Gabriela Zapata

Gabriela Zapata
University of Nottingham | Notts · School of Education

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
Dr. Gabriela C. Zapata holds an MA in TESOL and PhD in Spanish (Linguistics track) from the Pennsylvania State University. She is Associate Professor in the School of Education at the University of Nottingham. Her research foci are Learning by Design and second (L2) pedagogy, multimodal social semiotics, and teacher education. She is also interested in the development and implementation of OER materials in L2 education.

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In this chapter, we examine the application of the multiliteracies pedagogy Learning by Design (Cope & Kalantzis, 2015; Kalantzis et al., 2005, 2016) to the design of open educational resources (OER) for the teaching of Spanish as a heritage (HL) and second language (L2). We first discuss the tenets of the framework, and the reasons why it is appro...
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Chapter 1 offers theoretical and research information on the framework of focus, Learning by Design. The first part of the chapter provides an in-depth description of the multiliteracies pedagogy proposed by the scholars in the New London Group (NLG) in 1996, and it introduces Learning by Design. In the second part, both pedagogies are compared, an...
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The discussion in Chapter 3 centers on pedagogy and everyday classroom practices. The first part offers an in-depth description of Learning by Design’s reflexive pedagogy, including principles and information on instructional interventions. In the next section, connections are established among Learning by Design’s pedagogical approach, Universal D...
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The focus of Chapter 2 is second language (L2) learning. The discussion traces the relationship between current L2 teaching and learning and Learning by Design. This is achieved through the examination of L2 frameworks, perspectives, and foci (in terms of themes and language use) that exhibit theoretical and instructional similarities with the peda...
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EN This case study focuses on an interdisciplinary educational experience in which university Pharmacy and Humanities early and late Spanish-English bilinguals were paired to translate questions related to sociobehavioral aspects of medication use. This work describes the personal and professional benefits reported by the translators and the prevai...
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The objective of this article is to examine media representations of charros in Texas and gauchos in Argentina from the 1930s in order to uncover any sociohistorical parallels between these two groups. Two sets of artifacts were analyzed using a social semiotics approach. The first part of the article delineates, through the investigation of socioh...
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The purpose of this project was to compare two different COVID-19 Mexican lotería versions by Mexican-American artists Ernesto Quiñonez Curiel and Pinche Raf. Their work was inspired by the most popular traditional lotería set Don Clemente Gallo, created by Don Clemente Jacques in 1913. Social semiotics was employed in the analysis of the images an...
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This article investigates the results of a book sprint experience whose main objective was the development of instructional modules for an open textbook for the teaching of Spanish as a second language. Six graduate students at a public American university participated in the project for a week, working in pairs in the creation of activities that r...
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This article investigates the incorporation of identity texts grounded in the multiliteracies framework Learning by Design to second language (L2) instruction in required Spanish classes at a university in the Southern United States. In particular, it focuses on student work on multimodal identity texts during two academic semesters from 173 beginn...
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Las alfabetizaciones múltiples: teoría y práctica es la primera obra en el mundo hispanohablante que ofrece una introducción exhaustiva de la pedagogía de las alfabetizaciones múltiples a través de un enfoque no solamente en la lectura y la escritura, sino también en otras modalidades que caracterizan la comunicación moderna. Incluye aspectos teóri...
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This template can serve as a way to organize ideas for the development of pedagogical activities for L2 and HL teaching grounded in the framework Learning by Design. I have updated it, and it is now more comprehensive.
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The benefits of undergraduate research for students from traditionally underrepresented groups are numerous and well documented in STEM fields (e.g., Bangera & Brownell, 2014; Carpi et al., 2017; O’Donnell et al., 2015). However, to date, no studies have focused on similar programs in the social sciences and humanities. The objective of this presen...
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Materials Development Grounded in the Learning by Design Multiliteracies Framework The purpose of this workshop is to provide theoretical and practical guidance for the development of instructional activities for Spanish Heritage language learners (HLLs) grounded in the tenets of the multiliteracies pedagogy Learning by Design (Kalantzis et al. 20...
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This work investigates the instructional benefits of the digital social reading application eComma for the comprehension and interpretation of authentic texts in intermediate second language (L2) Spanish classes in a university in the Southern United States. The study examines 44 students’ collaborative work on two poems connected to the themes of...
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This article investigates the use of culture portfolios in second language Spanish university classes at an American private university as part of an innovation that incorporated an ACTFL standards-based curriculum to a basic language program. The portfolios required students to complete different types of tasks through interactions with members of...
