Transformation occurs when a learner’s engagement is such that it broadens their horizons of knowledge and capability.
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Alessandra Camille Ribota
Hispanic Studies, Linguistics, Ph.D. Student
Texas A&M University
Second Language Learning
Open Educational Resources (OER)
Alessandra C. Ribota is a doctoral student, graduate teaching assistant, and Language Program Assistant to the Director of Lower Division Spanish Instruction in the Department of Hispanic Studies at Texas A&M University. She holds an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, and has experience as a Spanish high school teacher. Her research interests are second language acquisition, pedagogy, Open Educational Resources (OER), identity, and teacher education.
Her work research and development work has focused on developing OER material and studies on the positive effects of the material in language acquisition, and the use of technology-based projects as means of identity texts in L2 students.
Alessandra’s dissertation focuses on the incorporation of Learning by Design and Multiliteracies framework in Open Educational Resource (OER) material by applying the material in an novice and intermediate-mid courses.
Department of Hispanic Studies
Texas A&M University
205A Academic Bldg.
College Station, Texas 77843-4238
Tel.: (979) 845-2125 (office)
Logros [achievements] is a noun that has resounded all through my academic career as a first generation Hispanic to graduate from college with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. Yet, it is a word that without the guidance, mentorship, and support from the many people who have supported me in the accomplishments of my goals it would not be possible. Seeing the value and importance of a support system in the career of an individual, I believe in contributing to the success of future generations throughout language learning.To do so, I have commited to study pedagogical frameworks that center upon the belonging and transformation of the individual and developing Open Educational Resource (OER) materials that can guide, enhance, develop, and aid the language learning of people around the world.
By being able to provide the free tools of language learning, I will be able to help others in their logros and provide the opportunity to expand the knowledge of different cultures and communities in the Spanish language. Being from the border town of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, my personal and academic mission is to break the borders of the world through Open Language Educational Resource (OLER) materials. Pursuing a doctorate degree in Second Language Acquisition and Open Educational Resources (OER), in the Department of Hispanic Studies at Texas A&M University, will strengthen my mission and provide the experience needed to transform my dreams into logros.