Le Anne Spino
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Le Anne earned her Bachelor’s degree in 2009 at The College of New Jersey. She majored in Psychology (Cognitive) and Spanish and minored in Linguistics and French. Currently, she is working as a Coordinating Assistant to Dr. VanPatten. She develops online activities for the Spanish language textbook Sol y viento and is also designing an online SPN 150 course. In her spare time she enjoys running, traveling, and visiting family on the Outer Banks.
Her research interests include L2 Spanish processing, the acquisition of inflectional morphology, vocabulary acquisition, noticing, verbal protocol reactivity, and CALL.
Le Anne's research is divided into two main avenues, the first focusing on the acquisition of L2 Spanish morpho-syntax, and the second focusing on attention and awareness. In the domain of Spanish morpho-syntax, she has examined learners' sensitivity to gender and number agreement violations, and is currently comparing learners' sensitivity to temporal reference as encoded in verb morphology and lexical items (i.e., adverbs). She is also interested in comparing self-paced listening and self-paced reading tasks. In the domain of attention and awareness, she is currently researching, along with Dr. Aline Godfroid, the potential reactivity of verbal protocols during reading on L2 vocabulary acquisition. In a separate study, they also test different methodologies (eye-tracking and verbal reports) to tease apart attention and awareness, two isomorphic components of the Noticing Hypothesis.
Language Methodology Instructor
Michigan State University
LLT 307 - Methods of Language Teaching
Michigan State University
SPN 101, 102, 201
Spanish for Kids Instructor
Michigan State University
(CeLTA Language School)
English as a Foreign Language
VenUSA (Mérida, Venezuela)
- Loewen, S. Lavolette, E., Spino, L. Papi, M. Schmidtke, J., Sterling, S., & Wolff, D. (2013). Statistical Literacy Among Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition, TESOL Quarterly.
- Inceoglu, S. & Spino, L. (2013). Research in second language studies at Michigan State University. Language Teaching, 46(2), 1-6.
Recent SLA-Oriented Presentations
- Godfroid, A. & Spino, L. (2013, August). How complete are think-alouds? A comparison of verbal reports and finger tracking during L2 reading. Poster presented at IRIS Project Colloquia, York, England.
[Awarded the IRIS Project Colloquia Poster Prize]
- Godfroid, A. & Spino, L. (2013, August). One size fits all? The role of working memory in thinking aloud and task performance. Paper presented at EUROSLA, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
- Godfroid, A. & Spino, L. (2013, April). Effects of eye-tracking and think-alouds on text comprehension and vocabulary recognition. Poster presented at the Michigan State University Eye-tracking Mini Conference, East Lansing, MI.
- Spino, L. (2013, February). Grammatical Gender and Number: The Effects of Increased Time Pressure on Production and Comprehension. Paper presented at AAAL, Dallas, TX.
- Godfroid, A. & Spino, L. (2013, February). Timing Is of the Essence: Disentangling the Roles of Attention and Awareness in L2 Vocabulary Learning. Paper presented at AAAL, Dallas, TX.
- Spino, L. (2013, February). Grammatical Gender and Number: The Effects of Increased Time Pressure on Production and Comprehension. Paper presented at the Second Language Studies Symposium, East Lansing, MI.
- Schmidtke, J., Spino, L., & Lavolette, B. (2012, October). How statistically literate are we? Examining SLA professors’ and graduate students’ statistical knowledge and training. Paper presented at SLRF, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA.
- Lavolette, B. & Spino, L. (2012, April). Update on Statistical Literacy of Applied Linguists: Preliminary Results. Paper presented at the Second Language Acquisition Graduate Student Symposium, Madison, WI.
- Godfroid, A. & Spino, L. (2011, October). Reading in the experimental laboratory: A comparison of different data collection methods. Paper presented at SLRF, Iowa State University, Ames, IA.
Recent Pedagogy-Oriented Presentations
- VanPatten, B., Spino, L., Trego, D., & Hopkins, W. (2013, November). Creating proficiency outcomes: The Michigan State University Project. Paper to be presented at ACTFL, Orlando, FL.
- Spino, L. & Trego, D. (2013, November). Reduce, reuse, recycle: Strategies for planning effective immersion classes. Paper to be presented at ACTFL, Orlando, FL.
- Spino, L. & Trego, D. (2013, November). Refocusing the classroom: Goals before grammar. Paper to be presented at MIWLA, Lansing, MI.
- Trego, D. & Spino, L. (2013, July) “The Past Does Not Rule Me”: Putting grammar at the service of communication. Paper presented at the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP), San Antonio, TX.
- Spino, L. & Inceoglu, S. (2013, May). Spanish and French L2 spelling error correction: Do generic spell checkers help or hinder? Paper presented at CALICO, Honolulu, HI.
- Inceoglu, S. & Spino, L. (2013, May). Monitoring online courseware: Students’ behavior and perceptions. Paper presented at CALICO, Honolulu, HI.
- Trego, D. & Spino, L. (2012, November). Discovering Grammar: What happens when students make their own rules? Paper presented at ACTFL, Philadelphia, PA.
- Spino, L. & Inceoglu, S. (2012, November). Did they catch that error? Students’ use of spell checkers. Poster presented at ACTFL, Philadelphia, PA.
- Spino, L. & Trego, D. (2012, October). Immersion activities for kids: Maximizing target language use and minimizing prep time. Paper presented at MIWLA, Lansing, MI.
- VanPatten, B., Spino, L., Trego, D., Johnston, S. (2012, October). Click here. The why, what and how of hybrid and blended language courses. Paper presented at the Michigan World Language Association (MIWLA), Lansing, MI.