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Ariana Mikulski

Teaching Professor of Spanish

139 Burrowes
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 865-6534


Ariana Mikulski earned her Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition at the University of Iowa and joined the faculty at Penn State in 2012. She specializes in heritage language acquisition of Spanish, focusing on college-level learners and preschoolers. Her current research interests include writing in the heritage Spanish classroom (examining both learner behaviors and instructor practices) and the linguistic, academic, and social development of Spanish-English bilingual Head Start students. Her publications have appeared in The Modern Language JournalApplied Psycholinguistics, Heritage Language JournalForeign Language Annals, and Hispania. She regularly teaches online courses for heritage learners and also has taught special topics courses in applied linguistics and bilingualism and courses within the Intermediate Language Program.


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