Xavier Gutierrez, PhD, MEd, BA

Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts - Modern Languages and Cultural Studies Dept


Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts - Modern Languages and Cultural Studies Dept



I am an Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics and Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies, and I am also the Spanish Language Program Coordinator. I have been teaching at the University of Alberta since 2013.

Currently, I am also the Co-Editor-in-Chief, with Dr. Leila Ranta, of Language Awareness, the journal of the Association for Language Awareness.

I was born and raised in Barcelona, Spain, where I completed a B.A. in English and German Philology and a M.Ed. in Language Education at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. I also hold a Ph.D. in Second Language Education from the University of New Brunswick.


I am an applied linguist with a research focus on Second Language Education. In particular, I am interested in explicit knowledge representations of language, grammar teaching and learning, Task-based Language Teaching, and teacher education.

Currently I am working on two projects related to Task-based Language Teaching. One of the projects is a program evaluation study about the implementation of a task-based curriculum in the Spanish language classes at the University of Alberta. This project is funded by a grant from the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund of the University of Alberta.

The second project I am working on is a collaborative research with my colleagues Bill Dunn and Leila Ranta, from the Faculty of Education, about the role teacher education plays in the adoption of pedagogical innovations such as TBLT by student teachers.


I teach courses in Applied Linguistics, mainly about Second Language Education, at the undergraduate and graduate level, and Spanish language courses at the undergraduate level. I supervise graduate students working on topics related to Second Language Education. I also coordinate the Spanish Language Program at the University of Alberta.

In 2017, I was the recipient of the Faculty of Arts Undergraduate Teaching Award (Early Achievement).


SPAN 378 - Teaching Spanish as a Second Language

Approaches to language teaching, Spanish grammar pedagogy, and specific issues in teaching Spanish structures and skills. Prerequisite: SPAN 300 or 306 or consent of Department. Note: Not open to students with credit in SPAN 478. May be taken in place of SPAN 478 for program requirements.

Fall Term 2021
SPAN 476 - The Acquisition of Spanish

Issues relating to the acquisition of Spanish as a second language, education, and language policies, and language pedagogy in the literature and in practice. Prerequisites: *3 in SPAN at the 300-level excluding 300 and 306, or consent of Department.

Winter Term 2022

Browse more courses taught by Xavier Gutierrez


The study of metalinguistic constructs in Second Language Acquisition research.
Author(s): Simard, D., Gutiérrez, X.
Publication Date: 2018
Publication: In P. Garret & J. M. Cots (Eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Language Awareness (pp. 205-221). London: Routledge.
External Link: https://www.routledge.com/The-Routledge-Handbook-of-Language-Awareness/Garrett-Cots/p/book/9781138937048
Explicit Knowledge of the Spanish Subjunctive and Accurate Use in Discrete-point, Oral Production, and Written Production Measures.
Author(s): Gutiérrez, X.
Publication Date: 2017
Publication: Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics, 20(1), 1-30.
External Link: https://journals.lib.unb.ca/index.php/CJAL/article/view/23141
Analyzed knowledge, metalanguage, and second language proficiency
Author(s): Gutiérrez, X.
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: System, 60, 42-54
External Link: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0346251X16300562
Knowledge sources in L2 writing and their contributions to the resolution of language-related episodes.
Author(s): Gutiérrez, X.
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: In H. M. McGarrell, & D. Wood (Eds.) Contact - Refereed Proceedings of TESL Ontario Research Symposium, 41(2), 79-90
External Link: http://teslontario.net/publication/research-symposium
Metalinguistic knowledge, metalingual knowledge, and proficiency in L2 Spanish.
Author(s): Gutiérrez, X.
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: Language Awareness, 22(2), 176-191
External Link: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09658416.2012.713966
Metalinguistic knowledge in language-related episodes with covert metalinguistic activity.
Author(s): Gutiérrez, X.
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: In K. Roehr and G. A. Gánem-Gutiérrez (Eds.), The metalinguistic dimension in instructed second language learning (pp. 147-169). London: Continuum.
External Link: https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/the-metalinguistic-dimension-in-instructed-second-language-learning-9781441168566/
The construct validity of grammaticality judgment tests as measures of implicit and explicit L2 knowledge
Author(s): Gutiérrez, X.
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 35(3), 423-449
External Link: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/studies-in-second-language-acquisition/article/construct-validity-of-grammaticality-judgment-tests-as-measures-of-implicit-and-explicit-knowledge/4A928805DBDCA5A04F97F736CB8FEC98
Implicit knowledge, explicit knowledge, and achievement in second language (L2) Spanish.
Author(s): Gutiérrez, X.
Publication Date: 2012
Publication: Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics, 15(1), 20-40
External Link: https://journals.lib.unb.ca/index.php/CJAL/article/view/19945
Knowledge representations underlying covert metalinguistic activity. A working hypothesis
Author(s): Gutiérrez, X.
Publication Date: 2011
Publication: Language Awareness, 20(3), 239-254
External Link: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09658416.2011.573855
What does metalinguistic activity in learners’ interaction during a collaborative L2 writing task look like?
Author(s): Gutiérrez, X.
Publication Date: 2008
Publication: The Modern Language Journal, 92(4), 519-537
External Link: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1540-4781.2008.00785.x