Photo: Valparaiso, Chile

Danya Ramírez Gómez

danyaramirezg at gmail.com

Research profile and access to publications

RESEARCH FOCUS

At the moment I am following two lines of research:

Introduction of theoretical notions of linguistics into the contents approached in foreign language education for adults

Foreign language education for older adults (60+) and critical foreign language geragogy

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

2015 (March) Doctor of Philosophy in Linguistics and Language Sciences. Thesis title: "Self-regulation and experience in foreign language learning: A comprehensive analysis of the older-learner classroom". Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, Graduate School of Foreign Language Studies.

2010 (March) MA Degree in Linguistics. Thesis title: “Semántica de las construcciones pasivas del español y del japonés: la cuantificación de los eventos” (“Semantics of passive constructions in Spanish and Japanese: quantification of events”). Kobe City University of Foreign Studies in Kobe, Graduate School of Foreign Language Studies.

2006 (April) to 2008 (March) Research Program at Kobe City University of Foreign Studies in Kobe, Japan. Fields: SLA; Passive Voice in Japanese; Uses of SE in Spanish.

2006 (Oct.) Certificate of Successful Completion of the Intensive Japanese Language Course. Kobe University, Japan.

2004 (Sept.) BA Degree in Applied Linguistics and Translation - English and Japanese Languages. Thesis title: “Meirekei y Kenjougo: Hacia un acercamiento entre los roles lingüísticos en el japonés actual” (“Meirekei and Kenjougo: Towards an approach between linguistic roles in today’s Japanese language”). Universidad de Santiago de Chile.

BOOKS AND BOOK CHAPTERS

Ramírez Gómez, Danya. 2016. Language Teaching and the Older Adult: The Significance of Experience. Bristol ; Buffalo: Multilingual Matters.

Romero Díaz, Danya Ramírez Gómez and Montserrat Sanz Yagüe. 2014. "La lingüística y la psicolingüística en la formación del profesorado de lenguas" (“Linguistics and Psycholinguistics in the education of language instructors”). In N. Conteras Izquierdo (Ed.), La enseñanza del español como LE / L2 en el siglo XXI. España: Copysan.

PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLES 

Ramírez-Gómez, Danya, Arturo Escandón. (Accepted for publication). Validating Learning Profiles as an Alternative Approach to the Study of the Effects of Learning Experiences. Electronic Journal of Foreign Language Teaching. National University of Singapore.

Ramírez-Gómez, Danya, Montserrat Sanz. (Accepted for publication). Corpus-based foreign-language textbooks: Using the cognitive resources of older learners efficiently. Linguarum Arena. Universidade do Porto.

Ramírez Gómez, Danya. 2016. Critical geragogy and foreign language learning: An exploratory application. Educational Gerontology Vol. 43, Num. 2, pp. 136-146.

Sanz Yagüe, Montserrat, Danya Ramírez Gómez, Juan Romero Díaz. 2015. Allanando el camino de la adquisición: de la lingüística a la gramática (Smoothing the path to acquisition: from linguistics to grammar). Cuadernos CANELA Vol. 26, pp. 107-126.

Ramírez Gómez, Danya. 2014. "Older-Adult Foreign Language Learning: Instructors’ Beliefs and Some Recommendations". In N. Sonda and A. Krause (Eds.), JALT2013 Conference Proceedings. Tokyo: JALT.

MONOGRAPHS AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS

Sanz Yagüe, Montserrat, Arturo Escandón Godoy, Juan Romero Díaz, Danya Ramírez Gómez & Roger Civit Contra. 2015. Enseñar español en Japón. Guía sobre algunos aspectos de la enseñanza a japoneses (Teaching Spanish in Japan. Guide about some aspects of teaching Japanese students). Annals of Foreign Studies. Vol. 89. Kobe City University of Foreign Studies.

Ramírez Gómez, Danya. 2015. Self-reports in vocabulary learning strategy research. Annals of Foreign Studies. Vol. 65. Kobe City University of Foreign Studies.

Ramírez Gómez, Danya. 2012. “Aspectos sobre la adquisición de lenguas por parte de adultos mayores: un cambio de perspectiva” (“Aspects concerning language acquisition by senior citizens: a change of perspective”). In Annals of Foreign Studies. Vol. 63. Kobe City University of Foreign Studies.

Ramírez Gómez, Danya. 2012. “La enseñanza de lenguas en la tercera edad” (“Language teaching for the Third age”). In Boletín de la Asociación Japonesa de Hispanistas, Núm. 19, pp. 11-13.

