Lecturer in Spanish
Degrees: B.A. in English, concentration in Linguistics, Universidad de Cádiz (UCA), Spain; M.A. in Spanish, Linguistics concentration, Cleveland State University
Expertise: All levels of Spanish Language, all levels of English as a foreign language, Linguistics.
Alicia Fernández Ríos was born in Cádiz, Spain where she earned her Licenciatura en Flilología Inglesa (Bachelor’s of Arts in English Language and Literature). She taught English in different schools in Cádiz for 5 years until she left Spain in August 2009 to go to Williamsburg, Virginia, where she accepted a job as a Spanish House Tutor at the College of William & Mary. In the spring semester of 2010, she also taught intermediate Spanish before she left Virginia to come to Cleveland, Ohio.
Alicia was awarded her MA in Spanish from Cleveland State University in 2012 where she had the opportunity to teach Spanish as a Teaching Assistant for two years until she graduated. She started teaching Spanish at Lake Erie College in the fall of 2012 and in the spring semester of 2013 she also started teaching at John Carroll University.
Alicia was raised in a bilingual and bicultural family: her father, American, was born and raised in Ohio, and her mother is Spanish, born and raised in Cádiz. Alicia is proud of her two cultures and languages and is passionate about teaching and studying them both. As a result of her own personal situation, Alicia is very interested in topics such as bilingualism, biculturalism, language acquisition, and code-switching.