Dr. Manuela Gonzalez-Bueno

portrait of Manuela Gonzalez-Bueno
  • Associate Professor
  • Foreign Language Education Program Coordinator

Contact Info

Office Phone:
Department Phone:
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, room #342


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. Dr. Gonzales-Bueno specializes in foreign language education. Website: Articulation Evolution: https://educweb.ku.edu/gonzalez/articulatory-evolution/ S-PACE Lessons: https://educweb.ku.edu/gonzalez/s-pace/


Spanish Second Language Acquisition, The Pennsylvania State University, 1994, State College, PA


My research is applied by nature, that is, I seek to discover ways in which second language acquisition theories and foreign language pedagogical methods can best be applied to the efficient learning of a foreign language, thus contributing to the ultimate goal of creating a multilingual society. To that end, I realize that the best tool is the preparation of pre-service teachers to implement those ways. That is my role in the larger frame of the School of Education.

Research interests:

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


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.

Selected Publications

  • The Role of Translation in The Communicative Classroom: Addressing the Connections and Comparisons Goals of the Standards. Ducere Revista de Investigación Educativa. University Arturo Prat, Chile (In press.)
  • S-PACE to teach L2 grammar: Adding Structure to the PACE Model. Applied Language Learning, 31 (1&2), 2021.
  • Issues related to the teaching of Spanish voiced stops /b, d, g/ and their lenited allophones.” In Rao, R. (ed.) Key Issues in the Teaching of Spanish Pronunciation: From Description to Pedagogy. Routledge: New York, NY, 2019, 60-83.

Selected Presentations

  • Translation in the Communicative Fl Classroom: Reclaiming translation from exile. Virtual Kansas World Language Association Conference. October 24, 2020.
  • Teaching pronunciation: A case for the lenient allophone of the voiced stop /b/. Presented at the 101st Annual AATSP Conference. San Diego, July 8-11, 2019.
  • “S-PACE: The teaching of the linguistic form, grammar and pronunciation, within a communicative approach.” Invited Keynote to the 6th International Conference of Modern Languages. San Jose de Costa Rica, Costa Rica, December 2018.

Grants & Other Funded Activity

Summer Writing Support. $3183.04. Submitted 2/4/2016 (7/3/2016 - 7/17/2016). University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded