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Angelica Amezcua

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Graduate Assistant/Associate, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0202
Student Information:
Graduate Student
Spanish
Liberal Arts & Sciences

Biography

Angelica Amezcua is a third year Ph.D. student in the Spanish Linguistic Program at Arizona State University. She is pursuing a doctorate with a concentration in Heritage Language Pedagogy and a certification on CALL (Computer-Assisted Language Learning). She is also a 2015 connected academic scholar and a HASTACT (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) Scholar.

                    

Angelica’s research interests include heritage language pedagogy, critical language awareness, Spanish Heritage Language Maintenance, bilingualism, critical pedagogy, curriculum design, and digital humanities. Currently, she is collaborating with her faculty mentor (Dr. Beaudrie) and one of her peers (Sergio Loza) on a study on critical language awareness. The study set out to explore the development of critical heritage language awareness in the classroom by first measuring the students’ level of awareness of key topics that are important to understanding the socio-political reality of Spanish as a HL in the United States when they enroll in their first semester of Spanish as a heritage language. 

  

In addition to her research, Angelica is a Graduate Teaching Associate in the Department of Spanish where she teaches classes for second language learners and heritage language speakers of Spanish. She is currently the Peer-Mentoring + Community Outreach Chair for the Spanish Graduate Student Association, School of International Letters and Cultures Representative in the Graduate Women Association, and the Professional Development Chair for the Division G Campus Liaison in the American Educational Research Association. 

Education

Doctor of Philosophy in Spanish- Spanish Linguistics (expected May 2020)

 Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 

 

Computer Assisted Language Learning Certificate (expected May 2018)

Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

 

Master of Arts in Chicana/o Studies, (May 2015)

California State University, Northridge, CA

2015 Nathan O. Freedman Outstanding Graduate Student Award

Committee:  Ana Sánchez-Muñoz (chair), Claudia Parodi, Rosa RiVera Furumoto, Christina Ayala-Alcantar

Thesis: Spanish for Heritage Language Learners in Chicana/o Studies

 

Bachelor of Arts: Chicana/o Studies and Spanish, (May 2011)

California State University, Northridge, CA

Magna Cum Laude

Research Interests

Heritage Language pedagogy

Spanish Heritage Language maintenance

Critical Language Awareness

Computer Assisted Language pedagogy

Heritage Language and the interconnection with ethnic identity

Language ideologies

Bilingualism

Chicana/o studies and critical pedagogy

Publications

Chapter in peer- reviewed book

Amezcua, Angelica. (2015) “No Child Left Behind.” In Gabriel Gutiérrez (Ed.), Latinos and Latinas at Risk [2 volumes]: Issues in Education, Health, Community, and Justice. (pp. 563- 573) Santa Barbara:         ABC-CLIO, LLC. ISBN: 978-0-313-39926-8.

Submitted

Amezcua, Angelica. (accepted). “Transgressing language ideologies by transforming heritage language students intoagents who trust and value their bilingualism.” Transformation, Transgressions, and Trust” Off Campus: Seggau School of Thought, Vol. II. Austria: University of Graz. 

Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SPA 203Intermed Spanish for Bilingual
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SPA 101Elementary Spanish
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SPA 203Intermed Spanish for Bilingual
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SPA 203Intermed Spanish for Bilingual
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SPA 201Intermediate Spanish
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SPA 201Intermediate Spanish
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
SPA 201Intermediate Spanish
Honors / Awards

HONORS AND AWARDS

Leadership Award, El Concilio 25th Anniversary Leadership Recognition Banquet, Arizona State

             University, March 30th, 2017

Third Place Winner, Graz International Summer School SEGGAU 2016 (Austria): Transformation,   Transgressions, and Trust in Europe and the Americas: Poster Presentation, July 16, 2016.

Second Place Winner, College of Humanities Oral Presentations: CSUN Annual Student Research     and Creative Works Symposium, February 13, 2015

 

Grants and Scholarships

     Travel Grant, School of International Letters and Cultures, ASU, 2017

     Graduate College Fellowship, The Graduate College, ASU, 2017

      honorable Mention, Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, March 2017

      Quino E. Martínez Graduate Scholarships for outstanding, academic achievements, School of            International Letters & Cultures, ASU, 2017

      Travel Grant, Graduate and Professional Student Association, ASU, 2017

Professional Associations
Member of the Linguistic Association of the Southwest (LASSO) Member of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) Member of National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS) Sigma Delta Pi (National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society)
Service

Peer-Mentoring + Community Outreach Chair (2017-Present), Spanish Graduate Student Association,  Arizona State University

 

School of International Letters and Cultures Representative (2017-Present), Graduate Women

     Association, Arizona State University

 

Professional Development Chair (2017-Present), Division G Campus Liaison, Arizona State University and American Educational Research Association

 

Treasurer (2016-2017) Spanish Graduate Student Association, Arizona State University

 

Entre amig@s coordinator (2016-2017) Sigma Delta Pi (National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society)

 

Chair (September 2015-May 2016) 5th Annual Hispanic & Luso-Brazilian Linguistics Conference

       (March 25-March 26, 2016  

 

Department Service

 

    Peer Mentor, Spanish Graduate Student Association, 2016-Present

   

    Night of the Open Door, 2015-Present

 

    High School Language Fair, 2017-Present

 

     Co-Chair of Spanish Heritage Student Conference (Fall 2016)

 

     Co-Chair of the Spanish Heritage Awareness Week organizing committee (Fall 2017)

 

     Member of the Spanish Heritage Program Outreach committee (Fall 2016)

 

     Spanish Heritage Program Outreach event: A picnic in the park

 

    Institutional Service

 

       Member of the Executive Board of AZ CALL, 2017-Present

 

      Award Grant Reviewer, GPSA, Spring 2016-Present

 

      Member of the GPSA external affairs committee, Fall 2016-Present

 

      Chaired two sessions at the Arizona Linguistic Symposium, October 28-30, 2016

 

      Volunteered at the Symposium on Second Language Writing, ASU, October 19-22, 2016

 

      Volunteered at the HASTAC 2016 conference, May 2016.

 

Service to the Profession

 Rocky Mountain Foco, Arizona Representative, National Association of Chicano/a Studies (NACCS), March 2017-Present

 

 Research Collaboration, Computer-Assisted Language Instruction Consortium Graduate Student SIG

  Board, May 2017-Present

 

 Chaired one session at the 4th National Symposium on Spanish as a Heritage Language, February 17th-18th, 2017

 

Chair one session and volunteer at the Computer-Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO),  May16-20, 2017

Work History
Heritage language program assistant, 2016-2017 Research Assistant, heritage language research, Dr. Sara Beaudrie, ASU, 2017 Tutor, Spanish Writing and Tutoring Center, ASU, 2015-present