Sara Fernandez Cuenca

 Sara Fernandez Cuenca

Contact Information

4124 Foreign Language Building
707 S Matthew Ave. Urbana, IL 61801

Office Hours

  • T & R 10-11 or by appointment
Graduate Student
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I was born and raised in Spain. I moved to the US in 2011 to teach elementary and advanced Spanish at the University of Michigan and decided to pursue an MA in Hispanic Linguistics at the University of Illinois at Chicago a year later. I transferred to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to complete a PhD in Spanish Linguistics in the Fall of 2014. I'm currently working on my dissertation that focuses on assessing the effects of language instruction in foreign and heritage language learners using different outcome measures and eye-tracking.

Research Interests

  • Psycholinguistics, SLA, Heritage language and instruction


  • M.A. University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Westfälische Wilhelms Universität Münster, Germany (Study Abroad)
  • B.A. University of Seville, Spain

Distinctions / Awards

  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students: Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2016, Spring 2017


  • SP Conference Travel Grant (Fall 2014, 2015, 2016)


  • Span 204 Practical review of Spanish (Spring 2015)
  • Span 228 Spanish composition (Spring 2015, Summer 2015)
  • Span 252 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics (Fall 2017)
  • Span 308 Spanish in the US (Fall 2015)
  • Span 122 Intensive Elementary Spanish (Fall 2014)
  • Span 200 Readings in Hispanic Texts (Summer 2017)
  • Spanish for Heritage Speakers (UIC)
  • Span 141 Introduction to Spanish Grammar (Fall 2016)
  • IFLIP Intensive Elementary Spanish (Winter 2014)
  • Span 307 Bilingualism (Spring 2018)

Selected Publications


Spanisch-Deutscher Sprachvergleich. Berlin VERLAG 2014.