Silvia Aguinaga Echeverría is from Galicia, Spain and before coming to the United States lived in England and Malta where she taught Spanish as a second language. She holds a M.A. in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language from Alcalá de Henares University, Madrid (2010) and another M.A in Spanish Language and Literature from Auburn University, AL, (2012). She received her Ph.D. in Spanish Applied Linguistics from the University of California, Davis (2018), where she also obtained a minor in Portuguese Language and Literature.
Her research focuses on Second Language Development, more specifically in vocabulary processing and acquisition. Using corpus analysis, she researches the acquisition of formulaic language, to uncover the principle difference between student’s proficiency and why some L2 learners reach an advanced level of linguistic knowledge and use, while others fall short of that level even when optimal conditions for learning are provided.