Silvia Aguinaga Echeverría is from Galicia, Spain and before coming to the United States, taught Spanish as a second language in England and Malta. She holds a M.A. in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language from Alcala 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. Additionally, she has developed and taught task-based courses (Spanish for travelers, and Spanish for the Professions), and online and face to face courses at all levels including beginning and intermediate Spanish, advanced grammar and writing, History of the Spanish Language, Communication Skills through Spanish Cinema, and Language and Power.