Kelsey Rademacher

Graduate Student


I am originally from a suburb of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In high school I had my first real opportunity to be immersed in Spanish when I traveled to Spain with a school group and completed a short home stay. I knew I wanted more of these experiences, and as an undergrad, I studied abroad for a semester in Quito, Ecuador and completed a teaching internship in the small town of Cariacu in the northern highlands near Cayambe. After earning my BA, I spent a year living and working as an English teacher in Santiago de Chile, Chile. Back in the US, I worked as a service coordinator for an early intervention program which provided therapy services to children under age three with developmental delays or disabilities. In this capacity, I was the organization's only contact person for Spanish-speaking families. There, I was able to learn from speech language pathologists and early childhood teachers about first and second language acquisition in the early years. I love learning about the intricacies of language and while my main interest is in Spanish, I am also studying Portuguese and am gaining a basic understanding of German in my free time.

Research Interests

  • Second Language Acquisition- especially in early childhood and the school-age period
  • Heritage Learners
  • Bilingualism
  • Sociolinguistics


  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, M.A. in Spanish Linguistics (expected May 2018)
  • University of Minnesota--Twin Cities, B.A. in Spanish Studies and English, 2012

Distinctions / Awards

  • FLAS Academic Year 17-18 for the study of Brazilian Portuguese
  • Phi Beta Kappa


  • SPAN 122 Intensive Elementary Spanish, Fall 2016 and Spring 2017
  • SPAN 130 Intensive Intermediate Spanish, Summer and Fall 2017