Patricia Bayona

Assistant Professor of Spanish

Modern & Classical Languages


+1 630 637 5298

Patricia Bayona is an Assistant Professor of Spanish, with research interests in Applied Linguistics, Foreign Language Teaching, and TESOL.

Originally from Colombia, Professor Bayona has a PhD and Masters degrees in Spanish Linguistics and the Acquisition of Spanish as a Third Language respectively, from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. As an alumnus of La Universidad de Los Andes, in Colombia, her 30+ years of teaching experience covers English, Spanish, and French settings in Canada, the United States, and Colombia.

Professor Bayona's research portfolio includes scholarly research in the acquisition of Spanish by adults in the U.S. and in Canada, as well as academic research in the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Sociolinguistics of Spanish, and Spanish Linguistics. At North Central she coordinates the Elementary Spanish courses, teaches most of the TESOL Minor, and courses in Spanish, Linguistics, and teacher education.

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Selected Scholarship

Bayona, P. (2018, March). "Saber español sí sirve." Academic Validation of Spanish as a Heritage Language. 5th National Symposium of Spanish as a Heritage Language. Univeristy of Iowa. Iowa City.

Bayona, P. (2017, February). Rediscovering Teacher Training with EdTPA. Tenth International Conference on Language Teacher Education. University of California, Los Angeles.: National Heritage Language Resource Center. 

Bayona, P., Gettys, S., & Rodriguez, R. (2016, September). Usage-Based Model and its Successful Implementation in L2 Instruction: One program experience. Second Language Research Forum (SLRF). Teacher's College. New York, USA: Second Language Research Forum. 

Bayona, P. (2014, November). Plenary Presentation: Teaching for Oral Proficiency and Fluency: Usage-Based Instruction (UBI). 2014 Annual Convention of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). San Antonio, TX: American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

Implementing Usage-Based Instruction of Spanish. In cooperation with Dr. Serafima Gettys, Director of the Foreign Language Program, Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois. Plenary session at ACTFL Annual Convention and World Languages Expo, Nov. 2014

Bayona, P. (2009). The Acquisition of Spanish Middle and Impersonal Passive Constructions from L2 and L3 Perspectives. In: Third Language Acquisition and Universal Grammar. Second Language Acquisition Series. David Singleton Ed. Multilingual Matters: 1-29. ISBN: 978-1-84769-131-6

Bayona, P. (2009) Crosslinguistic Influences in the Acquisition of Spanish L3. Doctoral Dissertation. The University of Western Ontario. Canada. 229 pages. ISBN: 978-0- 49454-268-2

Bayona, P. (2007). Sociolinguistic Competences in the Use of Colombian Pronouns of Address. Conference Proceedings of the 2006 Annual Conference of the Canadian Linguistic Association, held at the Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, May 2006. Milica Radisic and Claire Gurski ED. University of York, Toronto, Ontario.

Courses Taught


Hispanic Linguistics (SPN 390)

Foreign Languages Theories and Methods (MCL380; MCL 382; EDN342; EDN383)

Language and Linguistics (ENG 370; SPN 390; MCL 390)

Multilingüismo y Español. (MCL 391)

Elementary Spanish (SPN 101; SPN 102; SPN 103; SPN 210)

Spanish Composition and Conversation (SPN 250)