Allison Larkin

Senior Lecturer of Spanish
Director of Second Language Assessment

World Languages and Literatures, Spanish


Office: Clements 339
Phone: 214-768-1321

Educational Background

M.A., The Catholic University of America


Allison Larkin began teaching at SMU in 2014 and is a Lecturer of Spanish, the Director of Second Language Assessment, and the Assistant Director of SMU-in-Madrid (2018-present). As the Director of Assessment, she also serves as the Chair of the World Languages and Literatures Pedagogy Committee. Prof. Larkin is the designer and coordinator of the the First-Year Spanish online curriculum, and served as the departmental coordinator of First-Year Spanish from 2015-2020. She received the Rotunda Outstanding Professor Award in 2018. She loves teaching Spanish language and culture at all levels.


Areas of Interest

  • Technology in Language Education
  • Second Language Acquisition and Pedagogy
  • Language Assessment
  • Curricular Development



  • “Addressing Challenges in Multi-section Online Courses” ACTFL 2019 Convention, Nov. 22-24, 2019. Washington, D.C.                    
  • “Building a Post-Secondary World Languages Online Curriculum: A Case Study.” ACTFL 2018 Convention, November 16-18, 2018. New Orleans, Louisiana.


Courses Taught

SPAN 1401: Beginning Spanish I

SPAN 1402: Beginning Spanish II

SPAN 1401 Online: Beginning Spanish I

SPAN 1402 Online: Beginning Spanish II

SPAN 1502: Beginning Spanish with Intensive Review

SPAN 2302: Intermediate Spanish II

SPAN 3355: Spanish Conversation

SPAN 3358: Advanced Spanish (Main Campus and in Madrid)