Ramírez Gómez, Danya. 2010. “Las construcciones pasivas del japonés y el cuantificador evento” (“Passive Constructions in Japanese and the Event Quantifier”). In Interlingüística XX. Asociación de Jóvenes Lingüistas, España. 

Ramírez Gómez, Danya. 2009. “El cuantificador evento y las construcciones pasivas del español” (“The Event Quantifier and Passive Constructions in Spanish”). In Iberia Bungaku-Gogaku Kenkyuu, Dai 9 Gou [Iberia: Literature- Linguistics Research, Vol. 9]. Kobe City University of Foreign Studies.

TALKS, WORKSHOPS AND POSTERS

Ramírez Gómez, Danya, Sanz Yagüe, Montserrat. 2016. "Predicación de nivel individual y de nivel de estadio: Lo que subyace a algunas dificultades con ser/estar y el uso del presente" (Individual and stage level predications: What underlies some difficult aspects of the use of ser/estar and present tense). Workshop presented at the XXVIII Conference of CANELA (Japanese, Spanish and Latin American Academic Confederation) at the Embassy of Spain, Tokyo, Japan, May 15th, 2016.

Ramírez Gómez, Danya. 2014.  "Applying critical geragogy to foreign language education: learner re-training in the classroom". Session at the Fifth Conference of ESREA's Network in the Education and Learning of Older Aduts on October 23rd, 2014, at University of Malta (Malta).

Sanz, Montserrat, Danya Ramírez Gómez and Juan Romero Díaz. 2014. “Allanando el camino de la     adquisición: de la lingüística a la gramática” (“Smoothing the Path to Acquisition: From Linguistics to Grammar”). Guest speaker at the XXVI Conference of CANELA (Japanese, Spanish and Latin American Academic Confederation) on May 10th, 2014, at University Kansai Gaidai (Japan).

Ramírez Gómez, Danya. 2014. “Vocabulary Consolidation Strategies in Senior Learners: a Descriptive Study that Challenges Some of the Current Views on Vocabulary Learning”. Poster presented at the 2014 Conference of the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) on March 23, 2014.

Ramírez Gómez, Danya. 2013. "Singularidades del aula de L2 para el adulto mayor". Workshop presented at the 39th Annual International Conference on Language Teaching and Learning (JALT), held in Kobe (Japan) on October 25-28, 2013.

Romero Díaz, Juan, Danya Ramírez Gómez and Montserrat Sanz Yagüe. 2013. "La lingüística y la psicolingüística en la formación del profesorado de lenguas". Workshop presented at XXIV Congress of the Association for the Teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language (ASELE), held in University of Jaén (Spain) on September 18-20, 2013. 

Ramírez Gómez, Danya. 2012. “Factores cognitivos en el aprendizaje de una L2: Aspectos relevantes y difusos sobre la memoria y el envejecimiento” (“Cognitive factors in second language learning: relevant and unclear aspects about memory and aging”). Plenary session as a guest speaker at the III Training session for teachers of Spanish as a foreign language at University of Chulalongkorn. Bangkok, November 3rd, 2012.

Ramírez Gómez, Danya. 2010. “Cuantificación eventiva en las construcciones pasivas del español y el japonés: la relevancia de la telicidad y los adjuntos” (“Eventive quantification in passive constructions in Spanish and Japanese: the relevance of telicity and adjuncts”). Plenary session at the LVI Congreso de la Asociación Japonesa de Hispanistas at Kansai University. Osaka, October 31st, 2010.

Ramírez Gómez, Danya. 2010. “Semántica de las construcciones pasivas del español y del japonés: la cuantificación de los eventos” (“Semantics of passive constructions in Spanish and Japanese: the quantification of events”). Guest speaker at Universidad de Santiago de Chile. Santiago, May 17th, 2010.

Ramírez Gómez, Danya. 2009. “Estructura Cuantificacional del Evento Pasivo en Español” (“Quantificational Structure of the Passive Event in Spanish”). Talk at the Círculo de Lingüística Hispánica de Kansai. Osaka, July 26th, 2009.

Ramírez Gómez, Danya. 2009. “Las Construcciones Pasivas del Japonés y el Cuantificador Evento” (“Passive Constructions in Japanese and the Event Quantifier”). Sectional session at the XXIV Encuentro Internacional de Jóvenes Lingüistas. Barcelona, May 7th, 2009.

Sanz, Montserrat, Santiago Rodríguez & Danya Ramírez Gómez. 2007. “Top-down and Bottom-up Knowledge in L2 Acquisition. A Case Study of Japanese Speakers Learning Spanish”. Plenary session at the Japan Second Language Association Conference. Shizuoka, May 20th, 2007.

