Michael Child

Assistant Professor, Spanish & Portuguese

3181 JFSB


Curriculum Vitae

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Teaching Experience

I love helping and learning from my students here at BYU. I believe strongly that the classroom is a place to not only acquire discipline-specific knowledge, but also where one can learn how to learn inside and outside of the classroom.


My research interests include second/third language acquisition, sociolinguistics, bilingualism, and language immersion education. I am particularly interested in the acquisition of languages in naturalistic environments vs. instructed environments.

Research Interest: Second Language Acquisition, Foreign Language Pedagogy.

Selected Publications

  • Child, M. W. & Bateman, B. E. (2020). Nominal and verbal agreement in Portuguese: Differential outcomes of a focus on language in a fourth grade immersion class. Hispania, 103(4), 501-521. https://doi.org/10.1353/hpn.2020.0111
  • Bateman, B. E., Child, M. W. & Bueno, E. B. (2020). A focus on language in the immersion language arts curriculum. Journal of Immersion and Content-Based Language Education, 8(2), 200-229. https://doi.org/10.1075/jicb.18031.bat
  •  Child, M. W. (2019). Transfer in L3 cognate language acquisition: The role of language background on instructed L3 Portuguese acquisition. International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching (IRAL), (ahead of print). https://doi.org/10.1515/iral-2017-0113
  •  Carvalho, A. M. & Child, M. W. (2018). Expanding the multilingual repertoire: Teaching cognate languages to heritage Spanish speakers. In K. Potowski (Ed.) The Routledge handbook of Spanish as a heritage language (pp. 420-432). New York: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315735139
  •  Bellamy, K., Child, M. W., González, P., Muntendam, A. & Parafita Couto, M. C. (2017). Multidisciplinary approaches to bilingualism in the Hispanic and Lusophone world. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. https://doi.org/10.1075/ihll.13
  •  Child, M. W. (2017). The Typological Primacy Model and bilingual types: Transfer differences between Spanish/English bilinguals in L3 Portuguese acquisition. In K. Bellamy, M. W. Child, P. González, A. Muntendam & M. C. Parafita Couto (Eds.), Multidisciplinary approaches to bilingualism in the Hispanic and Lusophone world (pp. 41-65). Amsterdam: John Benjamins. https://doi.org/10.1075/ihll.13.03chi
  •  Child, M. W. (2013). Language learning perceptions: The role of Spanish in L3 Portuguese acquisition. Portuguese Language Journal, 7, 1-55. http://www.ensinoportugues.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Child-2013-Language-Learning-Perceptions-The-Role-of-Spanish-in-L3-Portuguese-Acquisition.pdf
  •  Carvalho, A. M. & Child, M. W. (2011). Subject pronoun expression in a variety of Spanish in contact with Portuguese. In Jim Michnowicz & Robin Dodsworth (eds.), Selected proceedings of the 5th workshop on Spanish sociolinguistics (pp. 14-25). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press. http://www.lingref.com/cpp/wss/5/paper2502.pdf


I have served on various department and college committees and have enjoyed these opportunities to help further the work and aims of the University. One of the more notable committee I have served on is the Humanities Public Outreach Committee where I have had the privilege of planning and participated in various concerts and events that have been organized for the BYU and greater Utah County community.

Citizenship assignments

2020 – Present Member of the both the Department and College Awards Committees

2020 – Present Member of the Department Travel Committee

2020 – Present Member, Portuguese Hiring Committee

2018 Member, Portuguese Hiring Committee

2018 Member, Hiring Committee for Visiting Faculty in Spanish Literature

2017 – Present Portuguese Adjunct Supervisor

2017 – Present Member of the Humanities Public Outreach Committee

2017 – Present Co-organizer/Volunteer, Spanish Foreign Language Fair

2016 – 2018 Member of the Spanish 321/322 Committee

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