¡Hola! My name is Mariela Lopez and I am from Hermosillo, Mexico. My interest in language learning and acquisition began while I was pursuing my degree in English Language Teaching at Universidad de Sonora. Before starting the SLAT program, I attended Saint Louis University where I earned a master’s in Spanish Literature and Linguistics. My language learning and personal experiences in the United States have increased my desire to learn more about the process of language acquisition.
I want to major in psycholinguistics and minor in L2 use. Some of my research interests include: encoding and decoding processes by speakers and hearers, L2 identity construction, and perceptions of L2 learners by native and non-native speakers.