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Michael Olsen

Michael Olsen

Visiting Assistant Professor

Phone: (406) 243-5247
Email: michael.olsen@mso.umt.edu
Office: LA 323
Office Hours:

MWF 11:00-12:00 pm and by appointment


Current Position

Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish

Courses

SPNS 400 Spanish: Applied Linguistics MWF 9:10-10:00

SPNS 305 Spanish Phonetics MWF 10:10-11:00

MCLG 410 Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages MWF 1:10-2:00

Education

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

Research Interests

Second language acquisition of Spanish morpho-syntax and phonology.

Spanish Applied Linguistics

Second language attrition and retention

Projects

I'm currently working on the L2 acquisition of Spanish pronominal object clitics (object pronouns); the state of L2 learners' and heritage speakers' interlanguages, the acquisition process of pronominal object clitics, and the effect of instruction on the interlanguage system.

I'm also working on a follow-up study on the L2 acquisition of Spanish rhotics with more advanced speakers.

Field of Study

Hispanic Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition, Applied Linguistics

Publications

Olsen, M. K. (in press). Current trends among Ecuadorian dialects: Insights from internet interviews. Dialectologia 14

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.

Specialized Skills

Spanish

GradStudents

Committee Member MA Thesis

Kate Hohenstein. Spring 2014. Hiatis Resolution in Tariana Pronominal Prefixation. Linguistics Program, University of Montana.

Teaching Experience

University of Montana

Spanish Applied Linguistics

Spanish Phonetics

Advanced Composition and Conversation

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

Professional Experience

Reviewed manuscripts for:

Hispania

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