Elena Schoonmaker-Gates

Assistant Professor of Spanish
Carlton Building 212
2125 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
egates2@elon.edu (336) 278-5648

Brief Biography

Professor Gates joined the Department of World Languages and Cultures at Elon in 2012 after completing her Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics at Indiana University. Within linguistics, her areas of interest include Second Language Acquisition, Second Language Phonology, Sociolinguistics, Sociophonetics, and Dialectology. She teaches a range of Spanish classes at Elon including linguistics classes taught in Spanish such as Introduction to Spanish Linguistics, Structure of the Spanish Language, and Spanish Phonetics and Phonology. Dr. Gates in the process of developing a pronunciation instruction component for the Spanish undergraduate curriculum at Elon and looks forward to teaching special topics courses in Spanish Dialectology and Second Language Acquisition in the near future. She has presented her recent research findings on second language learners’ perception of foreign and regional accent in Spanish at international linguistics conferences and encourages students to undertake original research projects in her linguistics classes.


Ph.D. Indiana University, 2012
Hispanic Linguistics
Major: Second Language Acquisition
Minor: Phonology and Phonetics

M.A.    Middlebury College in Madrid, Spain, 2004
Spanish Language and Culture

B.A.     Bishop’s University, Canada, 2003
Major: Spanish and French, cum laude
Minor: Psychology


Schoonmaker-Gates, E. (2013). The Interplay Between Native Spanish Dialect Exposure and Foreign Accent Perception. Selected Proceedings from the 6th Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla.

Schoonmaker-Gates, E. (2012). Foreign accent perception in L2 Spanish: the role of proficiency and L2 experience. In. J. Levis & K. LeVelle (Eds.). Proceedings of the 3rd Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Conference, Sept. 2011. (pp. 84-92). Ames, IA: Iowa State University.

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