Ann Abbott

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Ann Abbott

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Ann Abbott is an award-winning Spanish language educator who uses service learning so that her students actually experience the language, cultures and the course content. She regularly teaches "Spanish in the Community," "Business Spanish" and "Spanish & Entrepreneurship." Very active on social media herself, she also teaches social media marketing to her students and presents to other language educators about teaching with technology. In fact, when she walks into her classroom, she usually says, "Students, turn on your cellphones," and then proceeds to access the target language and cultures through students' own devices. Associate Professor, Department of Spanish, Italian & Portuguese Director of Undergraduate Studies, Spanish University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign