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Lopez, Renia (Dr)
Assistant Professor

Qualifications:
BEng. In Civil Engineering, University of Leeds, UK (1996).
MBA in Business Administration, INSEAD, France and Singapore (2000).
MA in Applied Linguistics and Teaching Spanish as a Second Language, Jaen University, Spain. Winner of the 5 best 2012 theses, Jaen University (2012).
PhD in Applied Linguistics: Disfluency and gesture in Spanish and Hong Kong English speakers, University of Malaga, Spain (2015).

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Research Overview

My focus of interest is gestures, movements of the hands and arms co-occurring with speech, a modality used together with language to externalize the thought. I first became aware of gestures as a field of research when analyzing why non-proficient speakers could not successfully communicate with native speakers. Aside from the obvious lack of language proficiency, there was also an apparent lack of proficiency in nonverbal skills that hindered creating meaningful content and relevant pragmatic meaning. The ultimate aim of my research is to prove the link between thought speech and gesture. I believe that gestures help alleviate cognitive load in thinkers/speakers but also that they carry a significant portion of the pragmatic meaning of our utterances.

In the early stages of my studies, I was fortunate to be challenged by Prof. David McNeill, who is one of the founding fathers of research into gestures, leading to a joint publication in 2017. In this paper we discussed the meaning of the ‘Growth Point’, McNeill’s hypothesis explaining the gesture-speech-thought link. Currently, I am working with other gesture researchers in Prof. Gale Stam’s AILA Research Network “Gesture, Multimodality, and SLA”.

Personal page: http://englishpolyu.wixsite.com/renialopez

Website: http://www.hispanicstudies.net

Teaching areas

European languages and cultures
European trade and expansionism
Spanish language

Research Interests

Cognitive pragmatics
Second Language acquisition
Gestures

Journal editorship

2016- Review Editor, East Asian Pragmatics (Equinox Publishing). https://journals.equinoxpub.com/index.php/EAP/index

Publications

  1. Lopez-Ozieblo, R. (forthcoming, 2017). Independent ESP learners: The case for blended learning. In R. Muñoz-Luna & L. Taillefer (eds.), Information and Communication Technologies in English for Specific Purposes. New York: Springer.
  2. Lopez-Ozieblo, R. & McNeill, D. (forthcoming, 2017). Gesture-speech unity: Exchange on why we gesture. In R. Church and M. Alibali. Philadelphia, PA: John Benjamins Publishing Co.
  3. Lopez-Ozieblo, R. (forthcoming). Creando intimidad mediante los comportamientos no verbales. In S. Fernandez Medina (Ed.), Estudios sobre Almudena Grandes. Granada, Spain: Valparaiso Ediciones.
  4. Lopez-Ozieblo, R. (2016). Estudio sobre la producción de gestos en estudiantes de lenguas extranjeras. Didáctica. Lengua y Literatura, 28, 165-180.
  5. Lopez-Ozieblo, R. (2016). Book review: “Context, Individual Differences and Pragmatic Competence Naoko Taguchi (2012) Multilingual Matters”. East Asian Pragmatics, 1 (2), 277-281.
  6. Lopez-Ozieblo, R. (2016). Adquiriendo ELE a través de los personajes de Almudena Grandes. Revista Foro de Profesores de ELE, 12, 147-155
  7. Lopez-Ozieblo, R. (2015). Cultural aspects of immediacy in an Asian classroom. ELIA,15, 13-34.
  8. Lopez-Ozieblo, R. (2015). Analysis of disfluencies and gestures in Spanish natives and in students of Spanish as a foreign language. Doctoral thesis (online publication). Universidad de Malaga, Spain.
  9. Lopez-Ozieblo, R. (2013). Reflections on the Use of Nonverbal Communication in Teaching Spanish to Sino-Speakers. Revista de Lenguas para Fines Específicos, 19, 321-340.
  10. Lopez-Ozieblo, R. (2012). Manifestaciones sociolingüísticas para dar y tomar la palabra en la interacción oral de estudiantes hongkoneses de español. Master thesis (unpublished). Universidad de Jaen, Spain.
  11. Lopez-Ozieblo, R. (2012). ¿Ahora hablo yo?: Observaciones de cómo negocian los turnos discursivos estudiantes hongkoneses de español. Proceedings of the III Encuentro de Profesores de Español para Sinohablantes (EPES) (pp. 210-220). Jaén, Spain: Publicaciones de la Universidad de Jaén.
  12. Lopez-Ozieblo, R. (2010). ¿Cómo enseñamos el presente de indicativo? Recursos para las primeras horas de clase. Proceedings of the IV Jornadas de Formación de Profesores, Beijing.
  13. Lopez-Ozieblo, R. (2000). Demystifying Online Education. Master thesis (published online by Netdimensions, no longer available). INSEAD, France and Singapore.

