Lucia Osa-Melero, Ph.D.Assistant Professor
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
Modern Languages and Literatures
Fisher Hall 203B
Education:Ph.D., Language Teaching: Oral and Writing Skills, Universitat de Valencia, Spain, 2009
M.A.T., Teaching Spanish as a Second Language, University of Iowa, 2002
M.A., Foreign Language Education, University of Iowa, 2001
B.A., English Language and Literature, Universitat de Valencia, Spain, 1998
Dr. Lucía Osa-Melero joined the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures as Assistant Professor of Spanish in 2012. Her research focuses primarily on foreign language teaching methodologies, reading and pre-reading activities, and community service-learning.
2012 - Osa-Melero, L. A comparative analysis of the impact of cooperative vs. Individual textbook-based pre-reading activities on the reading comprehension of intermediate-high college students of Spanish." Hispania, 95 (2).
2009 - Osa-Melero, L. (2009) En Comunidad: Comunicación y Conexión. New York: McGraw Hill. (with P. Nichols, J. Johnson, & L. Lemley)
Spanish textbook for college 2nd year students with a focus on Community Service Learning.
2007 - Osa-Melero, L. En contexto: Manual de lecturas y películas. Customized edition for University of Texas at Austin. New York: McGraw Hill. (with M. García, F. Sacchi, & K. Theodoridou).
2013 - Duquesne Presidential Scholarship Award
2012 - Professional Development Award from the Texas Language Center "Reading activities for heritage speakers"
2010 - Professional Development Award from the Texas Language Center "Implementing Leisure Reading of Authentic Novels as a Means to Analyze Language in Advanced Spanish Grammar Classes for Heritage Speakers"
2009 - Dissertation defense grade: Excellent Cum Laude
2007 - Liberal Arts Instructional Technology Services (LAITS) Research Grant given to University of Texas Department of Spanish and Portuguese Language Program
2002 - University of Iowa Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award.
2013 - Beyond linguistic variation: Analysis and (re)production of dialects and registers". 5th Crossing Over Symposium at Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio
2012 - Essential steps to start a service-learning program. ACTFL Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
2012 - The effects of two different pre-reading activity formats on the reading comprehension of students of intermediate-high Spanish. Pennsylvania Foreign Language Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
2012- The effects of traditional group vs. individual textbook-based pre-reading activities on the reading comprehension of students of intermediate-high Spanish. Kentucky Foreign Language Annual Conference. Lexington, Kentucky
2011 - Increasing awareness while implementing Spanish linguistic variation in the foreign language classroom. Kentucky Foreign Language Annual Conference. Lexington, Kentucky (with Rebeca Bataller)
2011 - Learning basic grammatical concepts through authentic literary texts in heritage speakers classes. Texas Language Center Workshop Series
2010 - Concienciación e implementación práctica de la variación lingüística en el lenguaje conversacional en las aulas de español como lengua extranjera (with Rebeca Bataller) "International Symposium: New Insights into the Study of Conversation. Applications to the Language Classroom", Granada, Spain
2009 - Guided and structured cooperative versus textbook-based individual pre-reading activities for intermediate-high college students of Spanish. AATSP Biennial Northeast Regional Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts.
2008 - Integrating the other 4 Cs into the communicative classroom and beyond. ACTFL Annual Meeting, Orlando. (with P. Nichols, J. Johnson & L. Lemley)
2008 - International volunteering: service learning options abroad. ACTFL Annual Meeting, Orlando. (with P. Nichols, J. Johnson & L. Lemley)
2008 - Integrating community service learning (CSL) with written and oral classroom activities. AATSP Annual Conference, San José, Costa Rica. (with L. Lemley)
2008 - Connecting with your community through service learning. NECTFL Annual Meeting, New York. (with J. Johnson & J. Ortega)
2008 - The effects of guided cooperative pre-reading activities on intermediate Spanish students. Texas Foreign Language Education Colloquium (Tex-Flec) poster presentation.
2007 - How to start a community service-learning program: Everybody can help! AATSP Annual Conference, San Diego.
2006 - The effect of cooperative guided pre-reading activities vs. non-cooperative traditional pre-reading activities in advanced ESL college students. AATSP Annual Conference, Salamanca, Spain.
2002 - What challenges do 1st year Spanish literature students encounter when reading a literary passage? FLESSA, The University of Iowa.
2001 - Spanish speaking test for elementary students: SOPI. The Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC), Saint Louis. (with Rebeca Bataller)
2001 - Spanish speaking test for elementary students: SOPI. The MidWest Association of Language Testers (MwALT), Iowa City, IA. (with Rebeca Bataller)
2001 - Spanish speaking test for elementary students: SOPI. The Foreign Language Colloquia Series. Poster Session, April, 2001 (with Rebeca Bataller)