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Mariana Bono

  • Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures
Position: Lecturer
Title: Lecturer in Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures.
  • Spanish Language, Linguistics, and Culture
Field: Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition
Office: 401 East Pyne
Phone: 609-258-7314
Office Hours: Mon/Fri 11:00am-12:00pm and by appointment
Mariana Bono


Mariana Bono (Ph.D., Université de la Sorbonne) is a specialist in Second Language Acquisition and Multilingual Studies. Her research interests include psycholinguistic and sociolinguistic issues in L3 acquisition, cross-linguistic interaction, language awareness, learning and communication strategies in multilingual classrooms, multilingual and multicultural identities, linguistic policies and foreign language curricula. Dr. Bono has published papers and book chapters on the acquisition of vocabulary and grammar in Spanish L3. She acts as a reviewer for several international journals in applied linguistics and she recently wrote a chapter on Second Language Acquisition Theories for the Routgedge Encyclopedia of Language Teaching and Learning.

Mariana Bono teaches courses at different levels in the Spanish Language Program. Before joining the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures at Princeton University, she taught Spanish language and literature at the Ecole Polytechnique in France and applied linguistics at Birkbeck, University of London, UK. Her approach to teaching Spanish as a foreign language is multidisciplinary and draws on language pedagogy, psycholinguistics, bilingual studies and discourse analysis. She is particularly interested in the processes and factors that bear on the acquisition of Spanish in formal settings, such as the impact of prior linguistic knowledge, language transfer, linguistic awareness and the roles played by reflexivity and verbal interaction in the learning process.