Alan V. Brown

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  • Associate Professor of Spanish Applied Linguistics
  • Hispanic Studies
  • Masters in Teaching World Languages
  • Modern & Classical Languages Literatures & Cultures
  • Teaching English as a Second Language
  • Linguistics
1127 Patterson Office Tower
Research Interests:

Ph.D., Second Language Acquistion and Teaching, University of Arizona, 2006; M.A., Spanish Teaching, Brigham Young University, 2001; TESOL Graduate Certificate, 1999; B.A., Spanish Teaching--Secondary Certification, Brigham Young University, 1998


On a personal level, I am the happy father of 4 children [Grace (15), Ashton (13), Abigail (10), and Amanda (8)] and an even happier husband to my wife, Andrea! I enjoy riding my bike to school when the weather permits and pull out the volleyball, basketball, and tennis racket when time permits. 


My research interests relate to the Spanish language classroom and curriculum, particularly issues concerning pedagogy and assessment. I have had articles appear in the Modern Language Journal, Hispania, Foreign Language Annals, and the Journal of Hispanic Higher Education. Georgetown University Press recently published a book I co-authored with my colleague, Dr. Greg L. Thompson at BYU, related to the changing nature of post-secondary Spanish language education in the United States. I have a co-authored article in press with Luke Plonsky and Yasser Teimouri that examines the use of grades in published L2 research. Most recently, I signed a contract with Routledge--along with Earl Brown (my brother) and Yanira Paz--to publish a book entitled "A Corpus-based Approach to Spanish Lexico-grammar". 

Areas of Specialty

  • L2 Spanish language pedagogy
  • L2 Spanish language assessment
  • (Spanish) Second Language Acquisition
  • (Spanish) Applied Linguistics
Selected Publications: 

Brown, A., Brown, E., & Paz, Y. A Corpus-based Approach to Spanish Lexico-grammar. (under contract with Routledge; estimated delivery of final manuscript summer 2020).

Ceo-DiFrancesco, D., Thompson,G., Barton, K., & Brown, A. Experiencias (Intermediate). (under contract with Wiley & Sons; estimated publication in fall 2019— my role on the team is to develop grammar explanations and activities for the primary print textbook and online activities)

Brown, A., Plonsky, L., & Teimouri, Y. (in press). The use of course grades as metrics in L2 Research: A systematic review. Foreign Language Annals.

Brown, A., & Thompson, G. (2018). The Changing Landscape of Spanish Language Curricula: Designing Higher Education Programs for Diverse Students. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press.

Brown, A., Cox, T., and Thompson, G. (2017). A comparative discourse analysis of Spanish past narrations from the ACTFL OPI and OPIc. Foreign Language Annals, 50(4), 793-807.

Brown, A., & Thompson, G. (2016) The evolution of foreign language AP exam candidates: A 36-year descriptive study. Foreign Language Annals, 49(2), 235-251.

Cook, K., Brown, A., & Ballard, G. (2016). Using photovoice to explore environmental sustainability across languages and cultures. Discourse and Communication for Sustainable Education, 7, 49-67.

Brown, A. (2014). Foreign Language Course Grades as Prerequisites and Programmatic Gatekeepers. In J. Norris and N. Mills (eds.), AAUSC 2014 Volume: Innovation and Accountability in Language Program Evaluation (pp. 183-207). Boston, MA: Cengage.

Brown, A., & Purmensky, K. (2014). Spanish L2 Students’ Perceptions of Service-Learning while Studying Abroad: A Case Study from Ecuador. International Journal of Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement 2(1), 78-94.

Brown, A. (2013). Understanding the relationship between language performance and university course grades. Foreign Language Annals, 46(1), 80-87.