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Flavia Belpoliti, PhD


Flavia L. Belpoliti, PhD

Instructional Assistant Professor

Director of the Spanish Language Program

Office: 438 AH

Phone: (713) 743-9914


Flavia Belpoliti is an Instructional Assistant Professor at the Hispanic Studies Department and the Director of the Spanish Language Program (L2 track). She completed her undergraduate and graduate studies in Argentina (Universidad del Salvador and Universidad de Buenos Aires), and her PhD at University of Houston.  Her main research areas are Spanish as Second Language and Heritage Language, Spanish in the US, Discourse Analysis and Discourse Linguistics. She is the recipient of the Hispanic Studies Department Teaching Excellence Award 2008 (Teaching Fellow category) and the University of Houston Teaching Excellence Award  2012 (Group category).

Flavia shares her life in Houston with her husband Fernando, and her very spoiled Siamese cats. In her free time, she enjoys baking, gardening and chasing dragons in Skyrim.

Flavia cats



  • PhD in Spanish Linguistics. Department of Hispanic Studies, University of Houston.
  • Postgraduates Studies. Master in Discourse Analysis. College of Philosophy and Letters. Universidad de Buenos Aires.
  • Bachelor Degree in Letters (Summa cum Laude). College of Letter. Universidad del Salvador . Buenos Aires.

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Spanish Linguistics.
  • Spanish Second Language Acquisition
  • Spanish Heritage Language Acquisition.
  • Discourse Analysis and Discourse Linguistics


        2013 Courses & Syllabi


  • Spanish Grammar Review (University of Houston)
  • Spanish Grammar for Teachers (University of Houston)
  • Written Comm. for Hispanic Heritage Learners (University of Houston)
  • Advance Oral Comm. for Hispanic Heritage Learners (University of Houston)
  • Written Comm. for Second Language Learners (University of Houston)
  • Oral Comm. for Second Language Learners (University of Houston)
  • Intensive Elementary Spanish for Heritage Learners (University of Houston)
  • Intermediate Spanish for Heritage Learners I and II (University of Houston)
  • Beginning Spanish I and II (University of Houston; LoneStar College- Tomball & Cy-Fair)
  • Intermediate Spanish I and Il (University of Houston; Lone Star College- Cy-Fair)
  • Spanish Language for English Translators I and II (University of El Salvador)
  • Intensive Spanish Grammar (University of El Salvador)
  • Semiology (CBC Program, University of Buenos Aires)


  • Second Language Teaching Methods (University of Houston)
  • Spanish Grammar for Teachers (University of Houston – combined 4000/6000 levels)
  • Introduction to Language Philosophy. (Graduate Seminar -University of El Salvador)

Selected Publications

  • “Spanish Boot Camp: Differentiated Instruction through Online Learning Modules”. SOCALLT Proceedings 2011. (forthcoming)
  • “Instructor Manual-Lesson Plans  and Teaching Suggestions”. Cuadros (Four-semester Spanish Textbook). 2012, Cengage
  • Developing an Electronic Placement Exam for Heritage Learners of Spanish: Challenges and Payoffs". With Marta Fairclough and Encarna Bermejo. Hispania, Vol 93, 2, 273-271, June 2010 
  • Orbis/Urbis Latino. Los hispanos en las ciudades de los Estados Unidos. Co-Editor with Marc Zimmerman and Cardenio Bedoya. 2008, Houston:Bravo y Allende/Global CASA
  • Lecturas sobre la adbucción de Charles Sanders Peirce.  Rubione, Alfredo [Coord]. 2002, Buenos Aires:Ethos
  • “Reglas inferenciales del modelo abductivo en la reformulación metacognitiva para la interpretación de textos literarios”. With Marcela Lonchuck and Alfredo Rubione in Acts of International Congress in honor to Oswald Ducrot. Buenos Aires, 2002
  • “La perspectiva metacognitiva en el desarrollo de competencias de comprensión lectora a partir de géneros literarios”. In Acts of Internacional Symposium of the Reading Association for Latin America, IRA, 2001.
  • “M. Bakhtine: a critic bibliographic review” Gramma Magazine, N. 34, 21-24. USAL Press, Buenos Aires, 2001

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