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Mariana Bono

  • Spanish and Portuguese
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: Monday and Friday 11:00am-12:00pm or by appointment
Mariana Bono


Mariana Bono (Ph.D., Université de la Sorbonne) specializes in Second Language Acquisition and Multilingual Studies. Her research interests include psycholinguistic and sociolinguistic issues in L3 acquisition, language pedagogy, and the politics of language in multilingual contexts. Prof. Bono has published papers and book chapters on the acquisition of vocabulary and grammar in Spanish L3 and she has contributed to the latest edition of the Routledge Encyclopedia of Language Teaching and Learning. She acts as a reviewer for several international journals, including the International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, Le français dans le monde, Recherches et applications, and the Canadian Modern Language Review.   More recently, she has been working on literacy-based approaches to instructed language learning and content-based course design. She has contributed to the implementation of a pedagogical model that integrates language and culture into the Spanish language curriculum at Princeton.


Mariana Bono teaches 200- and 300-level courses at the Spanish Language Program and is currently teaching a Freshman Seminar entitled Mother Tongues: Language and National Identity in the 21st Century. Before joining the Department of Spanish and Portuguese 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.

Doctor Bono is a Faculty Fellow and Adviser at Whitman College, and she also serves as a campus Fulbright Committee member. She enjoys learning about her advisees’ interests and talents and helping them make the most of their Princeton experience. She is especially active in mentoring students who wish to participate in study and work abroad programs.