Helena S. Belío Apaolaza received a Ph.D. in Spanish Applied Linguistics at Universidad de Salamanca, Spain. She previously obtained a master’s degree in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language and a bachelor’s in Hispanic Philology. She also regularly takes courses certified by Instituto Cervantes in order to enhance her pedagogical approaches and teaching strategies. Her areas of interest are Psycholinguistics, Sociolinguistics, and Intercultural Studies as they pertain to Second Language Acquisition. Her current research focuses on the learning of nonverbal communication and Hispanic culture in the Spanish language classroom. Before joining MIT, she taught and conducted research at Simmons University, Brown University and Universidad de Salamanca.