Julie Sykes is a doctoral candidate at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and will begin as an assistant professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of New Mexico in 2008. Her specializations include: gaming and second language acquisition, Hispanic linguistics, new media literacy, and second language acquisition. She also holds a graduate certificate in school technology leadership. Julie’s most recent project entails the creation, implementation, and evaluation of the first synthetic immersive environment for learning Spanish pragmatics, Croquelandia. Sykes has presented extensively and published various articles on the use of new digital media for language learning and serves as an expert consultant with the New Media Language Education Group.