In celebration of all bilingual students, Lobos are invited to a free presentation that will feature researcher Julio Torres, Friday, March 11. The presentation will be held at noon in SUB Ballroom A; students, staff and faculty can also attend virtually.

Torres, is an associate professor of Applied Linguistics and Multilingualism in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at The University of California Irvine (UC Irvine), as well as the director of the Spanish Language Program. As an educator, Torres says he works with other K-16 educators to help develop effective teaching strategies for heritage language learners.  

His research focuses on usage-based approaches to instructed heritage/second language acquisition, multilingualism and talk-based language learning. During his presentation, Torres will discuss brain development of bilingual children.

The event is free and open to the community. Those interested are also invited to attend an workshop with Torres, Saturday, March 12 from 10 a.m. to noon. The event is free; those interested can register here.

The Lobo Language Acquisition Lab (LLA Lab) is housed in UNM’s Linguistics Department. There, researchers study child language development through the lens of usage-based and cognitive-functional linguistics.