Gloria Ramirez

Gloria Ramirez

Gloria Ramirez

Name: PhD Gloria Ramirez
Position: Associate Professor
Phone: 250 371 5565
Email: Gramirez@tru.ca

Interests

I enjoy reading, learning about different cultures, languages and people, listening to music and the radio, performing outdoor activities, travelling, and dancing. I am fascinated with languages and have an insatiable curiosity for finding out how they work and how they facilitate reading and writing.

Research Interests

I am an educator in the quest for knowledge through research and practice. I am interested in understanding children's biliteracy and bilingual development and the mechanisms that facilitate the transfer of skills across languages. I am also interested in identifying reliable reading assessment tools and effective language and literacy teaching strategies for minority groups and diverse populations such as English language learners, First Nations students, and children and youth from disadvantaged backgrounds. Lately, I have been examining innovative (e.g., digital technology) and culturally sensitive approaches (e.g., working with Aboriginal Elders) to revitalize Aboriginal languages.

RESEARCH GRANTS

2019-2020 Come Read with Me, Community Driven Research
Fund (CDRF) ($5000)(Principal Investigator)

2018-2019 TRU Open Education Resources (OER) Development
Grant Program, TRU ($7000) (Principal Investigator)

2016-2017 Revitalization of Indigenous Languages through
Pedagogically and Culturally Sound Curricula. TRU
Internal Research Fund (IRF) Grant ($ 5000)
(Principal Investigator)

2015-2016 Creativity, Innovation, and Curriculum
Enrichment Grant, Kamloops School District #73
($9,000) (Co-Investigator)

2014-2015 Learning at Intercultural Intersections:
Inaugural TRU International Research Conference
TRU International Research Conference Fund
($25,000)
(Co-Applicant)

2014-2016 Revitalizing and Teaching the Secwepemctsin
Language Using Gamification on Mobile Tablets
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of
Canada, Aid to Small Universities Grant ($14,760)
(Co-Investigator)

2014-2015 Accelerating Language Development Through
Culturally Relevant and Pedagogically Sound Curricula
Thompson Rivers University, Internal Research Fund
($5,000) (Principal Investigator)

2012-2014 Creativity, Innovation, and Curriculum
Enrichment
Grant, Kamloops School District #73 ($20,000)
(Principal Investigator)

2012-2014 Early Vocabulary and Literacy Enrichment for
Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal Children ($74,764)
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of
Canada, Insight Development Grant
(Principal Investigator)

2010-2013 Literacy Development of English Language
Learners, Social Sciences and Humanities Research
Council of Canada, Standard Grant ($87,754) (Co-
Investigator)

2010-2013 20 Years Later: Educational and Labor
Expectations of Immigrant Youth and those who Have
Returned to the NAFTA Region ($38,000), El Colegio
de Mexico.
(Co-Investigator)

2011-2012 TRU Research Enhancement Fund (Principal
Investigator)
($4,000)

Previous Projects:
2005-2009 Examining the development and cross-linguistic
transfer of metalinguistic skills, word reading, and
vocabulary in Chinese-English and Spanish-English
bilingual children and youth

Education

Ph.D., Developmental Psychology and Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (2009)

M.Ed., Second Language Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (2002)

B.A., Spanish and English Language Teaching, University of Antioquia (1996)

Elementary School Teaching Diploma, Normal Maria Auxiliadora (1988)

Publications

Selected Publications

Porta, M.E. & Ramirez, G. (2019). The impact of an early
intervention on vocabulary, PA, and letter sound
knowledge among Spanish-speaking kindergarteners.
International Journal of School and Educational
Psychology, 7(1), DOI: 10.1080/21683603.2018.1558137

Ramirez, G. (2017, spring). Morphological awareness and
second language learners. Perspectives on Language
and Literacy, 43(2), 35-41.

Kuo, L., Ramirez, G., de Marin, S., Kim, T., & Unal-
Gezer, M. (2017). Bilingualism and morphological
awareness: A study with children from general
education and Spanish-English dual language programs.
Educational Psychology: An International Journal of
Experimental Educational Psychology, 37(2), 94-111.

Gutierrez, G. Sanchez, P., & Ramirez, G. (Eds.) (2016).
20 a??os despu??s: J??venes migrantes en Norte America
[20 years later: Migrant Youth in North America].
Mexico, DC: COLMEX

Geva, E., & Ramirez, G. (2015). Focus on Reading.
Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Garson, K., Ramirez, G., & Pidgeon, M. (Eds.) (2016).
Learning at intercultural intersections [Special
issue]. Journal of Intercultural Education, 27(5),
395-492.

