Dr. Antonio F. Jiménez Jiménez holds a Ph.D. in Spanish Applied Linguistics from the Pennsylvania State University, and a B.A. in Translation and Interpretation from the University of Málaga (Spain). He is an Associate Professor of Spanish and Linguistics at California State University Channel Islands, where he also directs the Center for International Affairs. His research involves the acquisition and attrition of second languages during and after study abroad programs. Dr. Jiménez Jiménez has directed several study abroad programs in Spain and México. His publications link second language acquisition in study abroad contexts with Vygotsky´s sociocultural theory. Most recently, he has been researching the private speech of bilingual speakers and the linguistic and cultural impact of study abroad on Spanish heritage speakers.
Second Language Acquisition, Bilingualism, Language Attrition, Sociocultural Theory, Private Speech, Study Abroad