Cherice Montgomery

Associate Professor, Spanish & Portuguese

3177 JFSB


Curriculum Vitae

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Teaching Experience

I love teaching and exploring ways to make learning more fun, interactive, and meaningful. My perspective is informed by a diverse array of K-16 teaching experiences. I have also been honored with several awards for excellence in teaching, including the ACTFL-NYSAFLT Anthony Papalia Award for Excellence in Teacher Education, the Brigham Young University Faculty Women’s Association Teaching Award, the Kansas Foreign Language Teacher of the Year Award, and the U.S.D. 259 Good Apple Award.up


My research interests focus on four major areas:

  •  CREATIVITY & DESIGN: Creativity, design-based pedagogies, experiential learning, and project-based language learning
  • LITERACY: Literacy, transliteracy, biliteracy, and 21st century skills development
  •  TEACHER LEARNING: Curriculum development, professional development, and teacher preparation
  • LEADERSHIP & INNOVATION: Mentoring, leadership, and change in world language education

My current projects include pedagogical work and grant-supported research in four different immersive language learning environments:

  •  Dual Language Immersion (DLI): Literacy development through integrating curricula
  • Foreign Language Student Residences (FLSR): Designing effective learning environments
  • online, Playable Case Study simulations (PCS): Experiential learning and engagement online
  •  Project-based Language Learning (PBLL): Communication across 3 modes via culturally-situated experiental learning

Selected Publications

Recent peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters based on findings from my research include:

​Montgomery, C. (2020). Community by design: Crafting space for living, learning, and language development. In J. Bown, W. Smemoe, & D.P. Dewey, (Eds.). Language learning in foreign language houses: Immersion and integration, 347-380. Available:

Case, A.F. & Montgomery, C. (2020). The untapped potential of academic language in world language classrooms. In Burke, B.M. (Ed.), Room for all at the Table: 2020 Report of the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (pp. 75-93). Ashland, VA: Robert M. Terry. Retrieved from:

Benito Cox, C., & Montgomery, C. (2019). A study of 21st century skills and engagement in a university Spanish classroom. Foreign Language Annals, 52(1), 822-849.

Montgomery, C., & Nielson, R. (2019). Fostering cultural competency through technology-infused pedagogical approaches to literary studies. ADFL Bulletin, 45(2), 97-114. doi: 10.1632/adfl.45.2.97 Retrieved from

Martinsen, R., Montgomery, C., & Willardson, V. (2017). The effectiveness of video-based shadowing and tracking pronunciation exercises for foreign language. Foreign Language Annals, 50(4), 661-680.

Montgomery, C., & Samples, D. (2016, Mar./Apr.). Creating standards-based assessment, evaluation, and grading. The Language Educator, 11(2), 22-26.

Montgomery, C., & Smith, L.C. (2015). Bridging the gap between researchers and practitioners. Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 48(1), 100-113.

Montgomery, C. (2014, February). The transformative power of performance-based assessment. The Language Educator, 9(2), 42-47, 53.


I am a firm believer in the idea that the more one serves, the more capable one becomes. I have devoted much of my career to service on advisory boards, conference planning committees, and curriculum development committees. I have also designed a variety of grant-funded summer institutes and webinars for language resource centers that help world language educators to develop skills in assessment, literacy, leadership, pedagogy, project-based language learning, and technology.

Citizenship assignments

My university service assignments at BYU have included:

  •  Academic Task Force on Remote Learning, 2020
  •  Initial Programs Council (IPC), College of Humanities Representative, 2019-2020
  • ALL Lab Interdisciplinary Research Group, Member 2018-Present
  •  Educator Preparation Program Technology Instruction Revision Committee, Member, 2015-2017
  • English as a Second Language Symposium Advisory Committee, Member, 2011-2013
  • Secondary Education Committee, Member, 2008-Present

My College of Humanities service assignments at BYU have included:

  • FLANG 377R Curriculum Development Committee, Member 2019-Present
  • Dual Language Immersion Minor, Interim Director Fall 2019
  • DLI Minor Curriculum Development Committee, Member 2016-Present
  • Experiential Learning Symposium, Presenter, 2019
  •  Scholars of Faith Summer Seminar Planning Committee, Member 2016-2017
  •  Educator Preparation Humanities Program Council, Member 2015-2019
  • Second Language Research Forum (SLRF) Planning Committee, Member, 2012-2013
  • Dean’s Advisory Committee on the Digital Humanities, Member 2010-2013

My service assignments in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese Service have included:

  • Ad Hoc Search Committee for Span 321/322 Faculty Position, Member, 2020
  •  Curriculum & Instruction Committee, Member, 2020
  •  Curriculum & Instruction Committee, Interim Chair, 2019
  • Ad Hoc CFS Review Committee, Member, 2019
  • Ad Hoc Committee for Department Self-Study of the Spanish Teaching B.A., Chair, 2017
  •  Ad Hoc Search Committee for Portuguese Faculty Positions, Member, 2015-2016
  •  Ad Hoc Committee on Independent Study, Chair, 2015-2016
  •  Mini-course Organizer, 2011-2016
  • BYU Spanish Teachers’ Summer Workshop, Presenter, 2009-Presen
  • Españolandia Committee, Member, 2008-Present

My service to the profession has included work on various advisory boards, committees, and task forces, such as:

  • 8th International Conference on Immersion and Dual Language Education, Professional Learning Strand Planning Subcommittee, Co-chair, 2019-Present
  •  Dual Language Immersion Bridge Project Curriculum Development Committee for the Utah State Office of Education, Member, 2015-2018
  • Utah World Languages Secondary Support Team, Member, 2013-2015
  • Dual Immersion Secondary Curriculum Development Committee for the Utah State Office of Education, Member, 2011-2015
  • ACTFL Pimsleur Research Award Committee, Co-Chair, 2015
  • ACTFL Pimsleur Research Award Committee, Member, 2014

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