Clara Azevedo, PhD

Clara Azevedo
Phone: (619) 260-4105
Office: Founders Hall 142

Assistant Professor, Spanish

  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Second Language Acquisition
  • M.A., Michigan State University, Spanish Applied Linguistics
  • M.A., Michigan State University, Hispanic Literatures
  • M.A., Michigan State University, Advertising
  • B.A., Universidad Complutense-Madrid, Advertising

Clara Salto-Weis Azevedo, PhD, known as Bicho, joined the Department of Languages, Cultures, and Literatures at USD in Fall 2016. She teaches Spanish courses for heritage speakers (HSs) and for second language learners (L2L), as well as linguistic courses. She previously taught Spanish for HSs and for L2L at Michigan State University, University of Illinois at Chicago, and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Scholarly Work

Professor Azevedo specializes in Applied Linguistics, in particular, on the process of developing writing skills by heritage Spanish speakers. She is currently working on the analysis of learner written production from different perspectives, including the heritage learners’ perspectives on the experience of applying their Spanish speaking abilities to writing in the same language.

Areas of Interest

Professor Azevedo is interested in bilingualism and biculturalism, in writing and literacy development, in Spanish in the U.S., and Spanish Applied Linguistics.

She incorporates multimedia into her classes daily, and her students take part in the USD iPad project, using their USD iPads to take notes in class, to produce handwritten work, and to present in class. To help her students stay organized and to facilitate following her course, Professor Azevedo utilizes Blackboard for her courses to an extended degree. Her students enjoy using Spanish in her classes, which inspires a dynamic and participatory atmosphere that allows them to utilize the Spanish they know and expand upon it constantly.