David W. Counselman

Associate Professor of Spanish


Doctor of Philosophy from Pennsylvania State University
Master of Arts from Pennsylvania State University
Bachelor of Arts from University of South Alabama


Dr. Counselman earned a B.A. in Spanish and French from the University of South Alabama and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Spanish linguistics from The Pennsylvania State University.  His dissertation was entitled Improving Pronunciation Instruction in the Second Language Classroom.  As an experimental linguist, his research focuses on second language acquisition and speech perception and production.  His primary interests include examining the factors that contribute to the perception of a foreign accent and investigating ways to help students reduce their foreign accent in a second language.  Dr. Counselman also enjoys teaching language and linguistics and has experience teaching Spanish and French language courses as well as teaching topics in Spanish and Romance linguistics.  At OWU he teaches Spanish language courses from beginning to advanced levels as well as a course on Romance linguistics.

Currently Dr. Counselman is the Director of Ohio Wesleyan’s study abroad program in Salamanca, Spain.


Linguistics (the acquisition of a second language phonology, speech perception and production)

Courses taught

  • Span 110, 111, 225, 226, 250
  • Span 381 Advanced Spanish Grammar
  • Span 382 Spanish Linguistics
  • Span 300.9 Spanish Phonetics and Phonology


  • Counselman, David (accepted). Directing Attention to Pronunciation in the L2 Classroom.
  • González López, Verónica and David Counselman (2013). L2 Acquisition and Category Formation of Spanish Voiceless Stops by Monolingual English Novice Learners. In Selected Proceedings of the 16th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, ed. Jennifer Cabrelli Amaro et al., 118-127. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project. www.lingref.com, document #2929. 

Contact Info


University Hall #201
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3670
E dwcounse@owu.edu