Elizabeth Naranjo Hayes

Elizabeth  Naranjo Hayes

PhD Romance Languages Program


Please visit my website for the most recent information: https://enhayes.people.ua.edu/

Elizabeth Naranjo Hayes moved to Tuscaloosa from Columbus GA to pursue her PhD in Romance Languages: Spanish Linguistics and French at the University of Alabama.

Born and raised in San Diego, California, Elizabeth’s family immigrated from Northern Italy and France to Mexico, and her parents immigrated from Mexico to the US.  She is a native speaker of both Spanish and English, a near-native speaker of French, and is proficient in all of the rest of the Romance Languages.

She attended high school in Les Clayes sous Bois, France, during 11th grade and absolutely connected with the language and culture of her ancestry.  She speaks in French at home with her middle child, and in Spanish at home with all three of her kids.  Her husband is a true Southerner who has picked up a few words of her many languages throughout the years.

She taught at San Diego State University, where she earned her Master’s Degree in Spanish Linguistics, then she joined the US Army and became an Active Duty Commissioned Army Officer.

After serving her country for a few years, she became the Director of a small k-12 accredited private school in Bonita CA (in San Diego County), until her husband joined the Army and they were stationed in his hometown of Columbus, Georgia.

She taught at Columbus State University the seven years they were in Georgia, where she served as the Faculty Advisor for CHispA (CSU Hispanic Association), the Goizueta Scholarship Chair and Advisor, and was the CSU Liaison for the Muscogee County Hispanic Outreach Committee.

While in Columbus GA, she also taught at Georgia Military College’s Columbus, Milledgeville Online, and Online campuses, where she served on the GMC President’s Faculty Advisory Council and also as a college recruitment advisor and Hispanic outreach officer.   She still currently teaches at Georgia Military College Online while at the University of Alabama.

In addition, she taught at the largest college on US Army Fort Benning: Central Texas College, serving her fellow Soldiers, Veterans, and their dependents.  Her proficiency in 19 languages was highly utilized as the sole interpreter for the Federal Court in the Middle District of GA for several years.

Her mission is life is to create bridges across cultures through shared language, and she believes that the world will be a better place if everyone will learn just one more language. That way people would be able to talk to someone they otherwise never would have talked to.

Pursuing her PhD in Romance Languages is a lifelong dream of hers, and she is ecstatic to be able to do so at the University of Alabama!  She enjoys Latin music, dancing, cooking, swimming, and having fun, but most of all she loves sharing her passion for language and culture with others.  Her husband is currently a graduate student at UA as well.  They have a kitten named “Chiquita Bonita Hayes” who wears tiny “Roll Tide” cheerleader dresses, and a tiny orange kitten named Pote (after their favorite character in “Queen of the South”).


  • PhD Romance Languages: Spanish & French Linguistics

The University of Alabama (2022)

  • US Army Commission, Active Duty

School of Infantry, Fort Benning, Georgia

  • MA Spanish Linguistics

San Diego State University, California

  • BA Spanish & French Language and Literature

San Diego State University, California

  • AA French

San Diego Mesa College, California

  • AA Liberal Studies

San Diego Mesa College, California

  • French

University of California at Berkeley, California (medical withdrawal)


Presenter: “A Comparative Acoustic Study of the /s/ in Coda in the Music and Interviews of 3 Top Colombian Music Artists.” The University of Alabama Languages Conference on 31 Jan – 1 Feb 2020.  Key topics: sociolinguistics, sociophonetics, phonology, dialectology, leveling.

Presenter: “Elision, Aspiration, or Maintenance of /s/ in Coda: a Comparative Acoustic Study of the Music and Interviews of 3 top Puerto Rican Music Artists.” Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference at Auburn University on 10-12 Oct 2019. Key topics: sociolinguistics, sociophonetics, phonology, dialectology, leveling, and identity linguistics.

Presenter: “Turn-taking by Spanish-English Bilinguals in the US. ” Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference at Auburn University on 10-12 Oct 2019. Key topics: conversation analysis, pragmatics, bilinguals in the US, turn-taking, and overlap.

Session Chair: Pedagogy Session 5 – Classroom Pedagogy. Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference at Auburn University on 10-12 Oct 2019

Presenter: Ahm, uh, and um: An acoustic study of conversational discourse markers in San Diego CA bilinguals – poster – 49th Linguistics Symposium of Romance Languages, University of GA, 1-4 May 2019

Presenter: “Ahm, uh, and um: Conversational discourse markers in San Diego bilinguals” –  2019 Kentucky Foreign Languages Conference, University of KY, 11-13 April 2019 

Presenter: “Ahm, este, uh, um: Conversational discourse markers in a bilingual” – UA Languages Conference, 8-9 Feb 2019


Presenter: The number 1 and 2 Latin songs “Mi gente” by J Balvin, and “Dura” by Daddy Yankee to show the global cultural impact of Spanish music, especially in the US – Languages Out Loud 2018, CSU, 11 Apr 2018

Organizer and MC: “Breaking the Stereotypes” televised Open Diversity Forum and Potluck, a televised event by Loretta Rose Show, on 6 Apr 2018 that was open to the community

Foreign Languages Judge (Spanish and French expert): Ledger-Enquirer Newspaper Page One Scholarship Mar 2017, Mar 2018

