Loyola University Maryland

Modern Languages & Literatures

Dr. Tasha N. Lewis

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Assistant Professor of Spanish Language

410-617-5603
tnlewis@loyola.edu
Office: 460 Maryland Hall

Education

  • University of California, Davis, Ph.D. (Spanish Linguistics)
  • California State University, Long Beach, M.A. (Spanish)
  • McGill University, B.A. (Hispanic Studies)

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Cognitive Linguistics
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Speech and Gesture
  • Foreign Language Pedagogy

Recent Courses Taught at Loyola University Maryland

  • SN 101 Introductory Spanish I
  • SN 102 Introductory Spanish II
  • SN 103 Intermediate Spanish I
  • SN 104 Intermediate Spanish II
  • SN 325 Applied Spanish Linguistics
  • SN 320 Introduction to Spanish Linguistics
  • SN 321 Spanish Phonetics and Phonology
  • SN 329 Spanish in the US
  • ML 201 Exploring Languages: Introduction to Linguistics
  • ML 426 Foreign Language Teaching Methodologies

Lectures and Presentations

 Presentations at Scholarly Conferences (Recent and upcoming)

  • Lewis, T., & Kirkhart, M. (2015). Benefit of iconic gestures in second language acquisition: Differential effects on parts of speech, The 13th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference, Northumbria University, UK.
  • Stickles, E., & Lewis, T. (2015). The effects of stimulus modality on interpretation of ambiguous temporal metaphors, The 13th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference, Northumbria University, UK.
  • Kirkhart, M. & Lewis, T. (2014). Vocabulary instruction in second language acquisition: The importance of iconic gestures and the intention to learn. 5th UK Cognitive Linguistics Conference, Lancaster University, United Kingdom.
  • Lewis, T. & Stickles, E. (2014). Does physical co-presence mediate the effects of gesture on spatiotemporal metaphor? Gestural priming in virtual discourse space.  6th Conference of the International Society of Gesture Studies: Gesture - Gesture in Interaction, San Diego, California.
  • Lewis, T. (2014). Engaging Students with Meaningful Conversations. Wiley Faculty Network Making it Personal and Keeping it Real: Relevance and Engagement in Your Spanish Course! Baltimore, Maryland.
  • Lewis, T. (2014). Engaging Students with Meaningful Conversations. Wiley Faculty Network Making it Personal and Keeping it Real: Relevance and Engagement in Your Spanish Course! Temecula, California.
  • Jernigan, H. & Lewis, T. & Hutter, V. (2013). Task-Based 2.0: Engaging the Learner Long-term. American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages: Annual Convention and World Languages Expo, Orlando, Florida.
  • Stickles, E. & Lewis, T. (2013). Can viewpoint and gesture prime spatiotemporal metaphor use?: The function of gestural metaphoric iconicity in resolving linguistic ambiguity. The 12th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference, Edmonton, Canada.
  • Lewis, T. & Kirkhart, M. (2013). Vocabulary instruction in second language acquisition: The effects of iconic gestures on vocabulary retention. The 12th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference, Edmonton, Canada.
  • Stickles, E. & Lewis, T. (2013). Metaphoric gesture primes spatiotemporal metaphor use. Stanford-Berkeley Cognitive Science Talks, Stanford, CA.
  • Lewis, T. & Schneider, H. (2012). Integrating international video chat into the foreign language curriculum. American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages: Annual Convention and World Languages Expo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Parrill, F., Tobin, V., Banzhaf, P., Guarino, C., Hinnell, J., Knox, S., Lewis, T., Paxton, A., Rimehaug, S., Stickles, E. & Valenzano, T. (2012). Defining Co-Presence: The Source for Higher Gesture Rate in Face-to-Face Communication. Empirical Methods in Cognitive Linguistics 6, Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Lewis, T. (2011). The Effect of Study Abroad on Thinking for Speaking Speech and Gesture Patterns.   American Association for Applied Linguistics, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Lewis, T.  (2010). Context is Everything When Learning to Gesture in Another Language. 4th Conference of the International Society of Gesture Studies: Gesture – Evolution, Brain and Linguistic Structures, Frankfurt/Oder, Germany.
  • Lewis, T. (2007). The Role of Gestures in Communication: A Cognitive Perspective. The 34th Annual Linguistics Association of Canada and the US Conference: Speech and Beyond, Richmond, Kentucky.
  • Lewis, T. (2006). El papel de los gestos en la enseñanza de una segunda lengua. XVII Congreso Internacional de la Asociación para la Enseñanza de Español como Lengua Extranjera: Las destrezas orales en la enseñanza del español LE/L2, Logroño, Spain.
  • Lewis, T. (2006). The Role of Teacher Gestures in the Second Language Classroom. The 3rd UC Language Consortium Conference on SLA Theoretical and Pedagogical Perspectives, University of California, Los Angeles, California.
  • Lewis, T. (2006). Teacher Gestural Patterns in the Second Language Classroom. The 4th Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • Lewis, T. (2005). Teacher Gestural Patterns in the Second Language Classroom. Perspectives on Latin American and Iberian Languages, Literatures and Cultures: A multidisciplinary graduate student colloquium, University of California, Davis, California.
  • Lewis, T. (2005). Crossing Frontiers: Gender and Nonverbal Communication in the Foreign Language Classroom. The 28th Annual Meeting of The Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender, Reno, Nevada.

