Roberta Z. Lavine received her PhD from the Catholic University of America in 1983. She is currently Director of Undergraduate Program and Associate Professor of Spanish in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. She has 25 years of teaching experience and has taught all levels of Spanish language, Business Spanish, Cross-cultural Communication, and methodology, among other courses. Her current research interests deal with learner variables in language learning, especially learning disabilities, Language for Specific Purposes, and technology. She has extensive experience in technology and the use of computers for instructional purposes, and currently teaches Business language and cross-cultural communication in a technology-enhanced environment. She has won the University of Maryland Award for Innovation in Teaching with Technology as well as a Fellowship from the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities. She has published in all of the above mentioned areas and has lectured and given workshops all over the world.