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Research and innovation

ILCE conducts research in the field of applied linguistics and the teaching of Spanish as a second language language. Our goal is to transform our research results into practical applications for language class in assessment, teaching and curriculum development .

In our research projects, we collaborate with researchers and professors from universities around the world. Our research teams are international and we offer opportunities for students from postgraduate program to come and work with us.


ILCE focuses on seven main research areas within the field of applied linguistics and Spanish language teaching from a sociocultural perspective.

Communication teaching, teacher preparation and teaching methodology.

Concept teaching, internalisation and the socio-cultural mind.

Teaching pronunciation, phonetic articulation and new digital personalities.

Teaching creativity, fusion and digital storytelling.

Experiences and experiences: personal transformation and development linguistic.

Language proficiency, placement tests and dynamic assessment.

Research methodology, the arts and generalisation.

The ILCE International Committee of Experts is composed of internationally renowned professors from universities around the world and experts from the private and public sector. The members of the committee of experts assist and advise on research issues and development academic issues in the teaching and assessment of Spanish at the University of Navarra. The ILCE CIC serves as a forum for discussion and enquiry for research professors at the University of Navarra, especially on issues related to international projects and research agendas in applied linguistics.


Dr. James P. Lantolf
Full Professor in Language Acquisition and Applied Linguistics and director of the Center for Language Acquisition
The Pennsylvania State University (USA)

Dr. Rafael Salaberry
Full Professor at Humanities and director of the Center for Language and Cross-Cultural Communication
Rice University (USA)

Dr. Lourdes Ortega
Professor and Director of department of Linguistics
Georgetown University (USA)  

Dr. Barbara A. Lafford
Professor and director of department of Languages and Cultures. Professor, Barrett Honors College.
Arizona State University (USA)


Dr. Teresa Cadierno
Professor in Spanish SLA, department of language and Communication
University of Southern Denmark (Denmark)

Dr. Susana Silvia Fernández
Institute of Aesthetics and Communication
University of Aarhus (Denmark)

Dr. Javier Muñoz-Basols
Senior Associate Professor and coordinator of the Spanish program at School of Medieval and Modern Languages.
Founding co-editor of the Journal of Spanish Language Teaching
University of Oxford (UK)


Dr. José Miguel Blanco Pena (白士清)
Full Professor of University, department of Spanish
publisher and Director of SinoELE e-journal
Tamkang University (Taiwan)

Dr. Arturo Escandón
Full Professor at Education of Foreign Languages, department de
programs of study of Spain and Latin America
Nanzan University (Japan)

Dr. Montserrat Sanz
Professor of Linguistics
Kobe City University of Foreign Studies (Kobe, Japan)

If you are doing research in the field of teaching Spanish as a second language language from the perspective of sociocultural psychology, please send us an email. We have different funding and research opportunities for both new and established research professors.

More information on research

- 2018/2019
Nausica Marcos Miguel
Assistant Professor Denison University

- 2017/2018
Carmen Carracelas-Juncal
Associate Professor University of Southern Mississippi

- Fall 2016 / Spring 2017
Manuel Pulido Azpiroz
Doctoral student visiting from The Pennsylvania State University (USA)

- Spring 2017
Antoni Fernandez Parera
Doctoral student visiting from University of Miami (USA).

ILCE has research funds to come and do research in the field of Applied Linguistics from the perspective of Sociocultural Psychology. You can also come to study for a PhD at the University of Navarra.

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Doctoral School

ILCE white papers are scientific reports written by ILCE researchers to report in a brief and straightforward manner on complex issues in language research, learning, teaching and assessment.

These research papers explain ILCE's views on central issues in language learning and teaching, such as the goal of learning a second language language, the complexity of language assessment or how verbal thinking patterns change when learning another language.

ILCE White Papers

(1) "Global Responsible Academic Literacy: Learning a Language with Purpose in a Connected World". Eduardo Negueruela Azarola (Spring 2018)

(2) "Capturing Expertise in Changing Circumstances: Proficiency as Adaptability" (Autumn 2018)

(3) "Why I Don't Have a Voice in Spanish: Personality and Language Learning" (Spring 2019)

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Global Seminars & Invited Speaker Series

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Congresses and conference Research

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