Service, Activities, and Memberships in Academic Societies

Service: College Activities (Representative assignments)

  • 2013 – present: Academic Standards Committee
  • 2012 – present: Department Policy Manual Committee
  • 2012 – present: Transfer Credit Approval advisor for Spanish
  • 2012 – present: Spanish Placement Exam Committee
  • 2011 – present: Undergraduate advisor for Spanish majors and minors
  • 2011 – present: Language Learning Center Oversight Committee
  • 2011 – present: Search Committee for full and part-time Spanish affiliate faculty
  • 2013 – 2014: Enhancement of Teaching and Learning Committee
  • 2012 – 2013: University Board on Discipline Committee
  • 2012 – 2013: Sigma Delta Phi advisor  
  • 2011 – 2015: Coordinator, Spanish 101, 102, 103, 104, 161

Memberships in Academic Societies

  • International Cognitive Linguistics Association (ICLA)
  • International Society for Gesture Studies (ISGS)
  • Multimodality and Gesture Group (MMGG)
  • American Association of University Supervisors and Coordinators (AAUSC)
  • Modern Language Association (MLA) 
  • Linguistic Society of America (LSA)
  • American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL)
  • American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP)
  • Linguistic Association of Canada and the United States (LACUS)
  • Asociación para la enseñanza del español como lengua extranjera (ASELE)

Publications

  • Lewis, T. N. (2015). Creating a micro-immersion environment through telecollaboration. Manuscript submitted for publication.

  • Lewis, T. N., & Kirkhart, M. (2015). The effect of iconic gestures on second language vocabulary retention in a traditional academic setting. Manuscript submitted for publication.

  • Lewis, T. N., & Stickles, E. (2015). Gestural Motion Influences How We Reason About Time. Manuscript submitted for publication.

  • Lewis, T. N., & Schneider, H. (2015).  Integrating international video chat into the foreign language curriculum. International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching, 5 (2), 74-87. doi:10.4018/IJCALLT.2015040105

  • Carrillo Cabello, A., Lewis, T. N., & Welsh, M. (2014). Pura Vida Activities Manual, 1st ed. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

  • Lewis, T. N. (2013). DBR and task-based learning: The ongoing experience of designing a task-based telecollaboration. In C. Pardo Ballester & J. Rodríguez (Eds.), Design-based research in CALL (CALICO Monograph Series, Vol. 11) (pp. 211-233). San Marcos, TX: CALICO.

  • Lewis, T. N. (2012). The effect of context on the L2 thinking for speaking development of path gestures. L2 Journal, 4 (2), 247-268.

  • Lewis, T. N. (2007). El papel de los gestos en la enseñanza de una segunda lengua. XVII Congreso Internacional de la Asociación para la Enseñanza de Español como Lengua Extranjera: Las destrezas orales en la enseñanza del español L2-LE 2 (pp. 737-747). Logroño: La asociación para la enseñanza de español como lengua extranjera.