Santa Clara University

Modern Languages and Literatures department

Jill Pellettieri, Ph.D.

Department: Modern Languages
Title: Associate Spanish Professor, Department of Modern Languages & Literatures        

Office: Kenna 225 D
Phone: 408-554-4838

Biographical Information

Jill Pellettieri is a California native who received her M.A. in Spanish and her Ph.D. in Spanish applied linguistics from the University of California, Davis. She was the first recipient of the Designated Emphasis in Second Language Acquisition from the U.C. Davis Second Language Acquisition Institute, and her area of specialization was language learning and computer-mediated interaction. She has lived and worked teaching Spanish and applied linguistics all over California, as a Teaching-Assistant and then Associate Instructor at UC Davis, an adjunct professor at Sacramento City College, and an Associate Professor at Cal State San Marcos in San Diego county, where she also served as the Graduate Language Teaching-Assistant trainer/supervisor and as Chair of the Dept. of World Languages. She has been an Associate Professor of Spanish at SCU since 2005. She has authored and coauthored several textbooks for the teaching of Spanish, and she serves/has served on various professional boards and committees, including the California State University Foreign Language Council, the editorial board of the journal Language Learning & Technology, the National Screening Committee for the U.S. Student Fulbright Program in Latin America, and the Ph.D. Thesis Examination Committee for the Post-Graduate Research School of the University of Western Australia. She has traveled widely throughout the world, spending a good deal of time in Latin America and Spain. In 2002 she completed her first Camino de Santiago pilgrimage, a 500-mile spiritual journey across northern Spain on a mountain-bike. Professor Pellettieri is passionate about teaching and motivating students to learn, and she's always looking for opportunities to connect her students with Spanish language and cultures locally and abroad. When not working, she enjoys all things Spanish/Latino, including literature, film, food and wine, as well as staying active through dancing, cycling, running, and sea kayaking.


Courses Taught

Prof. Pellettieri has taught all levels of Spanish, from beginning language skills development courses to advanced composition and conversation courses, to graduate courses in second language acquisition, second language pedagogy, and the history of the Spanish language. At SCU she has taught Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Spanish, Spanish Community-based Learning Practicum, History of the Spanish Language, and Spanish Applied Linguistics.


Research Interests
  • Spanish Materials Development
  • Computer-mediated Comm & Second Language Learning
  • Motivation & Second Language Acquisition  
  • Community-based Learning
  • Task-based interaction


Selected Publications
  • Pellettieri, J. (2009) “Negotiation in cyberspace. The role of chatting in the development of grammatical competence in the virtual foreign language classroom”. Hubbard, P. (Ed.) Computer Assisted Language Learning: Critical Concepts in Linguistics. V. III, p. 212-238. Routledge: NY.

  • Pellettieri, J. & Varona, L. (2008) “Refocusing Second Language Education”. Academic Exchange Quarterly, 12 (3).

  • Pellettieri, J. (2008). “Strategic listening: Preparing students for authentic listening as input for presentational writing” in Spanish AP Special Focus Materials. New York: College Board.

  • Pellettieri, Jill, Rolle-Rissetto, S. and Añover, V. (2008) Plazas: Lugar de encuentro Workbook/Lab Manual, 3e. Boston: Heinle Thomson.

  • Colombi, C. Pellettieri, J. and Rodríguez, M. (2007) Palabra abierta 2nd edition, Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

  • Pellettieri, Jill, López-Burton, N., Hershberger, R., Gómez, R., and Navey-Davis, S. Rumbos: Intermediate Spanish (2006) Boston: Heinle Thomson.

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