Will Travers

Visiting Lecturer, Spanish

Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Office: Callaway S501A

Email: willtravers@emory.edu


Will Travers is a Massachusetts native, who earned his bachelor’s at the University of Michigan following a year abroad in Paris, studying French at Sciences Po.  After adding Spanish to his repertoire, he went on to receive a master’s degree in Spanish Linguistics from Georgetown University, where he is currently completing his dissertation.  Funded in part by a grant from the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages, his doctoral research centers around instructed third language (L3) acquisition and its facilitating factors, with a special focus on metalinguistic awareness.
Prior to joining the faculty at Emory, Will spent a year as a Fulbright scholar in the Department of Linguistics and Multilingualism at TU Darmstadt.  There he focused on the teaching of German as a second foreign language while working under the supervision of Dr. Britta Hufeisen.  During his time at Georgetown, he remained committed to promoting the many L3 classes offered, such as French for Spanish Speakers, which he created in 2016 and subsequently taught for two years.  Will has published in the journal Hispania, and has presented his research most notably at the Second Language Research Forum (2018), the International Symposium on Bilingualism (2017), and the ACTFL Annual Convention and World Languages Expo (2015 and 2016).