Emily Spinelli received her Ph.D. in Spanish from Ohio State University, where she studied Spanish language and Hispanic literature and culture, as well as foreign language education and second language acquisition theory. Currently, she is executive director of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) and professor emerita of Spanish at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, where she taught courses in all levels of Spanish language, literature, language of business, and culture and civilization. Professor Spinelli also coordinated the foreign language teaching-certification program and taught courses in foreign language methodology. In addition to several textbooks, Professor Spinelli has also published many articles and reviews in scholarly journals. She is a frequent speaker and presenter at state, national, and international conferences, and she has consulted with school districts and universities throughout the country on issues related to foreign language education and methodology. Through the years, Professor Spinelli has been very active in professional organizations. She has served on the Executive Council of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and is a past president of that organization. She also has served as editor of Foreign Language Annals, the official journal of ACTFL, and as the president of the AATSP.
Carmen Garcï¿½a, a native of Lima, Peru, received her Ph.D. in Linguistics from Georgetown University. She is currently an Associate Professor of Spanish, Applied Linguistics, and Pragmatics, Director of the Undergraduate Spanish Language Program, and Coordinator of the Masters in Linguistics Program at Arizona State University. Dr. Garcï¿½a is author or co-author of several college-level textbooks. She also has published numerous articles in national and international journals on foreign language teaching, as well as on Spanish pragmatics and cross-cultural communication. In addition, she recently published RESEARCH ON POLITENESS IN THE SPANISH-SPEAKING WORLD. She is a frequent speaker and presenter at local, regional, national, and international meetings and conferences, and a member of many national language organizations.
Carol E. Galvin Flood has an M.A. in Foreign Language Education from the University of Michigan, as well as an M.A in Spanish Language and Literature from Wayne State University (Detroit). She teaches Spanish in the Bloomfield Hills (MI) school district, where she has helped develop and implement a two-year program to prepare high school students for the Advanced Placement Spanish Language Exam. She has taught Spanish at many levels, ranging from early elementary bilingual-bicultural classes to university advanced composition and conversation. Among other honors, she was named Michigan Foreign Language Teacher of the Year. She also has been active in professional organizations, such as AATSP and ACTFL, throughout her teaching career.