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Kristi Hislope, Ph.D.

Title: Associate Department Head and Professor
Phone: 706-864-1427

Office: Dunlap Hall 322A, Dahlonega
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Areas of Expertise: Spanish Applied Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition


Dr. Kristi Hislope is an associate department head and professor in the Department of Spanish. She received her doctorate from Purdue University in 2001 and has been at  the University of North Georgia's Dahlonega campus since then. Her specialties are Spanish Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition. Her dissertation research was on heritage speakers of Spanish. Her other professional interests include sociolinguistics, dialectology, language attitudes, language teaching, and English as a second language.

Courses Taught

  • Beginning Spanish
  • Elementary Spanish
  • Intermediate Spanish I & II
  • Spanish Culture and Civilization I
  • Advanced Conversation
  • Advanced Composition and Syntax
  • Advanced Language Skills
  • Spanish Linguistics
  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • Teaching of Foreign Languages
  • Applied Linguistics
  • Cultural Issues in ESOL
  • Materials and Methods of ESOL


  • Ph.D. , Spanish Applied Linguistics , Purdue University , 2001
  • M.A. , Spanish Literature , University of Kentucky, 1994
  • B.S. , Spanish & Industrial Technology (Robotics) , Morehead State University , 1992


Hislope, K.  (2012).  Oral activities for novice language learners. Academic Exchange Quarterly,16(1), 103-110. 

Hislope, K.  (2008).  Language learning in a virtual world. The International Journal of Learning, 15(11), 51-58.

Hislope, K.  (2005). Perception of Spanish heritage and L2 writing.  Academic Exchange Quarterly, 9(2), 246-250.

Hislope, K. (2005). A present subjunctive focus-on-form study of heritage speakers of Spanish.  In L. A. Ortiz López & M. Lacorte (Eds.), Contactos y contextos lingüísticos.  El español en los Estados Unidos y en contacto con otras lenguas (pp.315-322). Madrid & Frankfurt: Iberoamericana / Vervuert Publishing.

Hislope, K.  (2003, September).  A reading study of Spanish heritage speakers. Reading Matrix,3(2). 

Hislope, K., Pomphile, M., & Combier, E.  (2003).  Building community in the foreign language classroom.  Reaching through Teaching, 15, 14-21. 

Hislope, K.  (2003).  Heritage speakers in the Spanish classroom.  FLAG Journal of the Foreign Language Association of Georgia, 4(1), 33-34. 

Hislope, K.  (2002).  Spanish present subjunctive usage by US Spanish heritage speakers.  Kansas Working Papers in Linguistics, 26, 39-57.

Hislope, K.  (2002).  [Review of the book How to Teach Modern Languages—and Survive!]. Linguist List, 13(713).

Work Experience

  • Associate department head of Spanish, University of North Georgia, 2015 - present
  • Professor of Spanish, University of North Georgia, 2014 - present
  • Associate professor of Spanish, University of North Georgia, 2006 – 2014
  • Assistant professor of Spanish, University of North Georgia, 2001 – 2006
  • Instructor of ESL, Purdue University, 1998 – 2001
  • Teaching assistant, Spanish, Purdue University, 1995 – 2001
  • Instructor of Spanish, University of Kentucky, 1995
  • Teaching assistant, Spanish, University of Kentucky, 1992-1994

Personal Information

Dr. Hislope is from Somerset, Kentucky. She learned Spanish in high school and studied abroad in Durango, Mexico. She enjoys traveling and has visited most of the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Uruguay, Spain, Greece, and China. She hopes to visit more places! She is a fanatic of UK (University of Kentucky) basketball, loves animals, practices yoga regularly, enjoys movies and t.v., takes tons of pictures, and loves anything related to language and linguistics! Dr. Hislope likes to dabble in painting and jewelry making occasionally. She will never refuse a piece of chocolate! In addition, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and their long talks over dinner. She likes to enjoy life and loves teaching Spanish! 

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