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Manuel is originally from Pamplona, Spain, and is a graduate student in Hispanic Linguistics. He studied Spanish Language and Literature and earned an MA in Foreign Language Teaching at the University of Navarra, Spain. During his undergraduate degree, he spent a semester at Oxford Brookes University (UK) and, after completing his MA, taught Spanish as an exchange teaching fellow at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He has also taught Spanish writing courses and English as a lecturer at the University of Navarra, as well as ESL blended-learning courses to adults at the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia-Pamplona. His previous research explored academic writing skills and textual typology in the writing of Spanish as a L2. His current interests include the acquisition of vocabulary in L2 learners and the effects of L2 immersion on the lexicon in L1.