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.

I was 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 212 - Intermediate Spanish II

A continuation of Spanish 211. Prerequisite: SPAN 211 or consent of Department. Note: Not to be taken by students with advanced standing equivalent or near native ability.

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Featured Publications

William Dunn, Xavier Gutiérrez, and Leila Ranta

In H. Reinders (Ed.), Language Teacher Leadership. Insights from Research and Practice (pp. 229-254). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan.. 2023 November; 10.1007/978-3-031-42871-5

Simard, D., Gutiérrez, X.

In P. Garret & J. M. Cots (Eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Language Awareness (pp. 205-221). London: Routledge.. 2018 January;

Gutiérrez, X.

Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics, 20(1), 1-30.. 2017 January;

Gutiérrez, X.

System, 60, 42-54. 2016 January;

Gutiérrez, X.

In H. M. McGarrell, & D. Wood (Eds.) Contact - Refereed Proceedings of TESL Ontario Research Symposium, 41(2), 79-90. 2015 January;

Gutiérrez, X.

Language Awareness, 22(2), 176-191. 2013 January;

Gutiérrez, X.

In K. Roehr and G. A. Gánem-Gutiérrez (Eds.), The metalinguistic dimension in instructed second language learning (pp. 147-169). London: Continuum.. 2013 January;

Gutiérrez, X.

Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 35(3), 423-449. 2013 January;

Gutiérrez, X.

Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics, 15(1), 20-40. 2012 January;

Gutiérrez, X.

Language Awareness, 20(3), 239-254. 2011 January;

Gutiérrez, X.

The Modern Language Journal, 92(4), 519-537. 2008 January;