Ramirez, G., Walton, P., & Roberts, W. (2014).
Morphological awareness, vocabulary, and reading
among kindergarteners with different ability levels.
Journal of Learning Disabilities, 47, 54-64.

Ramirez, G., Chen-Bumgardner, X., & Pasquarella, A.
(2013). Cross-linguistic Transfer of morphological
awareness in Spanish-speaking ELLs: The facilitating
effect of cognate knowledge. Topics in language
Disorders, 33(1), 73-92.

Chen, X., Ramirez, G., Luo, Y.C., Geva, E., & Ku, Y.
(2012). Comparing vocabulary development in Spanish-
and Chinese-Speaking ELLs: The effects of
metalinguistic and sociocultural factors. Reading and
Writing, 25(8), 1991-2020.

Lin, M.D., Ramirez, G., Shade, W.J., & Geva, E. (2012).
Bridging lexical knowledge and literacy. In A.
Cumming (Ed.), Adolescent literacies in a
multicultural context (pp.102-117). New York:
Routledge.

Walton, P., & Ramirez, G. (2012). Reading acquisition
with young Aboriginal children. Encyclopedia of
Language and Literacy Development,
http://literacyencyclopedia.ca
/index.php?fa=items.show&topicId=309

Chen, X., Ramirez, G., Luo, Y.C., Geva, E., & Ku, Y.
(2012). Comparing vocabulary development in Spanish-
and Chinese-Speaking ELLs: The effects of
metalinguistic and sociocultural factors. Reading and
Writing, 25(8), 1991-2020.

Ramirez, G., Chen-Bumgardner, B., Geva, E., & Luo, Y.
(2011). Morphological awareness and vocabulary in
ELLs. Applied Psycholinguistics, 32, 601-618.

Deacon, H., Chen-Bumgardner, X., Luo, Y.C., Ramirez, G.
(2011). Beyond language borders: Orthographic
processing and word reading in Spanish-English
bilinguals. Journal of Research in Reading, 1-17.

Seung, J., Ramirez, G., & Cumming, A. (2010). Tutoring
adolescents in literacy: A meta-analysis. McGill
Journal of Education, 45(2),2-20.

Ramirez, G., Chen-Bumgardner, B., Geva, E., & Kiefer, H.
(2010). Morphological awareness in Spanish-English
bilingual children: within and cross-language effects
on word reading. Reading and Writing: An
Interdisciplinary Journal, 23, 337-358.

Employment History

CURRENT:

Associate Professor, M.Ed. Coordinator and Committee Chair, Faculty of human Social, and Educational Development, Thompson Rivers University

PREVIOUS POSITIONS:

2009-2014 Assistant Professor, Faculty of human Social, and
Educational Development, Thompson Rivers University

2008-2009 Teacher Education Program Assistant, Ontario
Institute for Studies in Education

2000-2009 Instructor, School of Continuing Studies (SCS),
University of Toronto, Spanish-Level I to Level V

2004-2006 Teaching Assistant, Human Development and Applied
Psychology, OISE/UT

2002-2004 Secondary School Teacher, The Linden School,
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

1996-1997 University Lecturer, Department of Education,
Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Medellin, Colombia

1999-2000 Kindergarten Teacher, The Villa, London, England
Home room teacher, Curriculum Advisor

1995-1998 Kindergarten and Elementary School Teacher, The New
School, Medellin, Colombia

1989-1992 Elementary School Teacher, Casa Mama Margarita
(institution for homeless children), Medellin, Colombia

AWARDS, DISTINCTIONS, AND FELLOWSHIPS

2014 Research Training Recognition Award, Thompson Rivers
University

2011-2012 Harvard Graduate School of Education, Jeann S.
Chall Visiting Researcher Award

2006-2009 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of
Canada, Doctoral Scholarship

2006-2009 Academic Excellence Award, University of Toronto

2007 Postgraduate Scholarship Supplement, Canadian Language
and Literacy Research Network

Courses Taught

UNDERGRADUATE:
Language and Literacy
Elementary Teaching Practicum
Drama
Methods and Interventions for Writing
Foreign Language Teaching Methodology
Introduction to Educational Psychology

GRADUATE:
Research Methods in Education
Diversity: Constructing Social Realities
Education Research Colloquium
Directed Seminar (M.Ed.)

CONTINUING EDUCATION:
Spanish as a Foreign Language
English as a Foreign Language

I have teaching experience in Colombia, England, and Canada.

Professional Affiliations

Society for the Scientific Study of Reading
American Educational Research Association
International Dyslexia Association
International Reading Association
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