Diana Pulido

Assistant Professor

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Diana Pulido is assistant professor in the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages at Michigan State University. Her main research interests are second language reading development and vocabulary acquisition. She investigates vocabulary learning and retention that originate from the interaction between cognitive, proficiency, and linguistic variables during reading (e.g., background knowledge, L2 reading proficiency, language use habits, passage sight vocabulary, morphology). She also conducts multi-componential studies addressing the roles of individual differences in second language reading and vocabulary development. These collaborative projects are measuring the effects of genre and reading and vocabulary tasks on second language reading and vocabulary performance. They are also investigating the relationships between factors such as L2 lexical and grammatical knowledge, motivation, working memory, intelligence, aptitude, language use and interaction habits, personality, and L1 verbal ability. She has published articles in leading journals and gives talks on her research findings at prominent national and international conferences.

She is core faculty in the PhD in SLS (Second Language Studies) program and the MA TESOL program and offers undergraduate and graduate courses on Second and Foreign Language Learning, Research Methods in SLA, Second Language Reading and Vocabulary Acquisition, and Teaching Methods. She has directed and served on multi-disciplinary MA thesis and PhD dissertation committees at the University of Illinois and Michigan State University. She has over 10 years of experience teaching all levels of university Spanish. She has also taught English as a foreign language in Madrid, Spain, in the private sector. Prior to coming to MSU she held positions in Spanish Pedagogy and Applied Linguistics and served as Director of Spanish Language Instruction (Texas Tech University and Washington State University). In these positions she offered courses on Foreign Language Teaching Methodology, Teaching Practicums, Computer Assisted Language Learning, and Introduction to Linguistic Theory. Diana gives presentations and workshops on foreign language pedagogical matters to modern and ancient foreign language teachers and scholars in a variety of settings.

PUBLICATIONS

  • “Revisiting the MLA report on reconfiguring language programs: The role of reading” in a Special issue of Reading in a Foreign Language (Co-edited with Cindy Brantmeier, 2010, forthcoming).
  • Pulido, D. (2009). How involved are American L2 learners of Spanish in lexical input processing tasks during reading? Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 31, 31-58. (Cambridge University Press).
  • Pulido, D.(2009). Developing reading skills in a foreign/second language. In Extensive Reading in English Language Teaching (Ed. Andrzej Cirocki), 27-45. Munich, Germany: LINCOM EUROPA Studies in Second Language Teaching.
  • Pulido, D. (2009). Vocabulary processing and acquisition through reading: Evidence for the rich getting richer. In Second Language Reading Research and Instruction: Crossing the Boundaries (Eds. ZhaoHong Han and Neil J. Anderson), 65-82. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.
  • Pulido, D. (2007). The relationship between text comprehension and second language incidental vocabulary acquisition: A matter of topic familiarity? In K. Koda (Ed.), Reading and Language Learning (155-199). Best of Language Learning Series. (Blackwell Publishing)
  • Pulido, D. (2007). The effects of topic familiarity and passage sight vocabulary on L2 lexical inferencing and retention through reading. Applied Linguistics, 28, 1, 66-86. (Oxford University Press)
  • Pulido, D. (2004). The relationshipship between text comprehension and second language incidental vocabulary acquisition: A matter of topic familiarity? Language Learning, 54, 3, 469-523. (Blackwell Publishing)
  • Pulido, D. (2003). Modeling the role of L2 proficiency and topic familiarity in L2 incidental vocabulary acquisition through reading. Language Learning, 53, 2, 233-284. (Blackwell Publishing)
BOOK REVIEWS
  • Review of McDonough, K., & Trofimovich, P. (2008). Using Priming Methods in Second Language Research. Routledge. For The Modern Language Journal, (forthcoming).
  • Review of Nation, P., & Gu, P. (2007). Focus on Vocabulary. Australia: National Centre for English Language Teaching and Research. Macquarie University. Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 30, 3, (2008).
  • Review of Bogaards, P., & Laufer, B. (Eds.). (2004). Vocabulary in A Second Language. Amsterdam/ Philadelphia: John Benjamins. Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 28,1, (2006).
GRANTS
  • Pulido, D. (PI) Language Learning - Small Grants research funding program. Determinants of Second Language Literacy: A Psychometric Perspective. Funded - $10,000.00
  • Linguistics and Languages Research Enhancement Funding - 2006 - Determinants of Second Language Literacy: A Psychometric Perspective. Awarded

PEDAGOGY WORKSHOPS

  • 2007- 2008. Importing Second Language Acquisition Insights for Ancient Language Acquisition. SLA consultantfor COHELET project and workshop - Communicative Hebrew Learning and Teaching Design Team - Ashland University - Ashland, OH
  • 2006. Communicative Teaching of Ancient Hebrew Project: Insights from SLA. SLA consultant for COHELET project and workshop - Communicative Hebrew Learning and Teaching Design Team - Ashland University - Ashland, OH
  • 2006. Authentic Reading and Communication Activities in the Foreign Language Classroom through the WWW. Session presentation at World Languages Day, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI - April 22
  • 2004. Adapting Multimedia and WebCT Communication Tools for Independent Foreign Language Learning Opportunities. Faculty workshop for the Dept.of Foreign Languages and Cultures, Washington State University, Pullman, WA - November 9
  • 2004. Using Technology to Motivate Students and Promote Foreign Language/Culture Acquisition. Faculty workshop for the Dept. of Foreign Languages and Cultures, Washington State University, Pullman, WA - April 6
  • 2003. Promoting Communicative Interaction in the Foreign Language Classroom.Organized workshop for In-Service Workshop/ Symposium for Secondary Education Teachers: “From High School to a Fruitful Career: The Role of Foreign Languages & Bilingual Education” Washington State University, Pullman, WA - March 29

CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS

  • Individual Differences in Text and Lexical Input Processing

Pulido, D. (PI) ; Co-Investigators - Hambrick, D.Z. (MSU Cognitive Psychology), RA - Marthe Russell (MSU - PhD in SLS). Multi-componential research on individual differences in L1 (English) and L2 (Spanish) text (reading) and lexical (vocabulary) input processing under incidental and intentional task andlearning conditions modeling the role of cognitive, linguistic, L1 and L2 language learning experience factors. N = 206.

  • Determinants of Second Language Literacy: A Psychometric Perspective

Pulido, D. (PI); Co-Investigators - Hambrick, D.Z., (MSU Cognitive Psychology) & Leeser, M. (Florida State University, Modern Languages & Linguistics) RA- Marthe Russell (MSU - PhD in SLS). Supported through Language Learning Small Grant research funding program (2007-2008). Multi-componential research on individual differences in L2 Spanish expository and narrative reading modeling the simultaneous contributions of cognitive, linguistic, meta-cognitive, motivational, L1, and L2 language learning experience factors. N = 315.

EDUCATION

PhD - University of Illinois, Urbana, IL (2000) - Spanish with certificate in Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education (SLATE)

MA - University of Washington, Seattle, WA (1995) - Romance Linguistics  

BA - Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ (1988) - Spanish, Latin American Emphasis

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Contact Information:

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Diana Pulido
A-744 Wells Hall
Dept. of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI, 48824-1027
phone: 517-353-6432 fax: 517-432-2736
e-mail: pulidod@msu.edu