Dr Constanza Tolosa

EdD, MA Applied Linguistics, MA Education, BA

Biography

Dr Constanza Tolosa is a Lecturer in the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Faculty of Education.

Constanza has been a language educator in her native Colombia, in the United States, and in New Zealand. She has worked in pre-service and in-service teacher education, and held different administrative positions in bilingual education before coming to New Zealand.

Research | Current

The focus of Constanza's research is learning and teaching of additional (foreign / international) languages. Her research interests include teachers’ beliefs and practices, language learning / teaching, language teacher education, and the use of technologies in language teaching. Constanza's current areas of research include the implementation of the Learning Languages curriculum in primary schools in New Zealand and the use of technologies in language teaching and language teacher education.

Current Projects

  • Enhancing the intercultural capability of students of additional languages in New Zealand’s intermediate schools (TLRI funded project)
  • Future-oriented teacher education and professional learning: Evolving and adapting pedagogies when teaching with mobile technologies (FRDF funded project)
  • Teachers’ and students’ perspectives on on-line languages programmes offered by the Virtual Learning Network Primary (ALLIS funded project)

Recent Projects

  • Making learning visible through feedback via mobile technologies
  • On-line written peer feedback between foreign language school-aged beginners

Teaching | Current

  • EDCURSEC 668 to 675: Teaching Languages in Secondary Schools
  • EDPROFST 360: Teaching Languages in Schools

Postgraduate supervision

Current

  • Doctoral supervision: Addressing EFL teachers’ cognitions and practices about oral interaction through a professional development programme in Chile – Paloma Calderon
  • Doctoral supervision: First language reflection on second language writing: Impact and implications - Anne Scott
  • Doctoral supervision: An exploratory study of Chinese university EFL teachers’ cognitions and practices about grammar teaching - Qiang Sun
  • Doctoral supervision: Intercultural Communicative Competence in New Zealand teachers of Languages - Elba Ramirez
  • Doctoral supervision: Task-Based Language Teaching and Technology in university EFL teaching - Lingling Guan
  • Doctoral supervision: A pedagogical framework for designing critical thinking instruction using literature for thesis writing - Santha Thanasingam
  • Doctoral supervision: Computer versus Pen-and-Paper Writing Tasks: Does the Medium Really Matter? - Maria Guapacha Chamorro
  • Doctoral supervision: Mobile Assisted Language Learning (MALL) model in the Pakistani context - Uzma Rana
  • Doctoral supervision: Teaching of Chinese as a Foreign Languages in New Zealand universities - Pengfei Zhao
  • Doctoral supervision: Second Language Acquisition processes on students with learning difficulties - Michele Giron Leclair
  • Masters supervision: The role of digital technologies in the provision of equitable formative feedback - Florence Lyons

Completed

  • Doctoral supervision: Fostering peer interactions in online learning environments: The potential of videoconferencing for interactional abilities of foreign language learners in New Zealand secondary schools – Martina Kopf (2016)
  • Masters supervision: Revitalising Gaeilge in Ireland based on successful strategies for the efforts revitalisation of te reo Māori in New Zealand and Cymraeg in Wales - Kirsty Davin (2016)
  • Masters supervision: Signs of our times: The usage of MALL in the primary language classroom - Sian Draper (2016)
  • Masters supervision: The implementation of the Learning Languages curriculum in New Zealand intermediate schools: challenges and solutions- Ali Husain (2015)
  • Masters supervision: Second language teaching in Bahrain: From theory to practice - Zainab Alhayki      (2013)
  • Masters dissertation: Beliefs of effective reading teachers working with six year old struggling readers in New Zealand schools - Dianne LaTrobe (2012)
  • Masters thesis: Cambodian rural and city parents’ involvement in their children’s education – Nakry Sao (2011)
  • Masters dissertation: “It Took Time!”  Exploring Positive Race Relations in a South Auckland Secondary School – Shaquelle Maybury (2011)

Research students interested in the following topics are invited to contact this supervisor:

  • (Foreign) Language teaching and learning
  • Use of technologies for learning and teaching languages
  • Teachers’ beliefs
  • Bilingual education
  • Language teacher education

Distinctions/Honours

University of Auckland International Doctoral Scholarship

Responsibilities

Associate Head of School: Research 2015 - 2016

Areas of expertise

  • Language Education: teaching of additional languages in schools, teaching of English as a Second / Foreign Languages, bilingual education
  • Language Teacher Education
  • E-learning (in language education, in teacher education)
  • Teachers’ beliefs and practices

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Faculty of Education Research Committee member
  • Faculty of Education Postgraduate Advisor
  • School of Curriculum and Pedagogy Research Committee member

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Tolosa, C., Ordóñez CL, & Guevara, D. C. (2017). Language learning shifts and attitudes towards language learning in an online tandem program for beginner writers. Profile Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 19 (1), 105-118. 10.15446/profile.v19n1.53955
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/34905
  • Tolosa, C., Heap, R., Ovens, A., & Garbett, D. (2016). Pedagogical hesitations in a mobile technology rich learning environment: A self-study of redefining expertise. In D. Garbett, A. Ovens (Eds.) Being self-study researchers in a digital world: Future oriented research and pedagogy in teacher education (pp. 117-131). Singapore: Springer. 10.1007/978-3-319-39478-7_9
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Dawn Garbett, Alan Ovens, Rena Heap
  • Tolosa, C., Ordonez, C. L., & Alfonso, T. (2015). Online peer feedback between Colombian and New Zealand FL beginners: A comparison and lessons learned. Profile Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 17 (1), 73-86. 10.15446/profile.v17n1.41858
  • Tolosa, C., Villers, H., & East, M. (2015). Intercultural Possibilities of Foreign Language Writing Exchanges Online. In M. B. Paradowski (Ed.) Productive foreign language skills for an intercultural world. A guide (not only) for teachers (pp. 133-146). Frankfurt/Main, Germany: Peter Lang. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/27307
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Helen Villers, Martin East
  • Tolosa, C., East, M., & Villers, H. (2015). Motivating twenty-first-century learners: The impact of an online reciprocal peer-tutoring initiative for foreign language learning. Motivation, Leadership and Curriculum Design: Engaging the Net Generation and 21st Century Learners (pp. 137-149). 10.1007/978-981-287-230-2_11
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Martin East, Helen Villers

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Level 5 , Room 558
EPSOM CAMPUS, 74 EPSOM AVE
EPSOM
AUCKLAND 1023
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