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Dr. Manuela Gonzalez-Bueno, Ph.D.

School of Education and Human Sciences - Curriculum & Teaching
Associate Professor
Foreign Language Education Program Coordinator
Primary office:
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, 342
University of Kansas
1122 West Campus Rd
Lawrence, KS 66045-3101


I obtained a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Spanish at The Pennsylvania State University in May 1994. My major field was Spanish Applied Linguistics/Second Language Acquisition. I had previously obtained an undergraduate degree (Licenciatura) in Hispanic Philology (concentration in Linguistics) from the Universidad de Sevilla, Seville, Spain, in June 1980. I currently impart courses at the University of Kansas on teaching foreign languages methodology. My research focuses, naturally, in foreign language teaching methodologies, in general, and in teaching grammar and pronunciation, in particular, while at the same time incorporating the element of technology as a way to enhance both learning and teaching. I have presented at both national (ACTFL, AATSP, TESOL) and international (Costa Rica, Japan, Spain, Greece) professional forums, and also published in national (Foreign Language Annals, Hispania, Applied Language Learning, Language Learning and Technology) and international (International Review of Applied Linguistics, Journal of Language Teaching and Research) professional journals.

Dr. Gonzales-Bueno specializes in foreign language education.


Articulation Evolution: https://educweb.ku.edu/gonzalez/articulatory-evolution/

S-PACE Lessons: https://educweb.ku.edu/gonzalez/s-pace/


The failure of a teaching method might not reside in the method itself, but in its implementation.

We cannot teach a language, we can only create the conditions under which it will be learned (Wilhelm von Humboldt, 1767–1835)

Teaching Interests

  • Foreign Language Education
  • Foreign Language Teaching Methodology
  • Teaching of Foreign Language Pronunciation
  • Spanish Phonetics and Phonology.


My research is applied by nature, that is, I seek to discover ways in which second language acquisition theories and foreign language pedagogical methods can best be applied to the efficient learning of a foreign language, thus contributing to the ultimate goal of creating a multilingual society. To that end, I realize that the best tool is the preparation of pre-service teachers to implement those ways. That is my role in the larger frame of the School of Education.

Research Interests

  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Foreign Language Teaching Methodology
  • Teaching of Foreign Language Pronunciation
  • Spanish Phonetics and Phonology.

Selected Publications

Gonzalez-Bueno, M. (2019). Issues Related to the Teaching of Spanish Voiced Stops /b, d, g/ and Their Lenited Allophones. [Book Chapters]. In R.- Rao (Ed.), “Key Issues in the Teaching of Spanish Pronunciation: From Description to Pedagogy” Part 1: Issues related to the teaching of specific sound classes and supra-segmental levels. (Issue 1st, pp. 60–83). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315666839
Gonzalez-Bueno, M., & Perez-Sotelo, L. (2017). Assuring foreign language teachers’ proficiency: Validation of Advanced-Low Self-Evaluation Rubric (SARAL) [Journal Articles]. Northeast Conference on the Foreign Language Teaching (NECTFL)  Review, 79(79), 31–47. http://www.nectfl.org/nectfl-review/.
Gonzalez-Bueno, M. (2013). The Teaching of the Linguistic Form: Using PI and PACE Model to Teach Foreign Language Grammar and Pronunciation [Conference Proceedings]. In Actualizaciones en Comunicación Social (Vol. 2, pp. 516–521). Centro de Linguística Aplicada - Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología y Medio Ambiente.
Gonzalez-Bueno, M., & Massengill-Shaw, D. (2011). The Influence of Phonemic Awareness on ELL Spelling: Preventing L1 Phonetic Transfer [Journal Articles]. Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2(6), 1193–1203.
Gonzalez-Bueno, M., & Quintana-Lara, M. (2011). The Teaching of L2 Pronunciation through Processing Instruction [Journal Articles]. Applied Language Learning, 21(1 & 2), 53–78.
Gonzalez-Bueno, M. (2003). Bilingualism from Birth [Book Chapters]. In T. Tokuhama-Espinosa (Ed.), The Multilingual Mind. Praeger Publishers.

Selected Presentations

Gonzalez-Bueno, M. (6/26/2018). Goya's Caprices: Connection of ELE with Arts and History. 100th Annual Conference of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. Salamanca, Spain. http://www.aatsp.org/?page=2018Conference
Gonzalez-Bueno, M. (11/7/2015). "Los Caprichos de Goya y Chagoya" (Goya's and Chagoya's Caprices). 2015 Kansas World Language Association Conference. Wichita, KS

Selected Grants

Summer Writing Support. $3183.04. Submitted 2/4/2016 (7/3/2016 - 7/17/2016). University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded

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