Diego Alins Breda


Position Title
Ph.D Candidate in Spanish
Associate Instructor, Spanish

Sproul 611
Education and Degree(s)
  • M.A. in Spanish Linguistics, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
  • B.A. in elementary education, Universidad CES Don Bosco (Madrid)
Honors and Awards
  • 2022 Graduate Program Fellowship Stipend University of California, Davis
  • 2022 Graduate Student Travel Awards University of California, Davis
  • 2021 Dissertation Writing Fellowship University of California, Davis
  • 2017-2018 Provost’s Fellowships in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences University of California, Davis
  • 2013 ERASMUS (European Scholarship to study abroad) Free University of Bozen, Bolzano (Italy)
  • 2018- Graduate Teaching Assistant; Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of California, Davis
  • Second Year Intermediate Spanish Instruction. Course taught include: ● SPA 21 ● SPA 22
  • First Year Elementary Spanish Instruction: ● SPA 1 ● SPA 1 Intensive course ● SPA 2 ● SPA 2 Online ● SPA 3 ● SPA 3 Intensive course
Research Interests & Expertise
  • Second Language Acquisition, Pedagogy, Graded Readers, Creation of learning materials, vocabulary learning through reading
  • Faculty Adviser: Claudia Sanchez-Gutierrez
  • Dykstra., Sánchez-Gutiérrez., Alins Breda., & Marcos Miguel (2022). Reading and Affect: University Spanish Learners’ Perceptions of a Reading Program. Foreign Language Annals.
  • Alins Breda (2021). Technique Feature Analysis and Graded Reader vocabulary activities. Revista Nebrija de Lingüística Aplicada a la Enseñanza de Lenguas (RNAEL).
  • Sánchez Gutiérrez., Robles García., & Alins Breda (2021). Thematic units and word knowledge aspects in L2 Spanish textbooks. Revista Nebrija de Lingüística Aplicada a la Enseñanza de Lenguas (RNAEL).
  • Under review: Marcos Miguel., Alins Breda., Dykstra., & Sánchez-Gutiérrez (2022). Graded Readers in K-12 and psot-secondary education: The path towards teacher-informed research