José Luis Garrido Rivera

Credentials: Advisor: Cathy Stafford


I’ve always been in love with languages and different cultures. For this reason, I studied a four-year degree in Translation and Interpreting (French and English) at University of Pablo de Olavide (Seville, Spain) and spent one year studying at University of Rennes 2 (Rennes, France). After completing my degree, I worked as a Spanish teaching assistant at Haute Ecole Francisco Ferrer (Brussels, Belgium). Later, I completed a master’s degree at the University of Huelva (Huelva, Spain) to become a foreign language teacher. Afterward, I came to the US and pursued a Master in Spanish Literature and Foreign Language Pedagogy at the University of Delaware (Newark, DE). During my time at UD, I had the opportunity to teach different Spanish levels (from beginners to advanced), to participate in the Panama Winter Study Abroad program two years in a row as an assistant, and to complete a Master Thesis on the developmental stages of the verb gustar. After that experience, I became very interested in the cognitive processes that take place when learning a second language. Therefore, I applied for this Ph.D. at UW-Madison, where I expect to deepen my knowledge on my area of interest and other SLA issues.