Dr. Elizabeth Enkin

Assistant Professor of Spanish Modern Languages & Literatures

Elizabeth Enkin, Assistant Professor (Ph.D. University of Arizona, Second Language Acquisition and Teaching) teaches courses on Hispanic linguistics and applied linguistics. Her research focuses on second language learning and teaching.  

We recently wrote a story about Dr. Enkin for our "Spotlight" series. Read it here.


Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

  • Enkin, E. (Accepted pending minor revisions). Intensive online foreign language learning at the advanced level: Insights from a summer online Spanish course. Apples – Journal of Applied Language Studies.
  • Enkin, E., Nicol, J., Brooks, Z., & Zavaleta, K. L. (2017). Reading in Spanish as a second language: An eye-tracking study. The Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 17(1), 1-15.
  • Enkin, E. & Mejías-Bikandi, E. (2016). Using online translators in the second language classroom: Ideas for advanced-level Spanish. Latin American Journal of Content and Language Integrated Learning, 9(1), 138-158.
  • Enkin, E. (2016). Second language learning with the story maze task: The training effect of weaving through stories. Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics/Revue canadienne de linguistique appliquée, 19(1), 1-21.
  • Enkin, E. & Mejías-Bikandi, E. (2015). The effectiveness of online teaching in an advanced Spanish language course. International Journal of Applied Linguistics. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/ijal.12112 
  • Enkin, E. (2015). Supporting the professional development of foreign language graduate students: A focus on course development and program direction. Foreign Language Annals, 48(2), 304-320.
  • Enkin, E. & Forster, K. (2014). The maze task: Examining the training effect of using a psycholinguistic experimental technique for second language learning. Journal of Linguistics and Language Teaching, 5(2), 161-180.
  • Enkin, E. (2012). The maze task: Training methods for second language learning. Arizona Working Papers in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching, 19(5), 56-81.


Grant Activity

  • Spanish Language Maze mobile app project, funded by the Research Council Grant-In-Aid, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2016.   


Selected Conference Presentations

  • The Spanish language maze: A mobile app for improving foreign language sentence processing. American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP), Chicago, Illinois, July 2017.    
  • Learner and teacher perceptions of outcomes in foreign language programs. American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), Boston, Massachusetts, November 2016.
  • The professional development needs of modern language graduate students: Bridging the gap between the methods course and the job market. Kentucky Foreign Language Conference (KFLC), University of Kentucky, Lexington, April 2016.
  • The effectiveness of Spanish language teaching online: A focus on an advanced-level linguistics course. American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP), Denver, Colorado, July 2015.    
  • The effectiveness of online teaching in an advanced Spanish language course: Comparing face-to-face and online learning. Kentucky Foreign Language Conference (KFLC), University of Kentucky, Lexington, April 2015.
  • The role of mission statements in language departments: Valuable or just “for show”? A mixed-methods analysis. American Association for Applied Linguistics and Association Canadienne de Linguistique Appliquée (AAAL/ACLA), Toronto, Canada, March 2015. Co-presented with Maite Correa. (Competitively selected).
  • Weaving through stories with the story maze: Measuring an L2 training effect for Spanish learners. Second Language Research Forum (SLRF), University of South Carolina, Columbia, October 2014. (Competitively selected).
  • Second language learning with the maze task: The training effect of a psycholinguistic experimental technique. Kentucky Foreign Language Conference (KFLC), University of Kentucky, Lexington, April 2014.
  • Word frequency effects in L2 sentence reading: An eye-tracking study. Second Language Research Forum (SLRF), Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, November 2013. Co-presented with Kaitlyn Zavaleta and co-authored with Janet Nicol. (Competitively selected).
  • Using social identity in second language literacy development: Insights from lexical decoding. Mid-America Conference on Hispanic Literature (MACHL). University of Nebraska-Lincoln, October 2012.


Courses Taught at UNL

  • Spanish 304 Advanced Writing (undergraduate)
  • Spanish 317 Introduction to Linguistics (undergraduate)
  • Modern Languages 880 Seminar in Applied Linguistics and Methodology (graduate)
  • Modern Languages 898 Special Topics: Curriculum Design and Language Program Direction (graduate) (course created as MODL/TEAC 883)


Teaching Related Activities

  • Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experiences (UCARE) Program
    • 2015-2016. Lead adviser. The perception and production of phonetic stress in Spanish: An investigation of native speakers and non-native learners
    • 2013-2014. The story maze: Investigating corrective feedback in a psycholinguistic computer assisted language learning task
  • Honors Thesis Director, 2015-present.
  • Masters Committee Chair, 2016-present.
  • Masters Comprehensive Exams, Reviewer, 2015-present.
  • Doctoral Committee Member, Department of Educational Administration, 2016-present.
  • Doctoral Committee Member, Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education, 2012-present.
  • Doctoral Committee Member, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, 2014-present.


    Service to the University and the Profession

      • At Large Representative: Departmental Salary Merit Advisory Committee. 2016-2018.
      • Search Committee Member: Assistant Professor in English Learner Education/ Linguistics. Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education. 2015-2016.
      • Search Committee Member: Assistant Professor in English Learning Education/Methods. Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education. 2015-2016.
      • Graduate Fellowship Committee. Office of Graduate Studies. 2013-2016.
      • Departmental Curriculum Committee Member. 2013-2015.
      • APPLAUSE Nomination Evaluation Committee Member. College of Arts & Sciences. 2013-2014.
      • Job Market Information Session for Departmental Graduate Students. 2012, 2014.
      • Manuscript Reviewer: Foreign Language Annals, Modern Language Journal, Bilingualism: Language and Cognition. 2013-2016.


      Awards

      • College Distinguished Teaching Award, College of Arts & Sciences, 2017.