Faculty Presenter: 2018 Legacy Celebration and Diversity Conference, Columbus State University, on 15 Mar 2018

Presenter: “Access to higher education through Dual Enrollment in high school and community colleges” on Street Talk with Loretta Rose talk show, televised 13 Mar 2018

Featured in “Our Vote Counts” photo shoot campaign. Filmed at the Courier Eco Latino newspaper, Columbus GA, 18 Jan 2018

One of “Los 20 Hispanos Más Influyentes de Columbus GA, Ft. Benning GA y Phenix City AL” [20 most influential Hispanics] by The Courier /Eco Latino 3 Jan 2018 edition

Published Article: “My Thoughts of DACA and Dreamers” published by The Courier / Eco Latino, featured on the front page and on pg 4 of the 3 Jan 2018 edition

Organizer and MC: Dia de los Muertos Event to raise awareness of the sacred pre-Hispanic traditions of Mexico, open to the public, CSU, 10 Nov 2017

Panel Member:  Loretta Rose Show “How do Women build each other up?” televised on 8 Nov 2017

Presenter and promoter: Georgia Military College’s 137th and GMC Columbus’s 21st birthday event, televised on 17 Oct 2017

Published Article: “My Thoughts of DACA and Dreamers: Insight from a CSU Professor” published by The Saber Magazine pgs 13-14 in 3 Oct 2017 edition

Keynote speaker, MC, Moderator: Columbus State University Office of Diversity Latin Heritage event on 21 Sept 2017

Presenter: “Bringing the World and Its Cultures to Columbus State University: Interactive Learning with Multimedia and Realia” for CSU’s We Solve it! Faculty Symposium 10 Aug 2016

Guest Speaker: “Yes, you can go to college!” at Early College High School, Columbus GA, on 9 Aug 2016

Presenter: “Latino access to higher education” on  local CCGTV Show on behalf of Columbus State University, televised on 27 July 2016

Guest Speaker: “Why Spanish is a crucial life skill” at Shaw High School, Columbus GA, 10 May 2016

Judge: Chattahoochee Valley Foreign Language Fair (French and Spanish) March 2013, 2014, 2016


Best Student Poster Presentation – 49th Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages – University of Georgia, 4 May 2019

Certificate of Appreciation – Central Texas College  – Fort Benning GA campus, 25 June 2018

Adjunct Faculty Member of the Year – Georgia Military College, 1 June 2018

Honored as one of “The 20 most influential Hispanics in Columbus, Fort Benning, and Phenix City” – Front page of the Courier Eco Latino newspaper, Columbus GA, 4 Jan 2018

Professor of the Month – Lambda Psi Chapter of Delta Zeta of CSU, 11 Oct 2017

Honorary Coach/Most Influential Professor – CSU Women’s Basketball team, 25 Jan 2017

Most Influential Professor – CSU Women’s Soccer Team, 18 Oct 2014 (1st year); 28 Oct 2015 (2nd year)



Teaching Interests

Fall 2020 – French 101 (Atelier) – Hybrid: Online and AudioVisual due to COVID-19

Summer 2020 – SPAN 201 (Protagonistas) – online due to COVID-19

Spring 2020

Intercultural Competence focused course.

  • SP-353-006 – MWF 9:00 am – 9:50 am in BB Comer Hall 262
  • SP-353-007 – MWF 10:00 am – 10:50 pm in BB Comer Hall 262

Fall 2019 – SPAN 201 (Imagina)

Summer 2019 – SPAN 101 online (Portales)

Spring 2019 – SPAN 101 (Protagonistas)

Fall 2018 – SPAN 102 (Protagonistas):

Georgia Military College Online: SPA 101, 102, 201, 202 (Vistas)


SPAN 1001, 1002, 2001, 2002 at Columbus State University, Columbus GA

SPAN 1411, 1412 at Central Texas College, Fort Benning GA

Spanish 101, 102, 201, 202 at San Diego State University, San Diego Mesa College, and San Diego City College, San Diego CA


The University of Alabama: http://www.ratemyprofessors.com/ShowRatings.jsp?tid=2439165

Columbus State University, GA: http://www.ratemyprofessors.com/ShowRatings.jsp?tid=1696338

San Diego State University &  SD Community College District – Mesa College, City College: https://www.ratemyprofessors.com/ShowRatings.jsp?tid=792625


Research Interests

The sociolinguistics and the sociophonetics of popular Latin Music

I love top Latin music and I would love to be the world expert on the sociolinguistics and the sociophonetics of popular Latin Music and its impact on the Spanish currently being spoken in the US!  I believe there is SO MUCH to unpack there, and I am excited to start working on it in my dissertation!

Popular Latin Music and Second Language Acquisition

I teach through the songs on the Billboard Hot Latin charts, since it was one of my two Masters theses at San Diego State University! I showed that if you use the song lyrics to teach the grammar, the music to sing along and teach the pronunciation, the music videos to teach about the culture, *and have students move to the music* so they incorporate both sides of their brain as they learn a second language, it absolutely sticks! I have tested this methodology for the past MANY years I have taught, and it has *ALWAYS* worked, as you can see by my high ratings and students that happily leave bilingual and still singing along to Spanish music long after my course has ended!  I have created and copyrighted hundreds of creative, useful and silly infographics for language learning, many of which are available at https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Lengua-Es-Cultura.