Stacey Margarita Johnson

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Stacey is the Assistant Director for Educational Technology at the Center for Teaching. She also holds an appointment as a Senior Lecturer of Spanish in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, is Affiliated Faculty in the Center for Second Language Studies, and Adjunct Faculty in Peabody College’s Masters program in English Language Learners.


In the fall, Stacey will teach SLS 6030 – Foreign Language Learning and Teaching. This methods-oriented course will explore principles and practices of teaching a second language with concentration on recent interactive and communicative models of foreign language instruction. This coming academic year, Stacey will also teach EDUC 6580 – EFL Methods, a course that will explore the methods and classroom practices that best support foreign language learning in international contexts. Stacey has also taught SLS 7040Second Language Acquisition: Current Theories and Research, a graduate seminar that explores second language development from the perspectives of cognitive and sociocultural theories. Stacey’s research interests include classroom practices, hybrid/blended instruction, and adult language learning including transformative learning and the development of intercultural competence.

Her first book, Hybrid Language Teaching in Practice: Perceptions, Reactions, and Results, co-authored with Berta Carrasco, was published in March 2015, and her second book, Adult Learning in the Language Classroom, came out later that same year. Currently she is working on two projects: a study of adjunct language faculty’s professional development and her third book, co-authored with Claire Knowles with expected publication in 2018, about the potential of a problem-based model for language and culture instruction.

Stacey’s hybrid teaching experience and expertise in educational technology are central to her role supporting Vanderbilt instructors as they explore how Brightspace and other online learning platforms can be more effectively used to enhance student learning. She also works with language faculty in support of language teaching on campus.

Recent Publications


Johnson, S.M. (2015). Adult learning in the language classroom. Bristol, United Kingdom: Multilingual Matters.

Carrasco, B., & Johnson, S.M. (2015). Hybrid language teaching in practice: Perceptions, reactions, and results. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.


Randolph, L.J., & Johnson, S.M. (2017). Social justice in the language classroom: A call to action. Dimension.

Johnson, S.M., & Randolph, L.J. (2015, Aug/Sep). Critical pedagogy for intercultural language learning: Getting started. The Language Educator. ACTFL.

Johnson, S.M., Maiullo, S., Trembley, E., Werner, C.L., & Woolsey, D. (2014).The selfie as a pedagogical tool in a college classroom. College Teaching, 62(4), 119-120.

Johnson, S.M. (2013). What did they learn? Adults make sense of a first semester Spanish course. The TFLTA Journal, 4, 3-19. Retrieved from


Recent Conference Presentations

2016                Workshop session. “Engage the Real World: A Problem-Based Model for Teaching Culture” American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Boston, MA. November 2016.

2016                Presentations. “Organizing Language Instruction with the Experiential Learning Model” and “Intercultural Communicative Competence: Tools and Methods” (the latter co-presented with Lee Forester). 98th Annual AATSP (American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese). Miami, FL. July 2016.

2015                Workshop session. “Transformative Language Learning: From Theory to Practice” American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). San Diego, CA. November 2015.

2015                Presentations. “Getting the Most out of your Online Discussion Boards” and “Demonstrating Intercultural Language Learning”. 97th Annual AATSP (American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese). Denver, CO. July 2015.

2014                Workshop. “Hybrid Language Teaching” 2014 Conference of MWALLT (Midwest Association for Language Learning and Technology). Bloomington, IL. November 2014. 2014                Presentation. “Problem-Based Culture Instruction: Engaging Real-World Issues in the Language Classroom“.

2014 Conference MIWLA (Michigan World Language Association). Lansing, MI. October, 2014. 2014                Presentations. “Smartphone Pedagogy: Putting Gadgets to Work in the Classroom” and “Teaching Culture for Transformation”. 96th Annual AATSP (American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese). Panama City, Panama. July 2014.

2013                Presentation. “Recording and Reflecting: Smartphones and Pedagogy in a Beginning Language Classroom.” Midwest Faculty Seminar – Preparing Future Faculty. Chicago, IL. December 2013.

2013    Workshop Session. “Integrating Culture into a Web-enhanced Language Class.” American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Orlando, FL. November 2013.