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
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
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
  • Pettes Guikema, Janel (2014). Preparing today's foreign language teachers: The role of digital literacies. Digital literacies in foreign language education: Research, perspectives, and best practices, 265-285.
  • Menke, Mandy R (2010). An initial examination of the Spanish vowels produced by Spanish-English bilingual children. Southwest Journal of Linguistics, 28, 98-135.
  • Menke, Mandy R, Face, Timothy (2010). Second language Spanish vowels production: An acoustic analysis. Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics, 3, 181-214.
  • Fortune, Tara W. (2010). Language and learning disabilities in immersion education: Educators' top questions and research-based, practitioner-informed responses. University of Minnesota, Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition.
  • 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.
  • Menke, Mandy R (2015). How Native Do They Sound? An Acoustic Analysis of the Spanish Vowels of Elementary Spanish Immersion Students. Hispania,
  • 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