Nina Spada is Professor in the Language and Literacies Education program at the University of Toronto. She joined the faculty of the University of Toronto in 2000 after 15 years at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
Spada is a leading international expert on the role of instruction in second language acquisition (SLA). Her large-scale research on the contributions of form-focused instruction in classroom SLA has received national and international funding for over 30 years and has had a significant impact on the conceptualization and design of research investigating the teaching and learning of second/foreign languages in classroom settings.
Included in Spada’s publications are over 100 articles in journals and collected editions and 5 books/edited volumes. Particularly noteworthy is the recognition Spada has received as a co-author of the book How Languages are Learned published by Oxford University Press and used as a standard text on second language learning internationally.