ARTICLES AND TALKS IN FIELDS OTHERS THAN LINGUISTICS

Ramírez Gómez, Danya. 2010. “Harmony in Japan Through the Eyes of a Chilean: Public and Private”. Article published in Inter-Japec: Jidou-eigo-kouryuu-jouhoushi, No.102, October, 2010.

Sanz, Montserrat, Roger Civit, Santiago Rodríguez & Danya Ramírez Gómez. 2007. “Gurobaru-na-sekai-no-jyuumin-he“ (“Becoming a Member of a Globalized World”). Talk given at Tatsuno Public High School (in Japanese), February, 2007.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2017 (March) Substitute teacher of Spanish 201, Latin American Culture (Spanish Level 300) and Spanish for the Professions (Spanish level 400) at Ferris State University

2017 (January-present) Adjunct Professor of Spanish 101 and Japanese 101 at Ferris State University

2015 (April-present) P/T Planning and teaching of an experimental course of "learner re-training" for older adults

2013 (April-present) P/T Professor of Latin American Culture at Kobe University of Foreign Studies

2012 (April-present) P/T Professor of Spanish Language at Kwansei Gakuin University

2012 (Nov.- present) - irregularly - P/T English Teacher (senior citizens) at Silver College, Kobe, Japan 

2011 (Sept.) to 2013 (March) P/T English Teacher at Shinwa Girls High School, Kobe, Japan

2011 (April) to 2013 (March) P/T English Teacher for adults at Kobe YMCA

2011 (April) to 2013 (March) P/T English Teacher for Elementary School Students (Ontario Curriculum) at Osaka YMCA International School

2011 (April-October) P/T English Teacher at Gakuentoshi Kindergarten, Kobe, Japan

2011 (April) to 2012 (March) P/T English Teacher (children- cram school) at Interac Co., Ltd.

2010 (Sept.) to 2012 (Sept.) P/T English and Spanish Teacher (children and adults; conversational English, TOEIC preparation; basic Spanish and English) at Clé école Language School, Kobe, Japan

2009 (Nov.) to 2010 (Dec.) - irregularly - P/T Spanish Teacher (senior citizens; beginners, basic and middle level Spanish) at UNITY- University City Community Association of Kobe, Japan

2008 and 2009 P/T English Teaching Staff in Awaji Summer Camp for Japanese Children for JAPEC (Japan).

2005 (July-Dec.) P/T English teacher (adults; business English) at The English Connection Institute (Chile)

2005 (June-Nov.) P/T English teacher (adults; business English) at InBusiness Institute (Chile)

2005 (March-Dec.) P/T English and Japanese teacher (adults; business English; basic Japanese) at Tagler S.A. (Chile)

2004 (June-Dec.) P/T Spanish teacher (Japanese adults; survival Spanish) at EMDEPES S.A. (Chile)

2004 (March-Dec.) Teaching Assistant (teaching and other tasks) for the Japanese Department, Universidad de Santiago de Chile

2001 (March-Dec.) Teaching Assistant (teaching and other tasks) for the Portuguese Department, Universidad de Santiago de Chile

ACADEMIC ACCOMPLISHMENT

2013 (April) Rotary Yoneyama Foundation Scholarship for Doctorate Students (two years)

2012 (April) JASSO Scholarship (one year)

2008 (April) Extension of Full Scholarship for pursuing a MA Degree Program by the Ministry of Education of Japan (two years)

2005 (Dec.) Full Scholarship for Research (two years starting in April, 2006) by the Ministry of Education of Japan

2004 (Dec.) Best Academic Record of the Class Award at Universidad de Santiago de Chile

2004 (July) Full Scholarship to participate in the International Youth Development Exchange Program Tokyo – Kyoto, Japan by the Japanese Government 

2003 (Nov.) Year 2002 Applied Linguistics and Translation Program’s Best Student Award at Universidad de Santiago de Chile

2001 (July) Year 2000 School of Liberal Arts Outstanding Student Award at Universidad de Santiago de Chile

ASSOCIATIONS

American Association of Applied Linguistics - AAAL (United States)

Asociación para la enseñanza del español como lengua extranjera - ASELE (Spain)

Kansai Hispanic Linguistics Circle - (Japan)

Japanese Association for Language Teaching - JALT (Japan) 

LANGUAGES

Spanish: Native Level

English: Advanced Level (TOEFL iBT 115)

Japanese: Japanese Language Proficiency Certificate. Association of International Education, Japan and The Japan Foundation. Level 2 (previous to native level)

Portuguese: Basic Level