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Lucia Osa-Melero, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
Modern Languages and Literatures

Fisher Hall 203B
Phone: 412.396.6415

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
Expertise

 

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.

Publications

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).

Selected Awards and Honors


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.


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Conference Presentations (Refereed)

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)