Dr. Melanie D'Amico

Dr. Melanie D'Amico
Associate Professor
Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Department of
Arts and Sciences, College of
Root Hall A-154
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  • Ph.D. - Romance Languages, University of Florida - 2010
  • M.A. - Spanish, University of Florida - 2006
  • B.S. - Spanish, The Pennsylvania State University - 1998

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Teaching Interests

  • Spanish language courses, Hispanic Linguistics, Applied Linguistics

Research Interests

  • Second Language Acquisition with a focus on learning contexts

Dr. D'Amico has a Bachelor's degree from the Pennsylvania State University in Spanish with a Business Option, an Master's in Spanish from the University of Florida, and a Doctorate in Romance Languages with a specialization in Hispanic Linguistics from the University of Florida. She has also studied abroad in Salamanca, Spain at the Universidad de Salamanca and in Rome, Italy at the Torre di Babele Italian language school. She has been a member of the ISU faculty since 2010 and has taught a variety of courses in Spanish and Applied Linguistics at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her areas of research include Second Language Acquisition (primarily focusing on Spanish as a second language), study abroad, foreign language classrooms, and other language learning contexts. Currently, Dr. D'Amico serves as the Graduate Program Director for the Master's program in Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.



LLL 200 Introduction to study in Languages, Literatures, & Linguistics
LLL 607 Research Methods in Languages, Literatures, & Linguistics
Linguistics 420/520 Language Acquisition
Spanish 201 Intermediate Spanish 1
Spanish 202 Intermediate Spanish 2
Spanish 301 Advanced Spanish Grammar
Spanish 400/595 Spanish Syntax and Morphology
Spanish 402/502 History of Spanish
Spanish 495/595 Spanish Pragmatics
Spanish 601 Advanced Spanish Grammar (graduate level)
Italian 101 Beginning Italian 1

B.S. Spanish with Business Option, The Pennsylvania State University

M.A. Spanish, University of Florida, Thesis: Comparing Focus on Form Instruction to Focus on Forms and Focus on Meaning Instruction of the Spanish Direct Object Clitic Pronouns

Ph.D. Romance Languages, University of Florida, Dissertation: The Effects of Intensive Study Abroad and At Home Language Programs on Second Language Acquisition of Spanish


D'Amico, M. (2015). Complexity of Interaction in a Second Language Conversation Group: An Exploratory Study. Open Journal of Modern Linguistics 5, 348-360.

D'Amico, M. (2014). Exploring the development of communication abilities of intermediate-high Spanish learners during online chatting.Journal of Advances in Linguistics 4 (3), 376-387.

D'Amico, M. (2014). Comentario sobre el artículo de Maripaz García: El problema de los pronombres para los aprendices de español como segunda lengua. Revista Nebrija de Lingüística Aplicada 16. 

D'Amico, M. (2013). Approaching the direct object pronouns: How much grammatical form is necessary in instruction? Open Journal of Modern Linguistics 3 (4), 319-329. 

D'Amico, M. (2012). L2 fluency and Willingness to Communicate: The impact of short-term study abroad versus at-home study. US-China Foreign Language 10 (10). 1608-1625. 

D'Amico, M. (2010). The Effects of Intensive Study Abroad and At Home Language Programs on Second Language Acquisition of Spanish (Doctoral dissertation, University of Florida, 2010).

D'Amico, M. (2007). "El uso de los pronombres reflexivos del español como lengua extranjera al nivel principiante." Conference Proceedings, Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities. 1190-1203.