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Kalinka Velasco

Kalinka Velasco
Universidad Autónoma Benito Juárez de Oaxaca
Facultad de Idiomas
Av. Universidad s/n Col. ExHacienda Cinco Señores
Oaxaca, Oaxaca
México, C.P. 68120


Research Interests
Adult Second Language Acquisition (Generative Framework) and Applied Linguistics: acquisition of functional categories and variability in the interlanguage grammar at initial, intermediate, advanced and ultimate attainment levels. Also, Second Language Acquisition (English and Spanish) by speakers of other L1 languages: mental representations, the status of functional categories and related parameterized properties (e.g. DPs, NPs, VPs, CPs, Definiteness, Tense, Aspect, Mood, etc.); the role and nature of input in L2 acquisition; the effect of instruction in L2; the role of non-linguistic factors in L2 acquisition.

Ph.D. University of Essex, UK, 2008
B.A. Universidad Autónoma Benito Juárez de Oaxaca, Mexico, 1999

PROMEP-SEP Grant, Mexico, 2008
CONACyT Graduate Scholarship, Mexico, 2002-2008
Summer Internship Award, Mexican Academy of Sciences, 1998
Undergraduate Scholarship, Kalamazoo College, USA, 1996

Teaching Experience
English as a Foreign Language teacher, Graduate Level, Universidad Autónoma Benito Juárez de Oaxaca, Mexico, 2008
TESOL/ELT teacher, Undergraduate Level, Universidad Autónoma Benito Juárez de Oaxaca, Mexico, 1997-2002
English as a Foreign Language teacher, High School Level, Instituto Luis Sarmiento A.C., 1999-2002
Spanish Teaching Assistant, Kalamazoo College; Kalamazoo, Mich. USA, 1996-1997

Professional Service
Coordinator of the English Academy monthly meetings, Facultad de Idiomas, Universidad Autónoma Benito Juárez de Oaxaca, 2008


Hawkins, S. Al-Eid, I. Almahboob, P. Athanasopoulos, R. Chaengchenkit, J. Hu, M. Rezai, C. Jaensch, Y. Jeon, A. Jiang, I. Leung, K. Matsunaga, M. Ortega, G. Sarko, N. Snape, K. Velasco-Zarate (2006). Non-target-like article use in L2 English - implications for current UG-based theories of SLA. In Susan H. Foster-Cohen, Marta Medved Krajnovic, Jelena Mihaljevic Djigunovic (Eds.). John Benjamins Publishing Company. Amsterdam/Philadelphia.

Velasco- Zarate, K. (2006) Mood-determined specificity in L2 Spanish: evidence from L1 Japanese and English speakers. In Proceedings of the 8th Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition Conference (GASLA 2006); ed, Mary Grantham O'Brien, Christine Shea, and John Archibald. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project

Velasco- Zarate, K. (2006) Article Selection and Definiteness in advanced L2 Spanish: Evidence from English and Japanese Speakers. Paper presented at EUROSLA, Antalya Turkey.

Velasco-Zarate, K. (2005) Acquisition of L2 Mood-determined Specificity in L2 Spanish. CamLing. The University of Cambridge Third Postgraduate Conference in Language Research. Cambridge University, UK. Proceedings available http://www.cilr.cam.ac.uk