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This chapter investigates the role that pedagogical material based on the tenets of the Multiliteracies approach Learning by Design can play on the development of Spanish heritage speakers’ literacy skills and metalinguistic awareness. Twenty-nine students in an intermediate heritage Spanish class in an American Hispanic-serving university particip...
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Since its development, Learning by Design has successfully guided instructional programs for a variety of subjects, including second language literacy, in elementary, middle, and high schools in Australia. The framework has been significant in offering educators tools to tailor instruction for socially and culturally diverse students. This chapter...
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This book is the first volume to be devoted to the examination of the application of the Multiliteracies pedagogical framework to the teaching of Spanish to heritage language learners in higher education institutions in the United States. The Hispanic population is a growing minority, and the presence of heritage speakers can be observed in second...
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In 2013, Integrated Performance Assessment (IPA) was adopted at all levels of instruction at a private university in southern California. The study reports the opinions of 1,236 Novice, Intermediate Low, and Intermediate Mid Spanish students concerning IPA and their perceptions of the way in which classroom instruction was reflected in the content...
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:This small-scale study investigates the effects of community service learning (CSL) projects or a cultural presentation on the development of the cultural understanding of low- and high-intermediate L2 students. Fifty-two learners in four sections of two Spanish classes in Canada participated in the study. The participants also completed pre- and...
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This article extends recent findings that presenting semantically related vocabulary simultaneously inhibits learning. It does so by adding story contexts. Participants learned 32 new labels for known concepts from four different semantic categories in stories that were either semantically related (one category per story) or semantically unrelated...
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This article describes the first part of a study that explores the metaphorical language used by 64 second language (L2) Spanish and English as a foreign language (EFL) pre- and inservice teaching assistants and instructors in their conceptualization of L2 teachers and students. The article investigates the philosophical perspective embedded in the...
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This study investigates the impact of an online workbook on the attitudes of 245 second language (L2) Spanish learners toward this pedagogical tool over two consecutive semesters. The treatment consisted of four hours of classroom instruction and one set of online homework per week, during two consecutive semesters. Students' attitudes toward the e...
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This study examines the effect of instruction with and without technology on the development of L2 grammatical competence in two consecutive basic Spanish courses at a university. Experiment 1 (n = 549) compared a traditional group (regular class time + paper workbook) with a computer-enhanced group (regular class time + online workbook). Experimen...
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This study examines the effects of an online workbook and a paper workbook on L2 vocabulary acquisition. Participants consisted of 549 L2 learners of Spanish enrolled in a large language program at an American state university. The participants received 4 hours of classroom instruction per week and worked with an online or a paper workbook once a w...
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This paper investigates the development of L2 Spanish students’ cultural awareness through the teaching of literature by the application of the method Focus-on-Cultural Understanding. The paper partially reports on a one-semester study in which 17 intermediate L2 Spanish students at a state university in Midwestern US were exposed to a variety of l...
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This investigation is inspired by an interest in the contact/contracting grammars of heritage speakers of Spanish who have experienced prolonged exposure to English in the United States and, in particular, what their linguistic performance reveals of their knowledge of lexical subclasses and discursive properties associated with ordering of sentent...
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The increasing importance of computer assisted language learning (CALL) in second language (L2) classes has added a new dimension to L2 research, and it has challenged scholars to find valid research methods and theoretical frameworks that can be applied in the analysis of the linguistic and social aspects of the interaction among students and inst...
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The objective of this project is to examine the application of the multiliteracies pedagogy Learning by Design (Cope & Kalantzis, 2015; Kalantzis et al. 2005, 2016) to the design to Open Educational Resources (OER) for the teaching of Spanish as a second language (L2). The study focuses on issues related to the design and development of OER materials such as 1) the identification of students’ needs (considering personal and institutional expectations and outcomes); 2) the development of curricula (the determination of thematic and linguistic content); 3) the search for and selection of appropriate resources, including the assessment of existing ones; and 4) the training and coordination of development teams. The final phase of the project will investigate the implementation process, and the effect of the newly-developed resources on the development of L2 students' competence in the three modes of communication.