Celia Bravo Díaz

Assistant Instructional Professor in Spanish
cbravodiaz@uchicago.edu
Gates-Blake 226

Celia Bravo received her MA in Hispanic and Lusophone Literatures, Cultures, & Linguistics from the University of Minnesota, where she is currently a PhD candidate in Hispanic Linguistics (Second Language Acquisition). She also holds a BA in Translation and Interpretation from the University of Grenada, Spain, and she is a Sworn Translator appointed by the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation. Her research in Second Language Acquisition is concerned with understanding how second language learners of Spanish acquire new sound categories and the nature of their development in reference to linguistic, individual and social factors. She has also conducted research on language variation in monolingual and bilingual communities in Spain, where she is from.

She has taught a variety of in-person, blended and online undergraduate courses both in the United States and in Spain. In the field of second language assessment, Celia is an International Baccalaureate Examiner for Spanish Language Acquisition and a DELE (Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language) Examiner. Whether she is teaching Spanish language or linguistics courses, Celia uses a collaborative and inquiry-based learning approach to engage students with the use of Spanish in various social and geographical contexts, and to foster critical thinking skills that they can transfer to other disciplines. For this reason, at the University of Minnesota she has participated in several initiatives to integrate an immersive component into the Spanish curriculum through telecollaboration exchanges, digital storytelling projects and service-learning within the Spanish-speaking community. 

Recent Courses in RLL

  • SPAN 20100 Spanish Language, History, and Culture I (Autumn 2021)
  • SPAN 20400 Composición y conversación avanzada (Autumn 2021)