Anastasia A. Amabisca

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English Faculty
Primary Department:
 Phone: 623.935.8489
 Location: EST N 270
Monday - Friday: 9:00 am-9:45 am
Office Hours Additional Information 
Also available by appointment.


Ph.D Education: Urban Schooling/Curriculum & Teaching Studies
University of California, Los Angeles
M. A. Education: Language, Literacy, and Culture
Stanford University
B. A. Secondary Education/English
Arizona State University

I am originally from the West Valley, my family having thrived in the Buckeye area for more than three generations.  While I have enjoyed working as an educational researcher, program developer/evaluator, and professional development provider, my real love is teaching.  I currently teach:

  • ENG 081: Preparatory Academic Writing II
  • ENG 091: Preparatory Academic Writing III
  • ENG 101: First-Year Composition
  • ENG 091/101: Expedited English Experience (EEE)

When I'm not teaching, you will likely find me hanging out with my dogs and cats, singing Mariachi and opera, belting showtunes, doing Booiaka (hip-hop cardio), or practicing tap dancing.

Academic Interests 
Developmental Education; Critical Pedagogy; Cultural/Media Studies; Chican@ Studies; English Language Learner (ELL) Policy/Practice
College Service 
2014-present, CTL Advisory Committee
2014-present, International Student Leadership Organization Faculty Advisor
2014, Co-chair for Fine and Performing Arts Week, April 21-25
2012-2014, Student Academic Achievement Committee
2012-present, Developmental Education Coordinating Committee
2012-present, Hispanic Heritage Month Planning Committee
District Service 
2013-present, Developmental English Task Force
2013, Participant Master Teacher Seminar
2011, Maricopa Summer Institute for Developmental Education
Arizona Advocates for Academic Excellence (Vice-President)
Publications & Intellectual Contributions 

Aguirre-Munoz, Z., & Amabisca, A. A. (2010). Defining Opportunity to Learn for English Language Learners: Linguistic and Cultural Dimensions of ELLs' Instructional Contexts. Journal Of Education For Students Placed At Risk, 15(3), 259-278.

Aguirre-Munoz, Z., Park, J., Amabisca, A., & Boscardin, C. (2008). Developing Teacher Capacity for Serving ELLs' Writing Instructional Needs: A Case for Systemic Functional Linguistics. Bilingual Research Journal, 31(1-2), 295-322.

Aguirre-Munoz, Z., Boscardin, C., Jones, B., Park, J., Chinen, M., Shin, H., & ... National Center for Research on Evaluation, S. A. (2006). Consequences and Validity of Performance Assessment for English Language Learners: Integrating Academic Language and ELL Instructional Needs into Opportunity to Learn Measures. CSE 678. National Center For Research On Evaluation, Standards, And Student Testing (CRESST),

Amabisca, A. A.  (1999).  Alone together: The social integration of immigrant students at the middle school level.  The Multilingual Educator, 2(2), 10-14, 29.

Amabisca, A. A. (1994).  [Review of Forked tongue: The politics of bilingual education.]. Hispanic journal of behavioral sciences, 16, 510-515.

Classes Current Teaching
Name Title Term Days Times/Dates
ENG081 View class details for Preparatory Academic Writing II (ENG081)Preparatory Academic Writing II FAL18 MWF 11:00am - 11:50am
AUG 20 - DEC 14
ENG091 View class details for Preparatory Academic Writing III (ENG091)Preparatory Academic Writing III FAL18 MWF 10:00am - 10:50am
AUG 20 - DEC 14
ENG101 View class details for First-Year Composition (ENG101)First-Year Composition FAL18 TR 8:30am - 9:45am
AUG 21 - DEC 14