- Additional Positions at AU
- Director, Spanish Language Program
- Ph.D. (distinction), Spanish Linguistics, Georgetown University
M.S., Spanish Linguistics, Georgetown University
M.S., Computational Linguistics, Georgetown University
M.S., Machine Translation, University of Manchester
- Languages Spoken
- Spanish, English, Italian, German
- Dr. Cerezo is a professor of applied linguistics and the director of the Spanish language program at American University. He has been a consultant for institutions like the Fulbright Commission and Berlitz. His research investigates technologies for language learning, particularly video games, simulations, and hybrid and online curricula. Through quantitative and qualitative methods, Dr. Cerezo evaluates the effectiveness of different instructional methods (e.g., guided induction, metacognitive instruction, vicarious learning) for different learner profiles. In his video game Talking to Avatars, English speakers learn Spanish while interacting with pre-filmed actors, receiving different types of corrective feedback. His work has been published in leading journals such as Computer Assisted Language Learning, Language Learning & Technology, and Studies in Second Language Acquisition.
Honors, Awards, and Fellowships
- 2012 Harold N. Glassman Dissertation Award in the Social Sciences, Georgetown University.
- 2011, Teaching with Technology Award, CTRL, American University
- Leow, R. P., Cerezo, L., Baralt, M. (2015). A Psycholinguistic Approach to Technology and Language Learning. Berlin, Germany; Boston, MA: De Gruyter Mouton.
- Cerezo, L. (2017). Always together or alone first? Effects of type of collaborative translation on Spanish L2 development. Journal of Spanish Language Teaching, 4(2), 152–167.
- Cerezo, L., Caras, A., & Leow, R. P. (2016). Effectiveness of guided induction versus deductive instruction on the development of complex Spanish “gustar” structures: An analysis of learning outcomes and processes. Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 38, 265-291.
- Cerezo, L., Baralt, M., Suh, B. R., & Leow, R. P. (2014). Does the medium really matter in L2 development? The validity of CALL research designs. Computer Assisted Language Learning, 27(4), 294–310.
- Leow, R. P., Cerezo, L., Caras, A., Cruz, G. (2019). CALL in ISLA: Promoting depth of processing of complex L2 Spanish “Para/Por” prepositions. In R. DeKeyser and G. Prieto Botana (Eds.), Doing SLA research with implications for the classroom: Reconciling methodological demands and pedagogical applicability. (pp. 155–178). Amsterdam, The Netherlands: John Benjamins.
- Cerezo, L. (2015). Theoretical approaches to CALL research: Toward a psycholinguistic perspective. In R. P. Leow, L. Cerezo & M. Baralt (Eds.), A psycholinguistic approach to technology and language learning. (pp. 23-46). Berlin, Germany; Boston, MA: De Gruyter Mouton.
- Cerezo, L. (2014). Interpreting. In M. Lacorte (Ed.), The Routledge handbook of Hispanic applied linguistics. (pp. 313-331). London, UK; New York, NY: Routledge.
Area of Expertise
Spanish linguistics, second language acquisition, e-learning, language-teacher training, translation and interpreting, computer-aided translation
Luis Cerezo was born and raised in Málaga, a mini-Babel of sorts on the Spanish Mediterranean. His early interest in languages drove him to complete a BA in translation and interpreting at the University of Málaga, followed by graduate research in Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Cerezo holds a PhD in Spanish Applied Linguistics from Georgetown University and is a PhD candidate in translation and interpreting at the University of Málaga. Additionally, he holds an MS in machine translation from the University of Manchester and two MS degrees from Georgetown University, in computational linguistics and Spanish applied linguistics. Cerezo has a passion for technology and visual arts and is the author of several language-learning applications and short films. In bringing these interests together, he developed Talking to Avatars,a computerized tutor that allows students to interact with prefilmed actors to learn Spanish in real-life situations.