Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

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.

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 or vulnerable 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

2014-2016 Revitalizing and Teaching the Secwepemctsin
Language Using Gamification on Mobile Tablets ($14,760)
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of
Canada, Aid to Small Universities Grant
(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
($87,754), Social Sciences and Humanities Research
Council of Canada, Standard Grant (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

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

Journal Articles and Book Chapters
Kim, T.-J., Kuo, L., Ramirez, G., Wu, S., Ku, Y.-M., de Marin, S., Ball, A., Eslami, Z. (2016). The relationship between bilingual experience and the development of morphological and morpho-syntactic awareness: a cross-linguistic study of classroom discourse. Language Awareness

Kuo, L., Ramirez, G., de Marin, S., Kim, T., & Unal-Gezer, M. (2015). 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, (ahead-of-print), 1-18. DOI: 10.1080/01443410.2015.1049586

Gottardo, A., Pasquarella, A., Chen, X., Ramirez, G. & Geva, E. (2015). The impact of language on the relationships between phonological awareness and word reading in different scripts: A test of the psycholinguistic grain size hypothesis in bilinguals. Online first Applied Psycholinguistics, 11/2015; DOI: 10.1017/S0142716415000508

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. (2014). Vocabulario: un componente esencial en la lectura y la escritura [Vocabulary: an essential component in reading and writing]. In R.J. Guzman (Ed.), Pedagogia y didactica de la lectura y la escritura [Reading and writing didactic and pedagogy], Bogota, Colombia: Universidad de la Sabana y Ministerio de Educacion Nacional.

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.

Ramirez, G. (2012). Case Study, Peter: an affable, distracted lad. In A. Cumming (Ed.), Adolescent literacies in a multicultural context (pp.197-204). New York: Routledge.

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.

Pasquarella, A., Chen, C., Luo, Y.C., & Ramirez, G. (2011). Cross-language transfer of morphological awareness in Chinese-English bilinguals: The effects on word reading, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. Journal of Research in Reading, 34(1),23-42.

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. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9817.2011.01490.x

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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