Melanie D'Amico

Melanie D'Amico  Melanie D'Amico, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Spanish and Linguistics
Ph.D., University of Florida
M.A., University of Florida
B.S., Pennsylvania State University
Office: Root Hall, A-154
Phone: (812) 237-2356
Fax: (812) 237-2368
Email: melanie.d'amico@indstate.edu, mdamico@indstate.edu
Courses Publications Recent Conference Presentations  

Biography

Dr. D'Amico has been fascinated by languages and language learning ever since she first enrolled in her middle school Spanish class. She grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area where she had the opportunity to learn about many Spanish-speaking cultures. At Penn State University, Dr. D'Amico received a B.S. degree in Spanish with a business option. Also during this time, she completed a six-month study abroad program at the Universidad de Salamanca in Spain. After graduation, Dr. D'Amico worked at the computer consulting firm, All Star Consulting, Inc. in San Francisco. Although she was pleased to put the business side of her degree to good use, Dr. D'Amico knew that her true passion was the Spanish language and she decided to return to school to study Hispanic Linguistics. Dr. D'Amico received a M.A. degree in Spanish and a Ph.D. in Romance Languages from the University of Florida with a specialization in Hispanic Linguistics. During these programs, Dr. D'Amico taught various Spanish courses as a teaching assistant and served as the assistant to the beginning level program. In addition to her Spanish and Linguistics coursework, Dr. D'Amico also studied Italian during her time at UF and participated in an intensive six-week study abroad program at the Torre di Babele Language School in Rome. Dr. D'Amico became an Assistant Professor at ISU in 2010 and is very pleased to be a part of the ISU family.

Courses


Publications

D'Amico, M. (2014). Comentario sobre el artículo de Maripaz García: El problema de los pronombres para los aprendices de español como segunda lengua. Revista Nebrija de Lingüística Aplicada 16.  (click here for online version)

D'Amico, M. (2013). "Approaching the direct object pronouns: How much grammatical form is necessary in instruction?" Open Journal of Modern Linguistics 3 (4).

D'Amico, M. (2012). "L2 fluency and Willingness to Communicate: The impact of short-term study abroad versus at-home study." US-China Foreign Language 10 (10). 1608-1625. (click here for online version)

D'Amico, M. (2010). The Effects of Intensive Study Abroad and At Home Language Programs on Second Language Acquisition of Spanish (Doctoral dissertation, University of Florida, 2010).

D'Amico, M. (2007). "El uso de los pronombres reflexivos del español como lengua extranjera al nivel principiante." Conference Proceedings, Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities. 1190-1203.

 

Recent Conference Presentations

Oral Communication Strategies of Beginner Level Spanish Learners: Does Instruction Have an Impact? with Jackie Markle (MA, 2012), American Association of Applied Linguistics, 2013

"Italian is my passion!" Exploring L2 Identity Creation. Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, 2013

Advantages of additional classroom time: a comparison investigation of study abroad and at home programs, Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, 2012

L2 fluency and Willingness to Communicate: the impact of short-term study abroad versus at-home study, American Association of Applied Linguistics, 2011

The role of learning contexts on L2 fluency and Willingness to Communicate: the impact of intensive study abroad versus at-home study, Poster Presentation, Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, 2010