Mandy R Menke

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Spanish & Portuguese Studies FolH
214K Folwell Hall

9 Pleasant Street SE

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Hispanic Linguistics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 2010.
  • M.A.: Hispanic Linguistics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 2006.
  • B.S.: Elementary Education, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA, 2001.
  • B.S.: Spanish Education, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA, 2001.


  • second language acquisition
  • Spanish phonology
  • bilingual and immersion education
  • multiliteracies instruction
  • Second language writing
Courses Taught
  • SPAN 1001: Beginning Spanish
  • SPAN 1002: Beginning Spanish
  • SPAN 1022: Alternate Second-Semester Spanish
  • SPAN 1003: Intermediate Spanish
  • SPAN 3015: Spanish Composition and Communication
  • SPAN 3107: Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Linguistics
  • SPAN 3704: Spanish Sociolinguistics
  • FRIT 5999/ GSD 5103 / SPPT 5999: Common Methods Seminar
  • SPAN 3730: The Impact of the Context of Learning on the Acquisition of Spanish as a Second Language
  • SPAN 5930: Advancedness and the Foreign Language Learner of Spanish
  • SPAN 5991: The Acquisition of Spanish as a First and Second Language
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Committee on Second Language Education: September 2014
  • Organizing Committee: Conference on the Second Language Acquisition of Spanish & Portuguese Phonology February 2008
  • Organizing Committee: CARLA and CAL Immersion Conference, Immersion Education: Pathways to Bilingualism and Beyond , October 2007 - October 2008
  • Analysing foreign language instructional materials through the lens of the Multiliteracies Framework: Menke, Mandy, Kate Paesani, Language, Culture, and Curriculum, 2018.
  • Evolving notions of literacy and its role in university foreign language instruction: A qualitative study of non-tenure-track faculty: Menke, Mandy, L2 Journal, 10 2, 2018. Link
  • Development of Spanish Rhotics in Spanish-English Bilingual Children in the United States: Menke, Mandy, Journal of Child Language, 45 788-806, 2018.
  • Voice onset time and the child foreign language learner of Spanish. In J. MacDonald : Menke, Mandy, John Benjamins, Contemporary trends in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics: Selected Papers from the Hispanic Linguistic Symposium 2015, 237-258, 2018.
  • The Acquisition of Spanish Vowels by Two-way Bilingual Immersion Learners. Menke, Mandy, Author, 2017.
  • How native do they sound?: An acoustic analysis of the Spanish vowels of elementary Spanish immersion students: Menke, Mandy, Hispania, 98 804-824, 2015.
  • Las estrategias comunicativas en tareas orales por pareja: evidencia del aula universitaria: Menke, Mandy, Michael Vrooman, Actas del XXV Congreso Internacional de la Asociación para la Enseñanza del Español como Lengua Extranjera (ASELE) , 643-653, 2015. Link
  • Preparing today's foreign language teachers: The role of digital literacies: Menke, Mandy, Pettes Guikema, Janel, CALICO, Digital literacies in foreign language education: Research, perspectives, and best practices, 265-285, 2014.
  • An initial examination of the Spanish vowels produced by Spanish-English bilingual children: Menke, Mandy, Southwest Journal of Linguistics, 28 98-135, 2010.
  • Second language Spanish vowels production: An acoustic analysis: Menke, Mandy, Face, Timothy, Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics, 3 181-214, 2010.
  • Language and learning disabilities in immersion education: Educators' top questions and research-based, practitioner-informed responses. Menke, Mandy, Fortune, Tara W., University of Minnesota, Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition, Co-Author, 2010.
  • Acquisition of the Spanish voiced spirants by L2 learners: Menke, Mandy, Face, Timothy L., Cascadilla Press, Selected Proceedings of the 11th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, accepted.
  • Perception of irony by L2 learners of Spanish: Menke, Mandy, Shively, Rachel and Manzon, Sandra, Issues in Applied Linguistics, accepted.
  • Single-Semester Research Leave, University of Minnesota, August 2018 - December 2018
  • U of Minnesota Grant-in-Aid, May 2017 - December 2018
  • Interdisciplinary Studies of Writing Grant, May 2017 - August 2017
  • Imagine Fund Special Event Award, May 2017 - February 2018
  • Pew Teaching Excellence Award, December 2013
  • Fellow, Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition, 2008-2009
  • Graduate School Research Grant
  • Graduate Research Partnership Program (GRPP) Award, May 2007 - August 2007