John Stevens, Ph.D.

Spanish Painting Associate Professor of Spanish
Office: Leutze Hall 288
Telephone: (910) 962-7595
FAX: (910) 962-7712
E-mail: stevensj

B.A., University of Southern California
M.A., San Diego State University
Ph.D., University of Southern California

John Stevens is an associate professor of Spanish in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where he teaches courses in Spanish language and linguistics. Originally from La Jolla, California, Professor Stevens earned his bachelor's degree in Spanish and international relations at the University of Southern California. As part of his degree program, he spent two years studying at the Instituto Internacional (Miguel Ángel 8) in Madrid, Spain. He also holds a master's degree in linguistics from San Diego State University and a doctoral degree in Hispanic linguistics from the University of Southern California.

Professor Stevens has directed successful study abroad programs in Madrid and Santander, Spain, and is currently co-director of the UNCW Study Abroad Program in Ubeda, Spain. His research interests include the acquisition of Spanish as a second language and Spanish dialectal variation. He is particularly interested in the connection between study abroad and the improvement in Spanish language proficiency. His article "Vowel Duration in Second Language Spanish Vowels: Study Abroad Versus At Home Learners" appeared recently in the journal Arizona Working Papers in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching. Currently he is revising the final draft of a paper entitled "The Effect of Acoustic Training on the Acquisition of Second Language Spanish Stops" to be published in the journal Verba.