My philosophy is that I teach Spanish effectively when I evaluate learners quickly (and possibly informally), determine their goals, then use a variety of media to engage the learners and teach as much material as possible while keeping it fun!
I have been a Spanish professor, and a bilingual elementary school teacher to thousands of students, as well as a translator of Spanish/English materials. Students usually remark on my energetic and approachable style, coupled with my extensive knowledge of the subject.
Dr. Melina Lucía Lozano
→English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education Certificate, 2017, Edgewood College
→Graduate Certificate, Teaching, 2015, Concordia University Wisconsin, Madison
→Ph.D. in Linguistics, August, 2002, the University of Wisconsin-Madison
→M.A. in Linguistics, May 1990, the University of Wisconsin-Madison
→B.A. in Spanish, August 1986, the University of Wisconsin-Madison
→Hawthorne Elementary School, Bilingual (Spanish) and ESL Teacher grades K/1/2/3/5 Aug. 2012- present
Teach elementary aged students Science, Math, Literacy, etc. in Spanish in a public school on Madison's East side.
Michigan State University, CREATE for STEM, translator (into Spanish) of elementary science materials 2017 - 2019
World Languages, Adult Education, 1/00 - present
Teach beginning, intermediate and conversational Spanish to university-transfer and other program students (plan and deliver lectures; grade tests and compositions); design and maintain Blackboard web site for my courses.
→Globe University Spanish Instructor April 2012-August 2012
Lecturer, Spanish 1
→CapTel Corp. 12/10 - August 2012 Caption in a call center English and Spanish telephone conversations of the hearing-impaired at almost 200 wpm using Dragon Naturally Speaking voice-recognition software.
→University of Wisconsin-Platteville
Humanities Department, 8/10 - 12/10
Taught intermediate (including literature of Darío, Matute, López y Fuentes) and elementary Spanish grammar courses (planned and delivered lectures, wrote tests and exams; graded compositions and other assignments); graded all oral and written exams. Maintained D2L sites for my courses.
→Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin
Dept. of Modern Languages and Literatures 8/07 - 5/10
Assistant Visiting Professor
Taught intermediate (including literature of Neruda, Pérez Firmat, Téllez, Storni, Castellanos, Martí) and elementary Spanish grammar courses (planned and delivered lectures, wrote tests and exams; graded compositions and other assignments); graded all oral and written exams. Maintained Moodle sites for my courses.
→College Board/Educational Testing Service July 2007, June 2012, June 2016, June 2017, June 2019
Faculty Consultant ("AP reader"), Spanish Language and Culture
Evaluated and scored recorded/presentational "free-response" and written portions of Advanced Placement tests (Spanish) after extensive training in College Board rubric.
→University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Dept. of Foreign Languages 8/06 - 5/07
Assistant Visiting Professor of Spanish Linguistics
Taught phonetics course and third year Spanish grammar/writing course to university students (planned and delivered lectures (including lectures on history of Spain & New World), tests and exams; graded compositions, recorded assignments, etc.); graded all oral and written exams, with 15 credit load. Maintained D2L site for my courses.
→University of Wisconsin-Madison
Spanish Department, 9/02 - 5/08
Taught up through Spanish 311 (grammar/writing/literature [of Pérez Firmat, Cortázar, Cisneros, Jiménez, Castellanos, García Márquez, Quiroga]) to university students (planned and delivered lectures, tests and exams; graded compositions); graded all oral and written exams. Maintained My WebSpace site for my courses.
→TRIO Student Support Services, 9/96 – 6/02
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Writing Specialist, Spanish Tutor, Web Developer
Provided workshops in college paper-writing for university students in the areas of composition, grammar, punctuation, argumentation, English as a second language, study skills, and the intersection of information technology with writing; assessed writing samples, and scored reading and math tests required of all TRIO students; regularly maintained and helped design program web site and produced other layout as needed. Tutored in Linguistics, and in Spanish (all levels, including Heritage speakers). Helped with academic advising of students and made referrals to other programs, departments and resources.
Spanish Department, 3/98 - 3/99
Taught second and first year Spanish grammar and literature to university students (planned and delivered lectures, tests and exams; graded compositions); designed and maintained web site for my sections
→Linguistics Department, 8/95 - 4/96
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Linguistics Department Web Site Project Assistant
Wrote html code. Prepared and uploaded text, scanned material, designed graphics, photographs, etc. to be put up on the Linguistics Department web site. Used Adobe Photoshop, scanning software and digital camera to name a few applications. Worked in UNIX environment. Held "electronic office hours."
→Systems, Research and Application Corporation Arlington, VA ,10/92 & 1-7/94
Spanish Linguistics Consultant
Worked with programmers on various aspects of Spanish grammar; read and interpreted Spanish-language newspaper articles for purposes of identifying antecedent-anaphor relations for database and alpha-testing of their "NameTag" product in UNIX environment. Wrote documentation of product. Also researched the determination of antecedents for Spanish null pronominals.
