Encarnacion Bermejo, PhD

College of Arts and Humanities
English, Communication, Great Texts, and Modern Languages
Professor of Spanish


  • PhD in Spanish, University of Houston
  • MA in Spanish, University of Houston
  • BS in Management, National Louis University

Courses Taught

  • All levels of Beginners and Intermediate Spanish
  • Spanish composition
  • Spanish for the Professions
  • Spanish Sociolinguistics
  • Spanish in the US
  • Introduction to Spanish/English Translation
  • Public Speaking for Heritage Learners
  • All levels of Spanish for Heritage Learners
  • Public Speaking for Heritage Learners
  • Composition for Heritage Learners
  • Spanish in the Business Environment
  • Spanish for Health Alliance
  • Survey of Linguistics
  • Spanish Introduction to linguistics
  • Bilingual Education:
    • Hispanic Cultural Perspectives
    • Spanish Writing Workshop
    • Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language
    • Introduction to Linguistics
    • Methods of Second Language Acquisition
    • Teaching Math, Science and Social Studies in the Bilingual Classroom
    • Develop Literacy in the Bilingual Classroom

Teaching Focus

Dr. Bermejo’s teaching focus is on helping students acquire proficiency in Spanish and an understanding of the Spanish Culture. Her areas of interest include Spanish Linguistics. Spanish Second Language Acquisition and Spanish Heritage Language Acquisition. Language for Specific Purposes. She leads annual language and cultural study abroad trips to Spain

Additional Information

Her publications include a number of articles in academic journals. Dr. Bermejo’s recent book, Spanish Heritage Learner´s Emerging Literacy: Empirical Research and Classroom Practice (Routledge, 2020) co-authored, “Developing and Electronic Placement Examination for Heritage Learners of Spanish: Challenges and Payoffs” (Hispania, 2010), co-authored, Perceptions of Writing Anxiety and Self-efficacy in Spanish Heritage Language Learners. Hispania. (2016), Hernández Socas, Elia, Carsten Sinner y Gerd Wotjak. Estudios de tiempo y espacio en la gramática española, University of Glasgow, Scotland.  Bulletin of Spanish Studies. V.98, Perceptions of Writing Anxiety and Self-efficacy in Spanish Heritage Language Learners. Hispania. (2015), The Power of Belief: Spanish Teachers’ Sense of Efficacy and Student Performance on the National Spanish Exams. Hispania. (2013), A Modular Approach for Courses of Spanish for Heritage Language Learners. Hispania (2011), Heritage Language Learners, Allocation of Time to Writing Processes in English and Spanish. Hispania (2010)                

In addition, Dr. Bermejo has collaborated as a consultant in the edition of several textbooks in Spanish (Cengage).

Dr. Bermejo, has served on dozens of committees. She has served as the Faculty Assembly President and the Faculty Sponsor for HCU Sigma Lambda Gamma, a national sorority society. Dr. Bermejo also assists with TRIO, GEN 1 and LSSI. She is the founder Spain Study Abroad Program and serves as the program coordinator. She is also the designer and Coordinator of Spanish Placement for Spanish as a Second Language and Co-designer and Coordinator of Spanish as a Heritage Language Exam. She currently serves as the coordinator for the Heritage Speaker Exam.

Her HCU awards include 2019-2020 Piper nominee, 2011 Teaching Excellence Award nomination. She served as Faculty Assembly President in 2021-2022. In the community, 2003 Excellence Award Teaching Fellow, University of Houston, 2014 Sister Cities of Houston Community Award, 2014, President Award from House of Spain.