Greg Thompson

Associate Professor, Spanish & Portuguese

3173 JFSB


Curriculum Vitae

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Teaching Experience

I believe in creating students who are not only learners in the classroom but also lifelong learners. When students take control of their own learning, their progression as a learner is exponential. This is done through the creation of a communicative language classroom. Language cannot be taught without an understanding of the culture, the people, the linguistic structure, and the literature.


I have published articles and books on my varied research areas including heritage language learners; community service learning; bilingualism and languages in contact; telecollaboration; and language testing.

Selected Publications

Alvord, S. M., & Thompson, G. L. (Eds.) (2020). Spanish in the United States: Attitudes and variation. Abingdon, UK: Routledge. (236 pages)

Thompson, G. L., & Alvord, S. M. (Eds.) (2019). Contact, community, and connections: Current approaches to Spanish in multilingual populations. Wilmington, DE: Vernon Press. (407 pages).

Brown, A. V., & Thompson, G. L. (2018). The changing landscape of Spanish language curricula: Designing higher education programs for diverse students. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press. (276 pages)

Thompson, G. L. (2012). Intersection of service and learning: Research and practice in the second language classroom. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing. (180 pages)

Thompson, G., & Lamboy, E. (2012). Spanish in bilingual and multilingual settings around the world. Boston, MA: Brill. (300 pages)


Ceo-DiFrancesco, D., Thompson, G. L., Brown, A. V., & Barton, K. (2020). Experiencias: Intermediate Spanish (1st edition textbook). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. (448 pages)

Ceo-DiFrancesco, D., Barton, K., Thompson, G. L., & Brown, A. V. (2020). Experiencias: Beginning Spanish (1st edition textbook). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. (464 pages)

Brown, A. V., & Thompson, G. L. (2020). How foreign are the Spanish Advanced Placement world language exams? The case of ethnicity, bilinguality, and heritage learner candidates. Hispania, 103(2), 181-198.

Thompson, G. L., Cox, T., & Knapp, N. (2016). Comparing the OPI and the OPIc: The effect of test method on oral proficiency scores and student preferences. Foreign Language Annals, 49(1), 75-92.


I have found that serving in the department, college, university and profession at large to be very rewarding. I have had the opportunity to serve in a variety of ways but some of the most rewarding experiences is my working with graduate students on theses and projects as they develop and grow intellectually and conduct fascinating research. I am always grateful to learn from all of these experiences and I appreciate the opportunities given to me.

Citizenship assignments

  • Editorial board member for Albricias, a journal published by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (2015-present)
  •  Officer in the ACTFL Special Interest Group (SIG) Spanish for Heritage Learners (SHL) (2012-2020)
  • Workshop organizer and presenter at BYU Summer Institute for public school teachers (2012-present)
  •  Reviewer for several different publications including Georgetown University Press, Modern Language Journal, Foreign Language Annals, Hispania, and others.
  •  SLaT Program Administrator (2020 – 2022)
  •  SLaT Advisory Committee (2018 – 2020)
  •  University/Department liaison to the Spanish Resource Center at BYU (2013 – present)
  • Member of the SPAN 321/322 committee (2014 – 2018)
  • BYU Paintball Club Advisor (2013 – 2018)