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Associate Teaching Professor of Spanish and Portuguese; Coordinator of the Portuguese Program

Boris Yelin came to Northeastern University from Purdue University where he completed his MA and PhD in Spanish linguistics. He has taught all levels of Spanish, Latin American culture, beginning Portuguese and French, and various levels of English as a second language. He is also grateful to have had the opportunity to learn a variety of languages that help him with the growing international body of students.

His research on multilingualism and psycholinguistics helps him explore how the mind works when several languages are involved, as well as how to help students use their multiple languages or even their native languages to forge strong connections and unpack languages to promote more efficient learning. Boris is a big proponent of the communicative method and learning in context, but he also utilizes a variety of methods in order to account for individual differences in learners.

Before his graduate work, Boris received his BA in Spanish and political science with a minor in Latin American studies from the University of Louisville. During his undergraduate career he was able to participate in many international opportunities in Panama, Brazil, Spain, France, China, and the Philippines, which have given him a truly global perspective.




  • Linguistic Association of the Southwest (LASSO) 2017 – Present
  • American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL) 2015 – Present
  • American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) 2015 – Present







Related Schools & Departments

  • Education

    PhD, Spanish Linguistics, Purdue University

  • Contact

  • Address

    441 Meserve Hall
    360 Huntington Avenue
    Boston, MA 02115

  • Office Hours

    (via Zoom or in-person) Tuesday 10:30-11:30 am & Thursday 12:00-1:00 pm.
    By appointment.