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Barbara Avila-Shah

Language Coordinator
910 Clemens Hall
Office Hours: To schedule an appointment contact
(716) 645-0867


•     Ph.D., Linguistics, Cornell University, 1996

•     M.A., Linguistics, Cornell University, 1993

Courses Regularly Taught

•     Spanish Sociolinguistics

•     Intermediate Spanish Grammar

•     SPA 599-Teaching Supervision (Methodology)

•     Introduction to Spanish Linguistics


Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Second language acquisition and teaching, Caribbean Spanish

Research Interests

•     Sociolinguistics in Caribbean Spanish

•     Second language acquisition and teaching

•     Spanish for heritage speakers

Recent Grants and Awards

•     2013-2014 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service

•     2014  Faculty Honorary Coach Award—UB Division of Athletics


•     Associate Director, CAS Foreign Language Instruction Coordinating Council (FLICC)