Lauren Hetrovicz

Lauren Hetrivicz
Teaching Assistant Professor of Spanish
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Dr. Lauren Hetrovicz obtained her Ph.D. in Spanish Linguistics with a graduate specialization in SLATE (Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2021. Her principal areas of research are second language acquisition, heritage language learners, and technological tools for language learning. Her work has been peer reviewed by journals such as Hispania, Foreign Language Annals, Language Learning and Technology, and Spanish as a Heritage Language. Before arriving to The George Washington University, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish Linguistics at the University of Central Florida (2021-2022), a lecturer of Spanish at Northwestern University (2019-2021), and a lecturer of Spanish and linguistics at the College of Charleston (2015-2019). She is also a certified rater for the Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) and a certified tester of the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) from the American Council of Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). At the national level, she is a contributor to the World Readiness Standards for Learning Spanish and is a member of the Higher Education Committee in the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP).

Link to Curriculum Vitae (CV)


Ph.D. Spanish Linguistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

M.A. Spanish Linguistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

M.A. Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

B.A. Spanish and Linguistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Under review. Hetrovicz, L. Longitudinal Videoconferencing and Confidence Development: The Impact of Perceived Interlocutor Cultural Depth, Richness, and Self-Involvement. Language Teaching Research

In press. Hetrovicz, L. Heritage Language Learner Confidence Development: Interlocutor Effect in Videoconferencing. Spanish as a Heritage Language.

In press. Henshaw, F., & Hetrovicz, L. From the Classroom to the World: Integrating Virtual Exchanges in the Language Curriculum. In Potowski, K., & Henshaw, F. (Eds.), Honing our craft: World language teaching in the U.S. Klett World Languages.

In press. Hetrovicz, L. Peer and NS-Learner Videoconferencing: Language-Related Episodes and Perceived Usefulness. Language Learning & Technology

2021. Hetrovicz, L. The Effect of NNS-NNS and NNS-NS Videoconferencing on the Development of Second Language Confidence. Foreign Language Annals, 52(4), pp. 1257-1277. 

2021. Henshaw, F., & Hetrovicz, L. The Role of Linguistic Background in Interaction: A Comparison of Mixed and Matched Second Language and Heritage Language Learner Dyads. Hispania, 104, pp. 43-59.  

2013. Stillwell, K., & Hetrovicz, L. The Standardizations of Catalan: Latin to Present Day. Studies in the Linguistic Sciences: Illinois Working Papers, pp. 68-86. 


Published Pedagogical Materials

2019. Hetrovicz, L. Advanced Writing Learning Scenario: Coffee: A Hispanic Cultural Value. World Readiness Standards for Learning Spanish. A Project of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) Standards Collaborative Initiative. 

2016-2019. Hetrovicz, L., & Pérez-Núñez, A. Maestro de gramática. Spanish tutorial series on Youtube.

2011. Hetrovicz, L. Experience Spanish textbook activity contributor, McGraw-Hill.