Manuela Gonzalez-Bueno

Associate Professor
Primary office:
Joseph R. Pearson Hall
Room 342
University of Kansas
1122 West Campus Rd
Lawrence, KS 66045-3101

I obtained a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Spanish at The Pennsylvania State University in May 1994. My major field was Spanish Applied Linguistics/Second Language Acquisition. I had previously obtained an undergraduate degree (Licenciatura) in Hispanic Philology (concentration in Linguistics) from the Universidad de Sevilla, Seville, Spain, in June 1980. I currently impart courses at the University of Kansas on teaching foreign languages methodology. My research focuses, naturally, in foreign language teaching methodologies, in general, and in teaching grammar and pronunciation, in particular, while at the same time incorporating the element of technology as a way to enhance both learning and teaching. I have presented at both national (ACTFL, AATSP, TESOL) and international (Costa Rica, Japan, Spain, Greece) professional forums, and also published in national (Foreign Language Annals, Hispania, Applied Language Learning, Language Learning and Technology) and international (International Review of Applied Linguistics, Journal of Language Teaching and Research) professional journals.


The failure of a teaching method might not reside in the method itself, but in its implementation.

We cannot teach a language, we can only create the conditions under which it will be learned (Wilhelm von Humboldt, 1767–1835)

Teaching Interests

  • Foreign Language Education
  • Foreign Language Teaching Methodology
  • Teaching of Foreign Language Pronunciation
  • Spanish Phonetics and Phonology.

Research Interests

  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Foreign Language Teaching Methodology
  • Teaching of Foreign Language Pronunciation
  • Spanish Phonetics and Phonology.

Selected Publications

Gonzales-Bueno, M. (2013). The Teaching of the Linguistic Form: Using PI and PACE Model to Teach Foreign Language Grammar and Pronunciation.. In Actualizaciones en Comunicación Social. (Vol. 2, pp. 516-521). In Actualizaciones en Comunicación Social, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba: Centro de Linguística Aplicada.

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., Spanish Second Language Acquisition, Penn State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, 1994
  • Licenciatura (Bachelor's degree), Spanish Literature and Linguistics, University of Seville, Spain, 1980


Foreign Language Education

Associate professor Diane Nielsen involved in $120 million project to overhaul how reading is taught to children by 2015
School of Education is 10th among public universities for its master’s and doctoral programs
—U.S. News & World Report
3.35: average GPA of students admitted to teacher education program
All teacher education programs accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
All teacher education programs accredited by the Kansas State Department of Education
Alumni have been named Kansas Teacher of the Year
Alumni have received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and the Horizon Award