David J. Shook

Interim Chair, Associate Professor of Spanish

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  • School of Modern Languages
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Dr. David J. Shook is Associate Professor of Spanish and currently serves as Interim Chair of the School of Modern Languages, effective August 2021. He recently served as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the Ivan Allen College and in his 30+ years at Georgia Tech he has also acted as Associate Chair, Interim Chair, and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the School of Modern Languages. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign, in Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education. He was named a Lilly Teaching Fellow in 1992 and "Professor of the Year" by the Georgia AATSP in 1996. His research interests lie in language program development, teaching methodology, grammar acquisition through reading, the use of literature for language acquisition and, more recently, the zombie trope in Hispanic literature and langauge acquisition. His research papers appear in national journals, and he presents papers at local and national conferences. He frequently fields offers to produce and review textbook materials,.

  • Ph.D. University of Illinoins (Urbana/Champaign) Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education 1990
  • M.A. University of Georgia Hispanic Linguistics
  • B.A. Luther College Spanish and Management
Areas of
  • Curriculum Development
  • Foreign Language Education
  • Foreign Language Reading
  • Zombies In Contemporary US And Hispanic Cultures


Research Fields:
  • Applied, Cognitive and Socio-Cultural Linguistics
  • Instructional Technologies for Foreign Language Acquisition
  • Pedagogy and Curriculum Development
  • Spanish
  • United States
  • Global Marketplace for Students
  • Grammar
  • Interdisciplinary Learning and Partnering
  • Language Acquisition
  • Language and Popular Culture
  • Perspectives on technology


  • FREN-3692: French LBAT II
  • SPAN-1001: Elementary Spanish I
  • SPAN-1002: Elementary Spanish II
  • SPAN-1101: Patterns of Spanish I
  • SPAN-1102: Patterns of Spanish II
  • SPAN-1813: Special Topics
  • SPAN-2001: Intermediate Spanish I
  • SPAN-2002: Intermediate Spanish II
  • SPAN-2813: Special Topics
  • SPAN-3040: Pract. App. Span Grammar
  • SPAN-3050: Intro-Read Hispanic Lit
  • SPAN-3064: Medical Spanish
  • SPAN-3101: Conversation I
  • SPAN-4695: Spanish Internship