Ph.D., University of Valladolid (Spain)
Dr. Llorente teaches undergraduate courses in Spanish, including lower level as well as conversational courses. He earned his Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Valladolid in Valladolid, Spain. He has a history of 11 years of professional experience in teaching as a high school educator, which involved teaching both Spanish as well as English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.
As a high school teacher, he enjoyed mentoring college students as well as providing educational guidance and training through the student-teacher program at Georgia State University. He was responsible for developing the academic curriculum for all Spanish courses taught at a high school in rural Georgia. He also has experience in translation and interpretation, which has involved providing translation services for the Hispanic community through the Gwinnett County Board of Education. He is the author of his recently completed dissertation, Implications of the “Natural Order of Acquisition” Theory in a Classroom setting: Spanish Speakers Learning English as a Second Language in a Host Environment.
Dr. Llorente is also a member of the Modern Languages Association, and he currently serves on the Board of Directors for Casa de España, a social organization in Georgia. Dr. Llorente’s current research interests include second language development and heritage students.