Loyola University Chicago

Modern Languages and Literatures

Faculty & Staff Directory

Dr. Clara Burgo

Title/s:  Undergraduate Program Director of Spanish
Associate Professor

Specialty Area: Spanish Language & Linguistics

Office #:  CC217B

Phone: 773.508.8296



  • Ph.D. Hispanic Linguistics, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • M.A. Hispanic Linguistics, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • B.A. Filología inglesa, University of Deusto (Spain)

Research Interests

  • Sociolinguistics
  • Spanish for Heritage Speakers
  • Spanish in the US

Courses Taught

  • Composition and Conversation I and II/ Native Speakers
  • Spanish Sociolinguistics 
  • Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
  • Spanish Pragmatics
  • Bilingualism in the Spanish-Speaking World
  • Spanish Teaching Methods (Graduate)

Selected Publications


  • Burgo, C. (2018). Clases mixtas: L2 y lengua de herencia. Madrid: Arco Libros

Refereed Book Chapters

  • Burgo, C. (forthcoming). Mixed classrooms: How do Spanish heritage speakers (HS) feel about the mix?​, in Thompson, G., & Alvord, S. (Eds.). Contact, Community, and Connections: Current Approaches to Spanish in Multilingual Populations. Vernon Press​.
  • Burgo, C. (2016). Teaching Spanish in the digital age: A flipped classroom or just hybrid?, in C. Wang, & L. Winstead (Eds). Handbook of Research on Foreign Language Education in the Digital Age (pp. 83-103), Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Articles in Refereed Journals

  • Burgo, C. (2018). The impact of study abroad on Spanish heritage language learners. Journal of Latinos and Education, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/15348431.2018.1518139
  • Burgo, C. (2017). Comparing advanced L2 and heritage language learners’ Spanish grammars: Some pedagogical considerations, Revista Española de Lingüística Aplicada/Spanish Journal of Applied Linguistics, 30(1), 52-73.
  • Burgo, C. (2017). Meeting student needs: Integrating Spanish heritage language learners into the second language classroom. Hispania, 100(5), 45-50.
  • Burgo, C. (2012). Social influence in the use of the present perfect for the preterite in Bilbao Spanish. Spanish in Context,9(1), 88-108.​