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María Eugenia de Luna

Dr. María Eugenia de Luna

(She, her, ella)

Assistant Professor, Modern Languages Institute & Arts Studies

Modern Languages

Abbotsford campus, D3018

Phone: 604.504.7441, local 4054

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María Eugenia de Luna holds a PhD. in Hispanic Studies from Western University (2011), an MA in Applied Linguistics (2007), and a BA in Communication Sciences (1990) from Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP). In 2006 she was awarded the North American Grant Mobility Program between UDLAP and the University of Manitoba. That same year, she was a Graduate Fellow/Visiting Scholar for the Transnational Literacy Researchers Work Group in the Center for the Americas at Vanderbilt University. Before coming to UFV, Dr. de Luna worked in other universities in Hong Kong, Canada, and the United States, teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language. As an active community member, Dr. de Luna has been involved in community service learning initiatives, as well as an outreach program as the coordinator of an Access to University program for non-traditional learners.


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Hispanic Studies
The University of Western Ontario, Canada (2011)
Dissertation: Mexican Temporary Agricultural Workers in Canada: A Language and Migration Approach
  • Master of Arts, Applied Linguistics 
Universidad de las Américas Puebla, Mexico (2006)
Thesis: Homeliteracy Practices:  Prácticas de Lectoescritura en el Hogar: Estudio de Caso de Cuatro Familias Mexicanas Inmigrantes en Canadá [Case Study of Four Mexican Immigrant Families in Canada]
  • Diploma in Business Administration  
Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM), Mexico (2001)
  • Bachelor of Arts with Cum Laude, Communication Sciences
Universidad de las Américas Puebla, México (1990)
Thesis: San Pablito Cuna del Amatl [San Pablito: Cradle of Amate Paper]-Ethnographic Documentary


  • Member, Asociación Canadiense de Hispanistas (ACH).
  • Member, The Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CALACS).
  • Member, Standing Committee on Language Articulation (SCOLA).

Teaching Philosophy

One of my passions in life is teaching.  For me, it is essential to know that I am part of my students’ adventure of learning at the university level.  I take my contribution to their personal and intellectual growth very seriously, which, in turn, helps them to meet present and future challenges.  As a result, I am committed to the task of constantly improving my pedagogical practices by rethinking better ways to engage students with the content of my courses.  I am interested in what students are learning, how they can learn it more effectively, and how to build up opportunities for student engagement inside and outside the classroom. I believe in the importance of using different forms for students to learn, incorporating active learning approaches, and different digital tools, addressing different learning styles, and contributing to the attainment of knowledge and skills they need. 

Teaching Interests


  • Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language (SFL)
  • Latin American Language and Culture
  • Linguistics
  • Language and Migration
  • Teaching University Skills to International Students and Non-Traditional Learners


  • SPAN 493 - Directed Studies, Spanish Language, Society and Migration
  • SPAN 330 / LAS 312 - Latin American Popular Culture
  • SPAN 301 - Advanced Oral Spanish
  • SPAN 202 - Intermediate Spanish II
  • SPAN 201 - Intermediate Spanish I
  • SPAN 102 - Spanish Language II
  • SPAN 101 - Spanish Language I
  • LING 101 - An Introduction to Language
  • UNIV 101 -  University 101

Research Interests

My research aims to understand how language mediates social participation. Specifically, I want to contribute to understanding how linguistic diversity, access to study English as a Second Language, Adult Second Language Acquisition, English language proficiency level, and linguistic ideology and attitudes mediate social and economic participation. I am interested in linguistically diverse small Canadian cities and social justice issues related to language and migration. My second field of research interest is the pedagogy of teaching and learning Spanish as a Foreign Language (SFL), where I share my research and practical knowledge on innovative materials on the teaching and learning of SFL at national and international conferences and by publishing my work. I will continue working on designing and developing student-centred opportunities, such as task-focused projects, to practice and share students’ knowledge by transcending beyond the SFL classroom.

Research Grants

ROSA Project Research and Scholarly Option teaching release. Research, Engagement and Graduate Studies. The University of the Fraser Valley.


  • Surtees, V. & De Luna, M.E. (2022). Your English is so good! Strategies for identifying and confronting accent discrimination in your classes. Workshop presented at UFV PD Day 2022. UFV.
  • De Luna, M.E.  (2021). Programa de Trabajadores Agrícolas Temporales México-Canadá: Cuando la lengua sí importa. Paper presented at II Encuentro Internacional Derechos Lingüísticos Como Derechos Humanos en Latinoamérica: La Furia de La Lengua. Universidad Nacional de Córdoba. BA, Argentina.
  • De Luna, M.E. (2021). Spanish as a foreign language in Hong Kong universities: understanding how and why a linguistic variety prevails in teaching the language, Guest Lecturer, UWO.      
  • De Luna, M.E. (2019). La enseñanza de español en Asia Oriental: un caso de imperialismo lingüístico, Guest Lecture Series, University of Toronto.
  • Enseñar en el mundo virtual [Teaching in the virtual world], 2020, Guest Lecturer, AATSP – ON Webinar Series.
  • Teaching Spanish in East Asia, 2020, Guest Lecturer, University of Western Ontario.


  • De Luna, M.E. (2022). Linguistic Landscapes: Imagined Borders and Territories Made 
    By/For Latin Americans in Canada. In Robins, A. & Suscuen, M.C. (Eds.), Latin America Made in Canada. Lugar Común Editorial.
  • De Luna, M.E. (2015).  Cuéntame un cuento: una propuesta de escritura colaborativa 
    digital con significado social.  [Tell me a story: a collaborative digital writing task with social meaning.]  Actas del XXVI Congreso Internacional ASELE, Granada, Spain.
  • De Luna, M.E. (2014). Ideas prácticas para integrar el uso de herramientas digitales 
    para promover el aprendizaje activo y participativo en la clase de ELE. [Practical ideas for integrating digital tools to promote participative and active learning in SFL class.]  Actas del XXV Congreso Internacional ASELE.

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