Alessandra Ribota

Department of Hispanic Studies

Texas A&M University


2016-               Ph.D., Spanish, Linguistics, Texas A&M University

Prospective dissertation focus: “The Application of Learning by Design in Open

Educational Resources”OER”

Committee:Dr. Gabriela Zapata (Chair), Dr. Maria Irene Moyna,

Dr. Patrick Bolger & Dr. Sarah Misemer

Expected Graduation date: May 2021

2016                M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, Texas A&M University

2011                B.A., Spanish & International Studies, Texas A&M University



Instructed Second Language Acquisition

Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Education

Spanish as a Heritage Language (pedagogy)

Teacher Education



Peer Reviewed Publications:

Zapata, G. C., & Ribota, A. (2018). Open educational resources in heritage and L2 Spanish classrooms: Design, development, and implementation. Under review.


Zapata, G. C., & Ribota, A. (2018). The instructional benefits of identity texts and Learning by Design in required second language classes. Under review.


Zapata, G. C., & Ribota, A. (2017). Digital publications in language classes: Performance, multiliteracies, and learner autonomy. Language Educator, 12(3), 52-54.



Zapata, G. C., Ribota, A., & the OER Texas A&M Team. Trayectos: An introduction to Spanish. In progress. OER textbook to be published by the Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL). Sample unit available at


Open Educational Resources for L2 Instruction and Research:

Ribota, A. (2018). OER Materials for L2 Spanish Teaching (performance-based instruction activities for intermediate L2 Spanish students). Available at





Ribota, A, Zapata, G. C. (2019). The beneficial effects of a service-oriented undergraduate research program for heritage speakers. Paper presented at the 2019 6th National Symposium on Spanish as a Heritage-Language; February 23, 2019; University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley.


Mesa Morales, M., Zapata, G. C., & Ribota, A. (2018). The beneficial effects of technology-based social reading in L2 classes. Paper presented at the 2018 Texas Language Education Research (TexLER) Conference; September 28-29, 2018, San Antonio, TX.


Zapata, G. C., & Ribota, A. (2018). Second language learning in a multimodal world: Learning by Design in the L2 classroom. Paper presented at the 11th International Conference on e-Learning and Innovative Pedagogies and the e-Learning and Innovative Pedagogies Research; March 2-3, 2018, New York, NY.


Zapata, G. C., & Ribota, A. (2018). Heritage language learning in a multimodal world: Learning by Design in Spanish as a heritage language classrooms. Paper presented at the Third International Conference on Heritage/Community Languages; February 16-17, 2018, University of California, Los Angeles.




Language Program Assistant to the Director of Lower Division Spanish Instruction

Texas A&M University

Department of Hispanic Studies

August 2017-Present

  • Assist Prof. Gabriela C. Zapata with academic and administrative duties pertaining the Spanish classes in the lower-division Spanish program (Spanish 101, 102, 201, and 202).

  • Meet regularly with Prof. Gabriela C. Zapata to discuss syllabi and program matters.


Graduate Teaching Consultant Fellow

Texas A&M University

Center for Teaching Excellence

August 2018-Present

  • Work with The Center for Teaching Excellence in the training of new graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) at the university.

  • Observe new GTAs and provide meaningful feedback on their practice.

  • Provide training for international graduate students aiming to pass the English language exam.


Materials Developer: Spanish Program Open Educational Resource Project

Texas A&M University

Department of Hispanic Studies

January 2017- Present

  • Work with Prof. Gabriela C. Zapata on the development of the first L2 Spanish Open Educational Resources (OER) textbook Trayectos.

  • Create content for Trayectos and guide graduate students in the development of OER materials.

  • Train and lead undergraduate students in the development of OER materials for Trayectos.


Teaching Assistant, Research Assistant, Instructor

Texas A&M University

Department of Hispanic Studies

August 2016-Present


  • The writing process in L2 Spanish students and heritage speakers: A keystroke logging study (with Dr. Gabriela C. Zapata and Dr. Patrick A. Bolger)

  • Integrated Performance Assessment in novice high and intermediate low Spanish classes: A Maze task study (with Dr. Gabriela C. Zapata and Dr. Patrick A. Bolger)

  • The role of technology-based projects in performance-based instruction (with Dr. Gabriela C. Zapata)

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Department of Hispanic Studies 
Texas A&M University 
College Station, Texas 77843-4238 USA

Tel.: (979) 845-2125 (Office)

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