Shelley Dykstra


Position Title
Graduate Student in Spanish

724 Sproul Hall

Agustina Carando-Major Professor
I am originally from the Bay Area, so I’m happy to be studying what I love, Spanish Linguistics, and serving students so close to home. My experience teaching Spanish and English as a Second Language spans ten years and a variety of ages and topics. My research interests are second language and heritage language reading and writing, pedagogy, and critical language awareness. In my free time, I dance Bachata, a Latin dance from the Dominican Republic, make homemade ice cream and other sweets, take bike touring trips, or I stay in with a good book and my cat.

Education and Degree(s)
  • B.A. in Linguistics Language Study, University of California, San Diego
  • M.A. in Spanish Linguistics, University of Barcelona
Honors and Awards
  • Teaching Assistant Consultant Fellowship, Center for Educational Effectiveness, UC Davis, 2020-2022
  • Graduate Writing Fellow, University Writing Program, UC Davis, 2019-2020
  • Provost’s Fellowship in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, UC Davis, 2018-2019
  • Spanish for Heritage Speakers (UC Davis)
  • Spanish III (UC Davis)
  • Spanish II (UC Davis)
  • Academic Reading and Writing (UC Berkeley College Writing Program)
  • Advanced Reading and Writing (Berkeley City College)
  • US University Admissions and Expectations (UC Berkeley College Writing Program)
  • Academic Vocabulary (UC Berkeley College Writing Program)
  • High Intermediate Listening and Speaking (Berkeley City College)
  • Grammar for Advanced ESOL Students (Diablo Valley College)
  • Integrated Reading and Writing: Advanced English Language Learners (Diablo Valley College
  • Advanced ESOL Reading and Study Skills (Diablo Valley College)
  • Advanced ESOL Writing (Diablo Valley College)
  • Conversation for Intermediate ESOL Students (Diablo Valley College)
  • Grammar for High Intermediate ESOL Students (Diablo Valley College)
  • Beginning Spanish I (Diablo Valley College)
  • Advanced Reading and Writing (Berkeley City College)
  • High Intermediate Listening and Speaking (Berkeley City College)
  • Beginning Spanish I (Holy Names University)
  • Beginning Spanish II (Holy Names University)
  • Intermediate Spanish I (Holy Names University)
  • Intermediate Spanish II (Holy Names University)
  • Advanced Spanish: Reading and Writing (Holy Names University)
Research Interests & Expertise
  • • Second and Heritage Language Reading and Writing • Affect and Language Learning • Critical Language Awareness • Pedagogy • Second language acquisition • Teacher Feedback • Sociolinguistics • Spanish in the US • Heritage language learners