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Clarena Larrotta, Ph.D.

Clarena Larrotta


MA in Adult Education



Clarena Larrotta, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Adult, Professional, and Community Education Programs.  She received her B.A. in English Teaching from the University of Quindio-Armenia, her M.A. in English Education from The University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez, and her Ph.D. from the University of Texas-Austin. Dr. Larrotta draws upon qualitative research methodologies and the practice of engaged scholarship to connect the areas of teaching, research, and service in an organic manner. In collaboration with students and colleagues she aims to build bridges to connect the rich resources of the university to the most critical social, civic, and ethical problems by educating the adults, children and families in the local community. She aims to create, support, and document possibilities for change at the local and national levels.

Her work comprises a book on Narratives of adult ESL learners and teachers: Practical application (in press), an edited book on Bringing Community to the ESL Classroom, several book chapters, and several research articles published in journals such as Adult Learning, Radiologic Science & Education, Adult Basic Education and Literacy Journal, The Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, and Multicultural Education Magazine.


Phone: (512) 245-2531

Office: ASBS 316

Mailing Address:

601 University Drive

ASB South 326

San Marcos, TX 78666

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    • BDAE 5321 Adult Learning and Development
    • DAE 7325 Teaching Adults (Hybrid format)
    • DAE 5334 Family Literacy
    • DAE 5337/DAE 7337 Adult Literacy
    • DAE 5344/DAE 7344 Multicultural Perspectives in Post-Secondary & Ad-Ed
    • DAE 5338 Applied Linguistics for Adult ESL (English as Second Language)
    • DAE 5339 Adult ESL Assessment & Evaluation
    • DAE 7342 Adult ESL Methods and Materials (F2F and Hybrid format)
    • DAE 5378 Adult Second Language Acquisition
  • Adult learning, adults and families’ language and literacy practices as windows into adult English instruction, family literacy, health literacy, and diversity education issues.

  • Larrotta, C., & Adversario, J. Adult Chinese immigrants learning English. Adult Learning

    Larrotta, C. (2011). Second language vocabulary learning and teaching: Still a hot topic. Journal of Adult EducationInformation Series, 1(40), 1-1.

    Larrotta, C., & Serrano, A. F. (2011). Adult learners’ funds of knowledge: The case of an English class for parents. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 55(4), 321-331.

    Larrotta, C., & Yamamura, E. (2011). A community cultural wealth approach to Latina/o parent involvement: The promise of family literacy. Adult Basic Education and Literacy Journal, 5(2), 74-83.

    Guerra, P. L., & Larrotta, C. (2010). Nontraditional forms of parental involvement in literacy development: The book mobile and other stories. Georgia Journal of Reading, 33(2), 17-27.

    Gainer, J. S., & Larrotta, C. (2010). Reproducing and interrupting subtractive schooling in teacher education. Multicultural Education, 17(3), 41-47.

    Larrotta, C., & Gainer, J. S. (2010). Competing language ideologies in a Latino family literacy project. The Journal of Multiculturalism in Education6(2), 20p.

    Larrotta, C., & Gainer, J. S. (2009). Promoting family literacy among Latino immigrant parents. Georgia Journal of Reading, 32(1), 13-18.

    Larrotta, C., & Ramirez, Y. (2009). Literacy benefits for Latina/o parents engaged in a Spanish literacy project. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy52(7), 621-630.