Lourdes Ortega was Associate Professor of Second Language Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at
Mānoa, where she taught graduate courses and investigated how people learn languages later in
life after they have learned their first language(s). Her research interests include the longitudinal
study of second language and literacy development, the fostering of explicit and implicit grammar
learning through tasks, second language writing, the relationship between language minority education and foreign language education, and the use of research methods in applied linguistics.
She was born, raised, and university educated in Spain. She lived and taught languages in Greece for many years. Her adopted country is the United States, where she has lived for about 14 years now. Before becoming a professor, she taught Spanish and English as second and foreign languages and was trained as an EFL teacher at the British Council. Dr. Ortega has lectured in the United States, Canada, Mexico, China, Greece, and Spain. Her most recent publication is the book Synthesizing Research on Language Learning and Teaching (co-edited with John Norris in 2006, Benjamins). Dr. Ortega is committed to the mentoring of master’s and doctoral students who want to become teacher educators and language researchers. As a researcher-teacher, she hopes to help enhance the abilities of our educational systems and communities to nurture the linguistic, academic, and human capacities of the large numbers of adolescents and adults in the United States who need to participate in education and society through a language other than their own.