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Joshua BonzoJoshua Bonzo

Clinical Associate Professor of German and American Studies and Culture

Head of Section, German


Clinical Assistant Professor of German. His research interests focus primarily on foreign language writing, and how output is influenced both autonomously as well as by instructional convention. His studies include extensive backgrounds in second language acquisition and foreign language pedagogy. He is also deeply interested in comparative and historical Germanic linguistics. Dr. Bonzo is currently working on the development of an index he created for more accurately measuring writing complexity among intermediate German students.

Hometown: Cedar City, Utah



PhD, Foreign Language Pedagogy/Applied Linguistics, The University of Texas at Austin

MA, Second Language Acquisition, Brigham Young University

BA, German, Southern Utah University


Area of Research/Specialties:

Applied Linguistics & Language Writing



“Theory and Practice in FL Writing Instruction” Hubert, M.D., & Bonzo J.D. Journal of Second Language Teaching and Research, February, 2019

“Does second language writing research impact U.S. university foreign language instruction?” Hubert, M.D., & Bonzo J.D. System, 2010

“To Assign or Not: Observing Fluency and Complexity in Intermediate Foreign Language Writing” Foreign Language Annals, 2008

“Case Studies of Language Learners as a Tool for Helping Teachers Understand the Experience of Language Learning.”  Horwitz, E. K., Hsieh, P-H., Bonzo, J. D., Huang, D., Na, Y-H., & Rubrecht, B.G. Hong Kong Journal of Applied Linguistics, 2004

“Translation as an L2-Production Tool?  Mapping Language Learners’ Susceptibility and Resistance to Transfer Using an L1-Driven Task.”  Texas Papers in Foreign Language. 2003


Favorite Quote:

Be not simply good—be good for something.” –Henry David Thoreau



“Germany, anywhere—my home away from home—and Israel.”

Joshua Bonzo

Office: Thompson 124F
Phone: 509-335-6649

Courses Taught:

American Studies Courses:
Language and Societies
Applied Linguistics in Contemporary American Culture

German Courses:
Socio-Cultural History of the German Language
History of the German Language
German for the Professions
Introduction to German Literature
German Culture
German Film
Advanced / Intermediate Grammar and Writing
Advanced / Intermediate German Speaking and Listening
Intermediate German
Introductory German