Bio

Will Travers is a Massachusetts native, with a BA from the University of Michigan, currently finishing his PhD in Spanish Linguistics at Georgetown University. His research centers around third-language (L3) acquisition and its facilitating factors, with a special focus on metalinguistic awareness and pedagogical interventions. At Georgetown he has worked to promote the many L3 classes offered, such as French for Spanish Speakers, which he developed in 2016 and subsequently taught for four semesters. He has published several times in the journal Hispania, and presented his research most notably at the Second Language Research Forum (Montreal, 2018), the International Symposium on Bilingualism (Limerick, 2017), and ACTFL Annual Convention and World Languages Expo (Boston, 2016; San Diego, 2015). His awards include a 2019-2020 Fulbright fellowship to conduct research at Technische Universität Darmstadt, a 2019 Graduate Students Research Support Award from the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL) in conjunction with the National Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations (NFMLTA), a 2017 ACTFL grant to study Italian in Rome, and a 2015 Critical Language Scholarship to study Urdu in Lucknow. When not learning his next language or poring through books on linguistics, he can be found either making music or working on Lokashakti, a nonprofit organization he founded in 2009 to promote nonviolence.

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