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Marta Fairclough, Ph.D.


Professor of Spanish Linguistics
Director of the online Graduate Certificate Program

 Office: 440 AH


 View Dr. Fairclough's CV


  • Ph.D. Spanish Linguistics (Interdisciplinary program English and Spanish departments) – University of Houston (2001)
  • M.A. Spanish Linguistics – University of Houston (1996)
  • B.A. Spanish and French – University of Houston (1994)

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Heritage Language Education
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Sociolinguistics with an emphasis on U.S. Spanish.

Courses Taught


  • Intro to Spanish Linguistics (University of Houston)
  • Spanish Grammar Review (University of Houston)
  • Spanish Phonetics and Phonology (University of Houston, University of Salamanca - Spain)
  • Spanish Grammar for Teachers (University of Houston)
  • Written Comm. for Hispanic Heritage Learners (University of Houston)
  • Intermediate Spanish for Heritage Learners I and II (University of Houston)
  • Beginning Spanish I and II (UH, North Harris College)
  • Intermediate Spanish I and Il (North Harris College)
  • Spanish for Spanish Speakers (North Harris College)
  • Spanish for Business (North Harris College)


  • Historical Grammar (University of Houston)
  • Teaching Spanish to Spanish Speakers (University of Houston)
  • Spanish Grammar for Teachers (University of Houston – combined 4000/6000 levels)
  • Research in Heritage Language Education (University of Houston)
  • Research in Spanish SLA (University of Houston)
  • Teaching Spanish for Acquisition (University of Houston)
  • Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Linguistics
  • Introduction to Language Testing

Selected Publications