Jonathan Downey

Jonathan Downey headshot
Dept. of Education


Currently a Lecturer at Tufts University


Jonathan was a doctoral student in the Learning, Culture and Technology program. Prior to arriving at UCSB, he studied Spanish literature at Tufts University in Boston (B.A.) and language acquisition at the University of the Basque Country in Northern Spain (M.A.) He has worked as an ESL instructor in Europe and the Middle East, and as a high school Spanish teacher in Colorado. At UCSB he created course materials for an online UC Basque Language and Culture course, and was employed as a teaching assistant in the UCSB English Department. Jonathan’s research is oriented towards developing tools and resources for autonomous ESL learners. His specific research interests include pronunciation training with smart phone apps, online language learning platforms, L2 fluency perception, and augmented reality for multimodal input. He is currently a Lecturer at Tufts University.