I have been approved for sabbatical for the Spring term 2011. Part of my sabbatical plan is to learn Spanish in order to begin applying my current research interests to a cross-cultural setting. My project falls under the New Directions Initiative to Pursue Singular Explorations. Combining self study, total immersion, and an eight week-long intensive language course in Granada, Spain, will advance my knowledge of the language beyond the very basic proficiency I have already acquired through four years of instruction during high school and two weeks intensive language school in Costa Rica. It will allow me to explore cross cultural comparisons in a native language, taking my established research agenda in a new directions.