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Julia Stewart

Biographical Information

Julia Stewart


  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1996, Ph.D. in Spanish, School of Arts and Sciences, secondary concentration in: Second Language Acquisition, Graduate School of Education, Dissertation: “How Can Multimedia Be Designed to Assist Reading Comprehension in the Foreign Language?”
  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1993, Masters of Arts in Spanish
  • University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 1985, Masters of Arts in Romance Languages
  • Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK, 1976, Bachelors of Arts in French, magna cum laude
  • La Sorbonne, Paris, France, (Junior year abroad: 1974-75) Mention: Bien

Awards & Honors

  • Fulbright Award, Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, 2014
  • University Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania, 1994-95
  • Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania, Summer 1994
  • Teaching Assistantship-Spanish University of Pennsylvania, 1991-1994
  • Teaching Assistantship-French, University of Arizona, 1979-1981
  • Mention - Cours de Langue & Civilization, La Sorbonne, 1975


  • John Templeton Foundation, "fMRI Evidence for the Linguistic Nature of Glossolalia", approved May 2007, budget $193,000
  • Instructional Computing Development Fund, Con/textos project, University of Pennsylvania, 1998-1999
  • Linguistic Data Consortium, funding for language learning materials, University of Pennsylvania, 1997
  • The Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning (online listening comprehension materials), Yale University, 1996


  • American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP)
  • A.P. Reader
  • Centro Cultural Mexicano, Mexican Consulate, Philadelphia, PA Human Brainmapping Association
  • Modern Language Association (MLA)
  • North American Foreign Language Association (NACFLA) Penn-TESOL.
  • Society for Neuroscience. TESOL


Journal Articles


  • “Language Learning For Such a Time as This: The Importance of Arabic and Farsi for the Next Generation of Christian College Students. North American Christian Foreign Language Association (NACFLA), Westmont College, March 2012.
  • “A Neuroscientific Look at Glossolalia. Faculty Forum. Eastern University, January 2011.
  • “This is your brain on tongues: A Neuroscientific Look at Glossolalia. Urshan Graduate School of Theology. St. Louis, MS October 2010
  • “fMRI Activations in Glossolalia” – Human Brainmapping Conference, Barcelona, Spain, June 2010. (poster presentation)
  • “The Linguistic Nature of Glossolalia” – Empowered 21 Conference, Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK. April 2010.
  • “Assessing Oral Proficiency Inside and Outside the FL Classroom” - Montgomery County Association of Foreign Language Teachers, Fort Washington, Pa, Feb. 2010.
  • “fMRI Activations in Glossolalia” - Vanguard University, Costa Mesa, CA, Jan. 2010.
  • “fMRI Activations in Glossolalia” - Society for Neuroscience, Chicago, IL, October 2009 (poster presentation) “Using E-journals to Assess Students’ Language Awareness and Social Interaction During Study Abroad.” ACTFL Convention, Orlando, FL., November 2008.
  • “A Window on the Brain: The Use of fMRI for Linguistic Research.” Universidad de las Américas, Puebla, Mexico, October 2007.
  • “G.K. Chesterton and Jorge Luis Borges: Theologians of the Detective Story.” Eastern University Faculty Workshop – January 2007.
  • “The Impact of American Evangelicalism on Latin America.” China Scholar Dialogue Conference. Lafayette Hills, Pa., June 2006.
  • “Using the Literary Text to Engage Language Learners in a Multilingual Community.” PennTESOL-East. Pennsylvania State University-Abington campus. March 25, 2006.
  • “Performance Objectives for Foreign Language Curriculum Design”, Episcopal Academy, Merion, Pa., May 2004.
  • “North Philly Meets the Main Line: When I Was Puerto Rican.” American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Philadelphia, Pa. November 22, 2003.
  • “North Philly Meets the Main Line: When I Was Puerto Rican.” Community Partners. American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese Regional Conference. West Chester, Pa. October 12, 2002.
  • “Using Technology to Contextualize Foreign Language Reading”, North American Christian Foreign Language Association, Messiah College, April 2002.
  • “Foreign Language Reading Pedagogy and Multimedia”, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Washington, D.C., November 2001.
  • “Using Multimedia to Integrate the National Foreign Language Standards, The Governor’s Institute on the Arts and Humanities, Eastern University, August 2001.
  • “Interpreting the ‘New World’ in the Light of Scripture”: Fray Toribio de Benavente”. North American Christian Foreign Language Association, Wheaton College, April, 2001.
  • “Con/textos: Literatura hispanoamericana en multimedia” CALICO, Miami University of Ohio, June, 1999.
  • “Designing Learner Interfaces for Web Resources”, Penn Language Center, University of Pennsylvania, February, 1999. “Same Texts/New Delivery”, Modern Language Association, San Francisco, CA. December 1998.
  • “Teaching the Non-Traditional Learner”, ACTFL, Chicago, IL, November 1998.
  • “Con/textos: Incorporating Multimedia Technology in the Curriculum at Penn.”, The Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, October 1998.
  • “Can Computer Technology Facilitate Language Learning?. Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa. February 1998. “Developing Listening Skills with Authentic Conversations Online.” Linguistic Data Consortium, Philadelphia, Pa. October 1997.
  • “Integrating Web Resources into the Language Program” Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, New York City, N.Y. April, 1997.
  • “Con/Textos: A Multimedia Design for Foreign Language Reading”. Penn Language Center, Philadelphia, PA. Dec. 1996.
  • “How Can Multimedia Design Assist Comprehension of the Literary Text in the Foreign Language?” Modern Language Association, Chicago, Ill. December 1995.
  • “Humor in Crisis: Guadalupe Loaeza’s Caricature of the Mexican Bourgeoisie”. First International Conference on Hispanic Humor. Phila., Pa. September 1995.
  • “Este valle de lágrimas: La ficción y fotografía de Juan Rulfo. La Salle University, Phila., Pa. February, 1995.
  • “This Vale of Tears: The Fiction and Photography of Juan Rulfo”. (in conjunction with the Rulfo Inframundo exhibit) Consulate of Mexico, Phila., Pa. March 1995.
  • “Reading Strategies for Beginning Language Students, MEXTESOL Regional Chapter, Puebla, Mexico, November 1986.
  • “Cross-Cultural Strategies in Language Teaching”, MEXTESOL National Convention, Puebla, Mexico. October 1985.
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