Claire Mitchell

Assistant Professor
Global Cultures And Languages
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Specialty area(s)

Spanish, Applied Linguistics, Foreign Language Pedagogy, Teaching and Learning of Culture, Social Media use in FL learning

Brief biography

Dr. Mitchell completed her graduate degree at the University of Alabama in Spanish and Applied Linguistics. Her research interests center on foreign language pedagogy, specifically the teaching and learning of culture in the foreign language classroom, the use of social media, and developing learners' interests in learning about culture.

Current courses at UWL

SPA 330 Advanced Grammar & Syntax (Fall & Spring)

MLG 306 Introduction to Second Language Acquisition (Spring)

MLG 474/574 Teaching World Languages: From Early Adolescence to Adolescence (Fall)

Research and publishing


Mitchell, C. (in progress). The transformative power of the L2 self: Engaging with cultural difference.

Mitchell, C. (under review). Pinterest: A vehicle to promote cross-cultural awareness in an introductory Spanish course.

Mitchell, C. (2017, June). An exploration of virtual reality to develop global competence inside the foreign language classroom. The Teaching and Learning of Cultures SIG Newsletter, 4(3), 4-6.

Mitchell, C. (2016). Web 2.0 Use to Foster Learners’ Intercultural Sensitivity: An Exploratory Study. In P. Rucks and A.E. Fantini (Eds.) Dimension Special Issue: Focus on Intercultural Competence. Atlanta: SCOLT Publications.

Mitchell, C. (2015). Activating the imagination inside the world language classroom. Learning Languages, 21(1), 24-25.

Mitchell, C. (2015). “Pinterested” in culture: Using the digital world to explore diverse cultural perspectives. The Language Educator, 10(3), 42-43.

Drewelow, I. & Mitchell, C. (2015). An exploration of learners' conceptions of language, culture, and learning in advanced-level Spanish courses. Language, Culture, and Curriculum, 1-14. doi: 10.1080/07908318.2015.1078347

Mitchell, C. (2015, May). Using Pinterest to develop learners’ cross-cultural awareness. The Teaching and Learning of Cultures SIG Newsletter, 2(3), 3-4.

Recent Conferences

Mitchell, C., Hay, S. & Morris, K. (2017). Maximizing effective language teaching through Professional Learning Communities and action research. Paper accepted to be presented at the annual Wisconsin Association of Language Teachers (WAFLT) conference, Appleton, WI.

Mitchell, C. (2017). Surviving the Shark Tank: A content-based approach to teaching Spanish for business purposes. Paper presented at the annual The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) conference, Chicago, IL.

Mitchell, C., Finney, S. & Tanous, C. (2017). Adapting to a globalized educational landscape: Preparing educators, preparing learners. Paper presented at the 10th International Conference on Language Teacher Education, Los Angeles, CA.

Mitchell, C. (2016). Culture + Pinterest = Learner interest. Paper presented at the annual Southern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT), Charlotte, NC.

Mitchell, C. (2016). Encouraging global citizenship: Culturally focused pedagogies that engage and interest 21st century learners. Paper presented at the annual American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL), Orlando, FL.

Mitchell, C. (2015). Is it relevant? Pedagogies that best engage digital natives. Paper presented at the annual Alabama World Languages Association (AWLA), Troy, Alabama.

Mitchell, C. (2015). “That’s Pinteresting!”: Visualizing the L2 self in the digital realm. Paper presented at the annual Second Language Research Forum (SLRF), Atlanta, GA.

Mitchell, C. (2015). Using social media to develop learners’ cross-cultural awareness in the foreign language classroom. Paper presented at the annual Alabama Modern Languages Conference (AMLC), Tuscaloosa, AL. 

Mitchell, C. (2015). Pinterest: Activity theory and social interaction enabling the teaching and learning of culture. Paper presented at the annual American Association for Applied Linguistics conference (AAAL), Toronto, Canada.


Ph.D. Spanish and Applied Linguistics, University of Alabama

M.A. Romance Languages, University of Memphis

M.A.Ed. Secondary Education, Union University

B.A. Spanish, Union University

B.A. Public Relations, Union University