning for sociolinguistics research, student engagement in and outside of the classroom with the aid of technology, instructed second language acquisition and its pedagogical approaches. 

Faculty or Staff Perspective

As part of my research agenda, one of my objectives is to implement best practices in research design in the area of sociolinguistics and pedagogy. I am currently working on a Primer on Multilevel Logistic Regression and a procedure for sample size determination to be used in sociolinguistic research.

I also continue working on the search for best practices for the facilitation of second language acquisition in the classroom and work with teachers to implement new ideas to enhance the classroom experience in the XXI Century. In this line of research, I search for ways to enhance student participation and minimize the Atlas Complex (Lee and VanPatten, 2003) in an era where students are seeking for interactive courses. I explore pedagogical approaches that help me create student-centric classes where second language acquisition is at the core of each lesson.

Degrees

  • Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics, Indiana University 2009  
  • Ph.D. in TESOL and Applied Linguistics, Indiana University 2009  
  • M.A. in Hispanic Linguistics, Indiana University 2006
  • M.A. in TESOL and Applied Linguistics, Indiana University 2004
  • B.A. in English Language Teaching, Universidad Nacional, Costa Rica, 1995

Professional Activities

  • TESOL
  • ACTFL
  • MLA

Research Interests

  • Research Methodology
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Second/Foreign Language Pedagogy
  • Instructional Systems Technologies
  • Second Language Acquisition Pedagogy
  • World Englishes
  • Syntax

Recent Publications, Presentations, Performances

Publications

Aguilar-Sánchez, J. (2014). "Replicability of (Socio)Linguistic Studies." Journal of Research Design and Statistics in Linguistics and Communication Science (1), 1 – 21.

Aguilar-Sánchez, J. (2012). "Formal Instruction and Language Contact in Language Variation: the Case of Ser and Estar + Adjective in the Spanishes of Limón, Costa Rica." In Geeslin, K., & M. Díaz-Campos (Eds.), Selected Proceedings of the 14th Hispanic Linguistic Symposium (9-25). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.

Aguilar-Sánchez, J., Cubillo, D., Duran, M., Josephy, D. (2009). "Por una política educativa basada en la ciencia: el caso de ingles en Costa Rica." Memoria del 2do Congreso Internacional en Lingüística Aplicada (CILAP). Heredia: Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica.

Aguilar-Sánchez, J. (2007b). "Spanish Second Language Acquisition and Its Impact on General SLA Theory." Memoria del 1er Congreso Internacional en Lingüística Aplicada (CILAP). Heredia: Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica.

Aguilar-Sánchez J. & McNulty, E. with Lee, J. F. & Benati, A. (2007). "Chapter 4: Comparing three modes of delivering Processing Instruction on preterit/imperfect distinction and negative informal commands in Spanish." In Lee, J. F. & Benati, A. (2007a). Delivering Processing Instruction in Classrooms and Virtual Contexts: Research and Practice (pp. 73-98). London: Equinox.

Aguilar-Sánchez, J. (2007a). "The use of Spanish Ser and Estar + adjectives: A sociolinguistic pilot study on the oral Spanish of Costa Rica." Proceedings of the 5th Hawaii International Conference on the Arts and Humanities. Hawaii: Hawaii International Conferences

Aguilar-Sánchez, J. (2005). "nglish in Costa Rica." World Englishes, 24(2), 161-172.

Work in progress

With Ken Kelly, University of Notre Dame. "Dichotomous Variables in Repeated Measures Designs: A Primer on Multilevel Logistic Regression." (To be submitted for Publication Fall 2015)

With Thomas Donar, "Emergent Technologies and the Teaching of World Languages: Student Engagement outside and inside of the classroom," (To be submitted for publication Fall 2015)

With Beverly Hartford, Indiana University. "Costa Rican Englishes: The struggle, induced by language attitudes, of an inner circle against an expanding circle variety." (to be re-submitted for publication Spring 2015)

"Emergent Technologies and Second Language Acquisition Facilitation." (To be submitted for publication Fall 2017).

With Ken Kelly, University of Notre Dame. Sample Size Planning in the context of Multi-level logistic regression: A Methodological Contribution to the Study of Individual and Group Variation. (To be submitted for Publication Fall 2016)

"A new approach to the study of the acquisition of pragmatic competence: The case of Spanish tú and usted." (To be submitted for publication Fall 2017)

Conference Presentations

With Thomas Donar, Emergent Technologies and the Teaching of World Languages: Student Engagement outside and inside of the classroom. IV Congreso Internacional de Lenguas Modernas: Por la Diversidad Lingüística y Cultural. Universidad de Costa Rica. 2014.

A Step forward: A power-analytic approach to the study of language variation, the case of Copula + adjective in the bilingual Spanish of Limón, Costa Rica. Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics 7. Madison, WI. 2014.

The Craft of Writing in the 21st Century Language Classroom. In The Art of Teaching and the Craft of Learning Special Session. MMLA Conference, Milwaukee, WI. 2013.

Methodological Issues and the Replicability of Variation Studies. New Ways of Analyzing Variation 41 (NWAV41), Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. 2012.

Sample Size Planning in Sociolinguistic Research: How many subjects? How many tokens? Which Statistical Analysis? New Ways of Analyzing Variation 40 (NWAV 40), Georgetown University, Washington, DC (Workshop.) 2011.

Formal instruction and language contact in Language variation: The case of ser and estar + adjective in the Spanishes of Limón, Costa Rica: Hispanic Linguistics Symposium 2010. Indiana University, Bloomington (10/20). 2010.

How many speakers? How many tokens?: A methodological contribution to the study of variation. New Ways of Analyzing Variation 38 (NWAV 38), University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada. 2009.

With Deyanira Cubillo, Mairene Durán and Daniel Josephy, Por una política educativa basada en la ciencia: el caso de ingles en Costa Rica. 2do Congreso Internacional en Lingüísitica Aplicada (CILAP) 2009, Universidad Nacional, Heredia, Costa Rica. 2009.

Aportes de la Investigación del Español como Segunda Lengua al Campo de la Investigación en Segundas Lenguas en General  [Spanish Second Language Acquisition and Its Impact on General SLA Theory]  1er Congreso Internacional en Linguistica Aplicada (CILAP)  2007, Universidad Nacional, Heredia, Costa Rica. 2007.

Técnicas de Recolección y Análisis de Datos en la Investigación de la Adquisición de Segundas Lenguas. Data collection and Data Analysis for Research on Second Language Acquisition. 1er Congreso Internacional en Linguistica Aplicada (CILAP)  2007, Universidad Nacional, Heredia, Costa Rica

A new approach to the study of the acquisition of pragmatic competence: The case of Spanish “tú” and “usted”. Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics (GURT). Washington, DC. 2007.

The use of Spanish Ser and Estar + adjectives: A sociolinguistic pilot study on the oral Spanish of Costa Rica.  5th Hawaii International Conference on the Arts and Humanities. Hawaii: Hawaii International Conferences. Hawaii. 2007.