Fac/Staff profile


Associate Professor of Spanish
Francia Martinez
3107 CASL Building
4901 Evergreen Rd
Dearborn, MI 48128
W: 2:15-4:00 p.m. Fall 2018

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Biography and Education

Professor Francia Martinez was born in Cali, Colombia, the capital of salsa music. She earned her baccalaureate degree in Foreign Language Teaching and Education at Universidad del Valle in Cali, Colombia in 2003. Then, she moved to the United States to attend graduate school. She received her Ph.D. in Spanish Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa in 2009 and worked for Ohio University as a Visiting Assistant Professor, Spanish Language Program Director, and Graduate Teaching Associates Coordinator, between 2009 and 2010.

Current Teaching Areas

Spanish language courses (introductory and intermediate Spanish classes and advanced writing and speaking classes), Spanish linguistics, and a foreign language methodology course.

Research Interests

Sociolinguistics: Linguistic Landscape and Hispanics in the US in Detroit, Michigan (Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, and Colombians)


Ph.D., University of Alabama, Spanish Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition

M.A., University of Alabama, Latin American and Spanish Literature and Culture

B.A., Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia, Foreign Language Education

Teaching and Research

Selected Publications

Martínez Valencia, F. (2015). English and More in Commercial Ads: The Case of Colombia
World Englishes, 34, (4), 600-619.

Martínez Valencia, F. (2014). A sociolinguistic study of a Hispanic colony in Detroit, 
Michigan. Southern Journal of Linguistics 38,83-122.

Martínez Valencia, E. (2012). Recursos lingüísticos empleados en la prensa popular colombiana.
Estudios Lingüística de la Universidad de AlicanteRevista de Lengua Española y Lingüística
General: ELUA
26, 211-234.


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2 years 3 months
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