LILIA DELFINA RUIZ-DEBBE
Director of Spanish Language Program
Frank Melville, Jr. Memorial Library N3029
Lilia Ruiz Debbe has been Director of the Spanish Language Program at the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature since 1997. With a strong foundation in the cognitive epistemology of Piaget at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, Lilia Ruiz-Debbe did her first research on the processes of cognitive and linguistic processes of Spanish language structures. At present, her research involves Interlanguage Studies and Second Language Acquisition and their implications for methodology in classroom situations. This research addresses how theoretical frameworks affect the application of research findings to the teaching of Spanish Second Language, particularly in aspectual tenses and their L2 acquisition.
Recently taught courses
A) LINGUISTICS COURSES
SPN 463 Contrastive Spanish-English Grammar
SPN 465 Topics Courses:
- Understanding Spanish Linguistics
- Spanish Syntax
- The Structure of Spanish Language
- Form, Meaning and Function: Verbal Tenses and Modal System.
SPN 447 Directed Independent Study
SPN 475 Undergraduate Practicum in the Teaching of Spanish Grammar.
SPN 691 Practicum in the Teaching of Spanish Language
SPN 693 Practicum in the Teaching of Spanish Language II
SPN 588 Directed Master’s Research
SPN 504 Spanish English Contrast with emphasis in Second Language Research.
SPN 503 Spanish Linguistics: From word to sentences.
B) LANGUAGE COURSES AT STONY BROOK
SPN 111 Elementary Spanish
SPN 112 Elementary Spanish
SPN 211 Intermediate Spanish
SPN 310 Grammar and Composition for Natives Speakers
SPN 311 Spanish Conversation and Composition
SPN 321 Grammar and Composition and Advanced Grammar