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Luis Cerezo- Ceballos

Associate Professor World Languages and Cultures

Additional Positions at AU

  • Director, Spanish Language Program
Dr. Cerezo designs, evaluates, and implements audiovisual technology for second language learning. He is the author of Talking to Avatars, a computerized tutor that allows students to learn Spanish by interacting with pre-filmed actors. His research investigates the effects of type of computerized practice and corrective feedback on language development, both as a product and process, and takes into consideration learner individual differences. Prof. Cerezo teaches courses in Spanish linguistics, translation, second language acquisition, language technology, and research methods.


Ph.D. (distinction), Spanish Linguistics, Georgetown University
Ph.D. candidate, Translation, U. of Málaga
M.S., Spanish Linguistics, Georgetown U.
M.S., Computational Linguistics, Georgetown U.
M.S., Machine Translation, U. of Manchester

Languages Spoken
Spanish, English, Italian, German

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  • Fall 2017

    • SPAN-559 Colloquium on Latin America: Spanish Teaching Methodologies
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    • SPAN-705 Sem: Spanish & Latin Amer Stds: Language Research Methods
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  • Spring 2018

    • SPAN-456 Spanish Topics: Language Learning Videogames
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

Edited Books

  • Leow, R. P., Cerezo, L., Baralt, M. (2015). A Psycholinguistic Approach to Technology and Language LearningBerlin, Germany; Boston, MA: De Gruyter Mouton.

Journal Articles

  • Cerezo, L., Caras, A., & Leow, R. P. (2016). Effectiveness of guided induction versus deductive instruction on the development of complex Spanish “gustar” structures: An analysis of learning outcomes and processes. Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 38, 265-291.
  • Leow, R. P., & Cerezo, L. (2016). Deconstructing the “I” and “SLA” in ISLA: One curricular approach. Studies in Second Language Learning and Teaching6(1), 46–63.
  • Cerezo, L., Baralt, M., Suh, B. R., & Leow, R. P. (2014). Does the medium really matter in L2 development? The validity of CALL research designs. Computer Assisted Language Learning, 27(4), 294–310.

Book Chapters

  • Cerezo, L. (2015). Theoretical approaches to CALL research: Toward a psycholinguistic perspective. In R. P. Leow, L. Cerezo & M. Baralt (Eds.), A psycholinguistic approach to technology and language learning. (pp. 23-46). Berlin, Germany; Boston, MA: De Gruyter Mouton.
  • Cerezo, L., Moreno, N, & Leow, R. P. (2015). Psycholinguistically motivated CALL activities. In R. P. Leow, L. Cerezo & M. Baralt (Eds.), A psycholinguistic approach to technology and language learning. (pp. 243-257). Berlin, Germany; Boston, MA: De Gruyter Mouton.
  • Cerezo, L. (2014). Interpreting. In M. Lacorte (Ed.), The Routledge handbook of Hispanic applied linguistics. (pp. 313-331). London, UK; New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Cerezo, L. (2012). Beyond hybrid learning: A synthesis of research on e-tutors under the lens of SLA theory. In F. Rubio & J. J. Thoms (Eds.), AAUSC Volume 2012: Hybrid language teaching and learning: Exploring theoretical, pedagogical and curricular issues. (pp. 50-66). Boston, MA: Heinle, Cengage Learning.

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • 2012 Harold N. Glassman Dissertation Award in the Social Sciences, Georgetown University.
  • 2011, Teaching with Technology Award, CTRL, American University

AU Expert

Area of Expertise:

Spanish linguistics, second language acquisition, e-learning, language-teacher training, translation and interpreting, computer-aided translation

Additional Information:

Luis Cerezo was born and raised in Málaga, a mini-Babel of sorts on the Spanish Mediterranean. His early interest in languages drove him to complete a BA in translation and interpreting at the University of Málaga, followed by graduate research in Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Cerezo holds a PhD in Spanish Applied Linguistics from Georgetown University and is a PhD candidate in translation and interpreting at the University of Málaga. Additionally, he holds an MS in machine translation from the University of Manchester and two MS degrees from Georgetown University, in computational linguistics and Spanish applied linguistics. Cerezo has a passion for technology and visual arts and is the author of several language-learning applications and short films. In bringing these interests together, he developed Talking to Avatars,a computerized tutor that allows students to interact with prefilmed actors to learn Spanish in real-life situations.

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