Dr. Comfort Pratt
Dr. Comfort Pratt is an Associate Professor in the program areas of Bilingual Education and Diversity Studies and Secondary Education. She was born in Ghana, West Africa, and has studied and taught in Africa, Europe and the United States. She holds a B.A. Honors in French and Spanish from the University of Ghana, a Postgraduate Diploma in Translation from Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain, a Masters in Spanish from Texas A&M University, and a Ph.D. in Romance Linguistics from Louisiana State University. She joined the faculty of Texas Tech in 2004, and has since won the President’s Excellence in Teaching Award and a Teaching Academy Award.
Dr. Pratt’s teaching and research interests include foreign language teaching, language acquisition, sociolinguistics, and dialectology. She has authored two books and participated in many conferences both internationally and locally. Her current research is on motivation in the high school foreign language classroom and effective foreign language teaching methods. Dr. Pratt’s professional interests include teacher certification and professional development, and she has presented many workshops in those areas. She was a Chief Reader for the Texas Oral Proficiency Test (TOPT) and is currently serving on various teacher certification committees. She is a member of the Test Development Committee for Languages Other Than English (LOTE), the English Language Proficiency Standards Committee for the State Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) exam, the Educational Testing Service ESL Item Review Committee, and the Leadership Committee of the Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test (BTLPT). She is the secretary of the Llano Estacado Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) and the advisor of Chapter Alpha Phi of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society. Dr. Pratt has won many national awards for her work with Sigma Delta Pi.
Pratt, C., Lluna, F., & Dan, Y. (2011). Improving Spanish language learners' understanding of the preterite/imperfect dichotomy: A research study. Southern Journal of Linguistics, 35(1), 1-29.
Pratt, C. (2010). Maintaining the momentum of students of Spanish from high school to college. Hispania, 93(4), 671-685.
Pratt, C., Agnello M., & Santos, S. (2009). Factors that motivate high-school students’ decisions to study Spanish. Hispania, 92(4), 800-813.
Pratt, C. (2008). Dialect death: The case of Adaeseño Spanish in Northwest Louisiana. In A. Balestra, G. Martinez, & I. Moyna (Eds.), Recovering the U.S. Hispanic linguistic heritage (pp. 191-214). Houston: Arte Público.
Pratt, C. (2007). In-class Communicative Projects. Upper Saddle River: Pearson/Prentice Hall.
Pratt, C. (2004). El español del noroeste de Luisiana: Pervivencia de un dialecto amenazado. Madrid: Editorial Verbum.
Pratt, C. (2002). El español del noroeste de Luisiana: Origen y pervivencia. Interlingüística 13 (III), 283-303.