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Faculty Image Michael Olsen
Office: LA 323
Phone: (406) 243-5247


Current Position:

Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish

Office Hours:

MWF 2:00-3:00 pm and by appointment

Field Of Study:

Hispanic Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition, Applied Linguistics

Research Interests:

Second language acquisition of Spanish morpho-syntax and phonology.

Spanish Applied Linguistics

Second language attrition and retention


SPNS 408 Advanced Composition and Conversation MWF 11:10-12:00

SPNS 321 Advanced Conversations MWF 1:10-2:00


Ph.D., Hispanic Linguistics, University of Pittsburgh

M.A., Hispanic Linguistics, University of Pittsburgh

MSLT (Master of Second Language Teaching), Utah State University

B.A., Spanish, Utah State University

Teaching Experience:

University of Montana

Spanish Applied Linguistics

Spanish Phonetics

Advanced Composition and Conversation

Advanced Conversations

Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics

University of Pittsburgh

          Beginning Spanish I

          Beginning Spanish II

          Intermediate Spanish I

          Intermediate Spanish II

          Spanish Grammar and Composition

          Applied Spanish Linguistics

          Spanish Phonetics and Phonemics

          Special Topics in Applied Linguistics (in Spanish)

Bridgerland Applied Technology College

          Beginning Spanish

Utah State University

          Spanish 1010

          Spanish 1020

Specialized Skills:


Professional Experience:

Reviewed manuscripts for:


Second Language Research Forum 2012 Proceedings

International Experience:

December 2002: Volunteer for Charity Anywhere in Tijuana, Mexico

January 2000 - December 2001: Service Volunteer in Ecuador

Visited: The Bahamas, Mexico, Japan, and a number of Western European countries

Selected Publications:

Olsen, M. K. (2015). Current trends among Ecuadorian dialects: Insights from internet interviews. Dialectologia 14(1), 75-96.

Olsen, M. K. (2012). The L2 acquisition of Spanish rhotics by L1 English Speakers: The effect of L1 articulatory routines and phonetic context for  allophonic variation. Hispania 95(1), 65-82.