University of Calgary

Alba Fano-Trabanco

  • Graduate Assistant-Teaching
  • Doctoral Student
  • Doctoral Student

About me:

I grew up in Asturias, in the northwest of Spain, a Celtic region surrounded by the Cantabrian Sea and the Peaks of Europe. My passion for travelling led me to pursue a B.A. in English Philology at the University of Oviedo (Spain). As part of my undergraduate studies, I had the opportunity to study abroad at the University of Kent, in the historical town of Canterbury (UK), and at SUNY New Paltz, in the Hudson Valley (US). In 2013 I moved to Philadelphia, where I started my graduate studies and teaching career. After getting my M.A. in Hispanic Studies at Villanova University, I embarked on the journey of foreign language teaching and researching more deeply at the University of Delaware. Upon completion of this second M.A., I taught Spanish and ESL at a small private school in Florida.

Currently I am a PhD student in Applied Linguistics. My research interests are L2 pedagogy, study abroad, and the role of emotions and identity in the language classroom. I have chosen the University of Calgary for the interdisciplinary aspect of the program, the good reputation of the department, and its location near the Rockies. I speak Asturian, Spanish, English and some French. One of my favorite books in On the Road by Jack Kerouac. I also enjoy doing yoga, going camping, being outdoors and painting.

Current Studies

  • Doctoral Student
    Degree: PhD Student
    Supervisor: Mary Grantham O'Brien
  • Doctoral Student
    Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
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