Profe Julio Torres


I am an Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics and Multilingualism in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese with a courtesy appointment in the Department of Language Science at the University of California, Irvine.

I am the Director of the Spanish Language Program as well as our minor in Spanish/English Bilingual Education. I also direct El Areyto Lab for Second Language Acquisition and Bilingualism.

I am affiliated with the National Heritage Language Resource Center at the University of California, Los Angeles where I am collaborating on the development and administration of a digital repository for research tools and materials for studying heritage bilinguals. Please feel free to contribute! http://nhlrc.ucla.edu/nhlrc/category/data

As a teacher educator, I work with K-16 educators in developing effective teaching strategies for heritage language learners (esp., writing skills) and implementing task-based language teaching methodology.

Webinar on Task-based Language Teaching

Recipient of 2020 School of Humanities Teaching Award 

Recipient of the 2014 Russell Campbell’s Young Scholar Special Recognition Award for the                         field of  Heritage Language Education


Instructed Heritage & Second Language Acquisition; Multilingualism; Cognition; Task-based Language Learning; Curriculum & Instruction


Ph.D. in Spanish Linguistics, Georgetown University, 2013

M.A. in Spanish Literature, Saint Louis University in Madrid, 2004

B.S. in French and Spanish Secondary Education, Kutztown University of PA, 1999


“How to Learn a New Language at Home, According to Language Experts”