Journal Articles

  1. Lopez-Ozieblo, R. (forthcoming). Estudio sobre la producción de gestos en estudiantes de lenguas extranjeras. Didáctica. Lengua y Literatura.
  2. Lopez-Ozieblo, R. (2016). Cultural aspects of immediacy in an Asian classroom. ELIA, 15, 13-34.
  3. Lopez-Ozieblo, R. (2013). Reflections on the Use of Nonverbal Communication in Teaching Spanish to Sino-Speakers. Revista de Lenguas para Fines Específicos, 19, 321-340.
  4. Lopez-Ozieblo, R. (2012). Manifestaciones sociolingüísticas para dar y tomar la palabra en la interacción oral de estudiantes hongkoneses de español. Master thesis (unpublished). Universidad de Jaen, Spain.
  5. Lopez-Ozieblo, R. (2012). ¿Ahora hablo yo?: Observaciones de cómo negocian los turnos discursivos estudiantes hongkoneses de español. Proceedings of the III Encuentro de Profesores de Español para Sinohablantes (EPES) (pp. 210-220). Jaén, Spain: Publicaciones de la Universidad de Jaén.
  6. Lopez-Ozieblo, R. (2010). ¿Cómo enseñamos el presente de indicativo? Recursos para las primeras horas de clase. Proceedings of the IV Jornadas de Formación de Profesores, Beijing.
  7. Lopez-Ozieblo, R. (2000). Demystifying Online Education. Master thesis (published online by Netdimensions, no longer available). INSEAD, France and Singapore.

Research Grants

  1. A contrastive analysis of gestures in Mexican and Spanish speakers of Spanish. Funded by Early Career Fund, University of Huddersfield (2015).
  2. Investigating the use of teachers’ nonverbal communication to enhance their classroom performance. Funded by: the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2015).
  3. PIE15-49: Design of virtual activities in English for the Virtual Campus Funded by: Proyecto de Innovación Educativa para la mejora de la práctica docente, Malaga University, Spain (2015).
  4. Academic Writing in English as a Foreign Language (Extended). Funded by: Research Network - International Association of Applied Linguistics (2013 & 2015)
  5. PIE13-29: Skype Practicum en Inglés/Español como Lengua Extranjera. Funded by: Proyecto de Innovación Educativa para la mejora de la práctica docente, Malaga University, Spain (2013).
  6. Academic Writing in English as a Foreign Language. Funded by: Research Network - International Association of Applied Linguistics (2012).

Awards

  1. Winner “Five Best Master Thesis” for the academic year 2011-2012, University of Jaen, Spain.

PhD

  1. López-Ozieblo, R. (2016). Analysis of disfluencies and gestures in Spanish natives and in students of Spanish as a foreign language. Tesis doctoral publicada online por Universidad de Málaga, España. http://riuma.uma.es/xmlui/handle/10630/11747

Professional memberships

  • Fellow: Higher Education Academy, UK.
  • Member: Asociación Española de Lingüística Aplicada