Sandra Martínez

Sandra Patricia  Martinez Franco



Research Interests

Applied Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Spanish regional variation


MA, TESOL, Spanish, University of Southern Mississippi

ABD. Spanish linguistics


Las variedades regionales del español. Coloquio de Cambio Lingüístico y Variación Lingüística. UNAM, Mexico City, Mexico. March 21-23, 2018.

Travel Agents Re-Imagined: A Digital Storytelling Project. SETESOL. Birmingham, AL. October 7, 2017.

Analyzing language policy in the Spanish as a second language classroom. Multidisciplinary Approaches in Language Policy and Planning Conference 2017. University of Toronto. Toronto, Canada. August 25, 2017

Las variedades lingüísticas en el aula de español como Lengua Extranjera (ELE). ALFAL Colombia. Universidad Nacional de Colombia. July 27, 2017

Implicit language Policies in the Spanish as a Foreign Language Classroom. The University of Alabama Language Conference. Tuscaloosa, AL. February 17- 18, 2017.

Moving out of the standard. Spanish varieties in the Foreign Language Classroom. Journal of Language and Literacy in Education Conference (JoLLE). Athens, GA. February 3-4, 2017.

Metaphorical Language as a Resource to Understand and Compare Cultures. Paper discussed in Panel: Addressing the 5Cs and global competence at the crossroads of pragmatic acquisition and culture integration. American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP). Miami, Fl. July 8th-11, 2016

¿Canté o he cantado? On the relationship of Spanish varieties of textbooks and the Spanish variety of instructors. An ethnographic study. Southeast Conference on Linguistics (SECOL). New Orleans, LA. March 28-31, 2016.

Hoy mi cerebro no funciona. El uso de metáforas en el salón de clase. 4to encuentro internacional de español como lengua extranjera. Bogotá, Colombia. August 18-20, 2015

Basic Vocabulary in the Spanish Classroom: Everyday Metaphors in Written and Spoken Discourse. AAFLT/SEALLT Annual Conference Advocacy: Speaking out for Foreign Language Education. Auburn, AL. January 30-31, 2015.

Basic Vocabulary in the Spanish Classroom: Everyday Metaphors in Written and Spoken Discourse (Poster session). MFLA Annual conference. Louisville, MS. October 24-25, 2014.

Training on ESL strategies for homeroom teachers. Hattiesburg Public Schools. 2012- 2013

Training on ESL strategies for homeroom teachers. Lamar County Schools. Hattiesburg, MS    October- November 2006

Motivation in the classroom. The influence of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation in second language acquisition. Centro Colombo Americano. January 2001.

Courses/Teaching Interests

Spanish: Basic, Intermediate and Advanced.


Current Projects

Spanish regional variation in the Language classroom.

Second language learning and anxiety.

Non-linguistic factors that may affect the acquisition of pronunciation of a foreign language.

Basic Vocabulary in the Spanish Classroom: Everyday Metaphors in Written and Spoken discourse.