The Landing site of specificity raising: opaque domains, WCO remedy, and copy movement (with special reference to Spanish)
2020 (in progress) "The Aspectuality of ὰ-marked objects in Spanish"
2020 (in progress) "Specificity as Aspect."
2012 "the Convergence of literacy and oral tradition" Proceedings of STLILLA 2011 Symposium on Teaching and Learning Indigenous Languages of Latin America, University of Notre Dame
2008 "Using wayñu lyrics in runasimi instruction: Support from applied linguistics and learning styles" Proceedings of STILLA 2008 p. 254
1992c "Specificity Movement and Scrambling of Objects in Japanese" (with Kazuhiko Tajima) Proceedings of the 3rd Annual Meeting of the Formal Linguistics Society of Midamerica, Northwestern University.
1992b "Some Notes on Stalnaker's Possible-World Theory of Propositions," George Mason University Working Papers in Linguistics.
1991 "Conditional Protasis and Interrogative Negative Polarity Licensing," in Proceedings of the Second Annual Formal Society of Midamerica, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Oct. 2017 "El Cóndor Pasa y el aspecto linguístico" North Central Council of Latin Americanists, Madison, WI
November 2011 "the Convergence of literacy and oral tradition" STLILLA Symposium on Teaching and Learning Indigenous Languages of Latin America University of Notre Dame
October 2009 "Honrando al primer Runasimista, Ynca Garcilasso" given at the UW-Madison Spanish & Portuguese Dept. Colloquium on Colonial Peru.
August 2008 "Using wayñu lyrics in runasimi instruction: Support from applied linguistics and learning styles" STILLA Indiana University
October 2007 "the Runasimi Vowel System vis-a-vis Kichwa National Reality" given at the North Central Council of Latin Americanists, Eau Claire, WI; Latin America: Change, Identity and Movement
May 1992 "Specificity Movement and the Scrambling of Objects in Japanese" (with Kazuhiko Tajima) at the 3rd Annual Meeting of the Formal Linguistics Society of Midamerica, Northwestern University.
March 1992 "Some Observations on Specific NPs & Their Syntactic Behavior" at the University of Maryland, College Park, seminar on the Syntax of Indefinites.
October 1991 "Quechua Morphology and Universal Grammar," at the International Conference on Andean Languages, Language Policy and Education, University of Delaware.
May 1991 "Conditional Protasis and Interrogative Negative Polarity Licensing," at the Second Annual Formal Linguistics Society of Midamerica, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Feb 1991 "Prolegomena to an Account of Negative Polarity Licensing in Conditional Protasis and Erotetic Environments," at the Midwestern Student Conference on Linguistics, the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
FELLOWSHIPS & GRANTS AWARDED
1. Four academic years of support from the Graduate School of the University of Wisconsin, Madison (Advanced Opportunity Fellowship), (1989 through 1993).
2. 1990 Graduate Student Travel and Research Grant to go to Perú from the National Science Foundation.
3. 2013-2015 Federal TEACHGrant recipient
3. 2014-2016 CTELL (ESL/Bilingual Certification) Scholarship, Edgewood College
PANELS & CONFERENCE SESSIONS CHAIRED
2017 English Language and Science, Technology, Engineering, Math conference, MSOE, Specialist Panel
2007 Mid-America Conference on Hispanic Literature, session on Contemporary Spanish Crime Fiction
2006 National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages, session on Methods, Indigenous Languages
2017-2020 Board of Directors, East Madison Community Center
2019 University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Regional Faculty Associate, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
2019/2020 (winter break) Casa Alitas, Humane Borders, Keep Tuscon Together, Tucson, AZ: made travel arrangements for Spanish-speaking immigrants pending their asylum hearings, checked dessert water stations and interviewed Spanish-speaking detainees
2018 to present, Finance Committee Member and Faculty Representative, Madison Teachers, Inc.
2018/2019 (winter break) Annunciation House, El Paso Texas: made travel arrangements for Central American Immigrants pending their asylum hearings
2008 Collected money for the Peruvian earthquake victims in conjunction with the Red Cross and Hatari Perú, at the Mexican Independence Festival, Madison, WI.
2007 Collected signatures on petition asking for more protection for one of the now Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu, in light of the thousands of daily visitors and the erosion they bring, at the Día de la Independencia del Peru, Madison, WI.
→native speaker of English; speak Spanish fluently and have reading knowledge of French; have skills in Chinese, Japanese, Italian and German.
→extensive Windows, Macintosh OS experience and knowledge of MS Office, network and graphics software, along with troubleshooting ability with hardware
→html coding/bottom-up web site construction
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