Zapata, Gabriela individual record
Associate Professor

Dr. Gabriela C. Zapata received her PhD in Spanish (Linguistics track) from the Pennsylvania State University in 2002. She is Associate Professor in the Department of Hispanic Studies at Texas A&M University. Her research foci are second (L2) and heritage language (HL) pedagogy, bilingualism, and teacher education. She is also involved in the development of OER materials for L2 and HL teaching and in interdisciplinary projects on Spanish for the Professions. Dr. Zapata has served as Director or Coordinator of six Spanish and Portuguese basic language programs in public and private universities in the United States and Canada. Throughout her career, she has published articles on bilingualism, L2 and HL pedagogy, and teacher cognition and practice in journals such as Computer Assisted Language Learning, Foreign Language Annals, Hispania, International Journal of Bilingualism, Language, Culture, and Curriculum, Language Learning, and Language Awareness, among others, and in a variety of edited volumes. Dr. Zapata is the main author of the first Canadian edition of Puntos de partida and of both volumes of the OER L2 Spanish textbook Trayectos (published digitally by COERLL) and its ancillaries. She is also the co-editor (with Dr. Manel Lacorte) of the volume Multiliteracies Pedagogy and Language Learning: Teaching Spanish to Heritage Speakers (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). Her co-authored (with Dr. Mary Kalantzis and Dr. Bill Cope) book Las alfabetizaciones m?ltiples: Teor?a y pr?ctica was published in December 2019 by Editorial Octaedro. Dr. Zapata received her certification as ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview Tester in Spanish in 2014. She has also served as an ACTFL mentor and is the current Chair of ACTFL's Spanish for Heritage Learners Special Interest Group. In 2019, she was awarded the SGA Open Education Champion Award by the Student Government Association at Texas A&M University. Dr. Zapata is also a CIMER Entering Mentoring Trained Facilitator.

education and training
selected publications
Academic Articles29
  • Zapata, G. C., Dominguez, Y., Gooch, S., & Pacheco, A. (2021). Charros in Texas and Gauchos in Argentina: A Social Semiotic Analysis of Historical Artifacts. The International Journal of Design in Society. 15(1), 25-44.
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  • Zapata, G. C. (2020). Sprinting to the Finish Line: The Benefits and Challenges of Book Sprints in OER Faculty-Graduate Student Collaborations. INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF RESEARCH IN OPEN AND DISTRIBUTED LEARNING. 21(2), 1-17.
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  • Zapata, G. C. (2019). L2 Spanish university students’ perceptions of the pedagogical benefits of culture portfolios. Language, Culture and Curriculum. 32(1), 94-110.
  • Kalantzis, M., Cope, B., & Zapata, G. C. (2019). Las alfabetizaciones mltiples: teora y prctica. Ediciones Octaedro.
  • Zapata, G. C., & Lacorte, M. (2018). Multiliteracies Pedagogy and Language Learning. Springer International Publishing.
  • Prez-Girons, A. M., Becher, A., Dorwick, T., Isabelli, C., & Elliott, A. R. (2011). Puntos de partida: An Invitation to Spanish. McGraw-Hill Education.
  • Arana, A. A., Arana, O., Zapata, G. C., & Knorre, M. (2011). Workbook to accompany Puntos de partida : an invitation to Spanish, Canadian edition. McGraw-Hill Ryerson.
  • Zapata, G. C., & Ribota, A. (2021). Open Education and Second Language Learning and Teaching. Blyth, C. S., & Thoms, J. J.. (Eds.), 23-46. Multilingual Matters.
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  • Zapata, G. C. (2018). A Match Made in Heaven: An Introduction to Learning by Design and Its Role in Heritage Language Education. Multiliteracies Pedagogy and Language Learning. 1-26. Springer International Publishing.
  • Zapata, G. C. (2018). The Role of Digital, Learning by Design Instructional Materials in the Development of Spanish Heritage Learners’ Literacy Skills. Multiliteracies Pedagogy and Language Learning. 67-106. Springer International Publishing.
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  • Zapata, G. C. (2015). The role of metaphors in novice and experienced L2 instructors classroom practice. Low, G., & Wan, W. (Eds.), Metaphor in Language, Cognition, and Communication. 167-186. John Benjamins Publishing Company.
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  • Zapata, G. C., & Tokarz, W. (2008). Community Service Learning and L2 students intercultural communicative competence. Mantero, M., Miller, P. C., & Watzke, J. L. (Eds.), Readings in Language Studies, Volume 1: Language Across Disciplinary Boundaries. 281-297. International Society for Language Studies.
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Texas A&M University; Hispanic Studies; 4238 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-4238