Lourdes Ortegais a Professor of Second Language Acquisition at Georgetown University. A widely published scholar and frequent plenary speaker at international conferences, she is best known for her award-winning meta-analysis of L2 instruction in 2000, her best-seller textbook Understanding Second Language Acquisition (2009, translated into Mandarin in 2016), and for championing a bilingual turn in second language acquisition.
Lourdes has published widely in journals such as Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Journal of Second Language Writing, Language Learning, Language Learning & Technology, Modern Language Journal, Studies in Second Language Acquisition, CALICO Journal, and System. Recent co-edited volumes include Technology-Mediated TBLT: Researching Technology and Tasks (with Marta González-Lloret), The Usage-Based Study of Language Learning and Multilingualism and Usage-inspired L2 Instruction (both with Ande Tyler and colleagues), Complexity Theory and Language Development: In celebration of Diane Larsen-Freeman (with ZhaoHong Han), and The Handbook of Bilingualism (with Annick de Houwer).
Born, raised, and college-educated in southern Spain, she obtained her doctorate in the United States, where she has lived and worked since 1993. Her bilingual life in English-Spanish is enriched by several other languages, and particularly Greek, which was once her strongest language.