Andie Faber

Andie Faber holds a Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics, specializing in Second Language Acquisition with a graduate certificate in Cognitive Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has worked at Princeton since 2016. Before coming to Princeton, Prof. Faber taught second language Spanish and English around the world including Tacoma, WA; Honolulu, HI; UMass Amherst; Universidad de Oviedo in Spain; and Westfield State University in Massachusetts.

In the summer of 2015, Prof. Faber spent a month in Brazil collecting data for part of her dissertation project, which examined how second language speakers of Spanish assign grammatical gender to new nouns. Prof. Faber uses a wide variety of methods (including corpora, self-paced reading paradigms, and interpretation tasks) to better understand how bilingual speakers’ two languages interact and the effect that one language may have on the interpretation and production of the other.

Prof. Faber’s interest in the cognitive aspect of language learning is related to her love of teaching. Her goal is to better understand the cognitive processes involved that affect language learning and maintenance in order to create pedagogically sound materials for the language classroom. To this end, she has founded and organizes the Second Language Acquisition at Princeton (SLAP) working research group. This interdisciplinary group meets several times throughout the semester to talk about research projects related to language learning.

At Princeton University, Prof. Faber serves as the course head for SPA 103; she has also taught SPA 102, SPA 105, and SPA 107. In 2017, she joined the team of the Aprendo project, contributing materials for the SPA 102 and SPA 103 course sites and is currently overseeing the Aprendo curricular evaluation committee. Prof. Faber has also been a Spanish Language Table host since the spring semester of 2017; this semester you can find her every Monday at 6pm in Mathey with Prof. Jovana Zujevic.

Starting in August 2019, Prof. Faber will be an Assistant Professor of Spanish at Kansas State University, teaching courses for their Spanish language program as well as for their Master’s Program in Second Language Acquisition.

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