(LC)² Director

DIRECTOR of the Language & Culture Learning Center

Robert Train (curriculum vitae) is Associate Professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Sonoma State University where he is also Director of the Language and Culture Learning Center. He received his Ph. D. in Romance Philology from the University of California at Berkeley in 2000. His dissertation is entitled “Getting Past the Ideology of ‘The Language’: The Standardization of French and Spanish, and its Implications for Foreign-Language Pedagogy”. In addition to exploring the possibilities for technology in the learning and teaching of language and culture, his research interests include ideologies of language and language teaching, critical language awareness, Romance sociolinguistics, language policy and planning, heritage languages, bilingualism and multilingualism, and bilingual literatures. He is actively questioning the historical and current role of the ideology of the standard in language and education.

He is also working on theoretical and practical issues surrounding the incorporation of sociocultural and sociolinguistic diversity into language education, a concern that grew out of his eight years as a teacher in a public high school in the San Francisco Bay Area where he taught Spanish and French to students from richly varied and largely bilingual backgrounds.

Please feel free to contact Robert in any of the following modalities: