Cristina Pardo Ballester

Associate Professor of Spanish


Dept:World Languages And Cultures
Office:3102j Pearson


Cristina Pardo Ballester is an Associate Professor of Spanish Linguistics in the Department of World Languages and Cultures at Iowa State University. She co-directs the ISU on Mediterranean – Summer in Valencia, Spain program.

Her research interests center on Computer Assisted Language Learning, Second Language Acquisition, instructional material design, second language assessment, and translation studies. She is particularly interested in Design-Based Research (DBR) and Task-Based Language Teaching (TBLT) for the teaching and learning of the Spanish language and culture. She has co-authored a Spanish language textbook Pura Vida, published in 2014 by Wiley & Sons. The textbook program utilizes research findings in SLA related to TBLT as the basis for constructing the activities featured in the book. She has also published a number of sole-author and co-authored articles in leading scholarly journals in the field (Language Learning & Technology, CALICO, Language Assessment Quarterly, New Approaches in Education Research, Applied Language Learning, and Hispania). Cristina is currently working on the development of a web-based placement test for beginning, intermediate, and advanced Spanish.

She teaches a variety of courses including elementary, intermediate, and upper-level courses such as Spanish civilization, Introduction to Spanish-English Interpretation, Contemporary Spanish Linguistics, and Contrastive Analysis of Spanish/ English for Translators. In addition, she teaches courses in the Languages and Cultures for Professions (LCP) curriculum: Spanish for Global Professionals, Spanish Conversation and Composition for Professionals, and Introduction to Spanish-English Translation. If you want to know more about her work, click here.