Assistant Professor Próspero N. García holds a PhD in Hispanic Linguistics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with a focus on Applied Linguistics and Language Program Direction and Administration. His research interests lie in the fields of Spanish Second Language Acquisition, Sociocultural Theory & Teaching, and Second Language Evaluation and assessment. His most recent work explores the role of verbalizing in the internalization of grammatical categories through the use of Concept-based Instruction in the Second Language Classroom. Additionally, Dr. Garcia has been nominated on two occasions to the Distinguished Teaching Award at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and his pedagogical materials have been published in several textbooks.