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My name is José Villalobos and I am from Maracaibo. Venezuela. I have been living in Mérida for more than 20 years and working at the University of Los Andes for the same length of time. I did my B.A. in Modern Languages and Education at the University of Zulia (Maracaibo), and earned my degree in 1983. Then, in 1985, I earned my M.A. in Linguistics for English Language Teaching from the University of Lancaster in England. A few years later, in 1992, I went to The University of Iowa to work on my Ph.D. and finished my doctoral studies in 1996.

I have been working at the University of Los Andes since 1986, teaching undergraduate courses in English (levels I & II), English for Academic Purposes (Reading Courses in Geography), Reading and Writing in English, Foreign Language Teaching Methods (undergraduate and graduate levels), and several courses in the M.A. Program in Foreign Language Education in the School of Modern Languages in the same university. I have also taught courses in Research Methods, Second Language Acquisition, Evaluation in Foreign Language Courses, Writing M.A. Thesis, and Seminars on Qualitative Research in the Doctoral Program in Education in the same institution. 

I also have some teaching experience at the tertiary level in the United States. While pursuing my Ph.D. in the interdisciplinary program English Education (Language, Literacy, and Culture) in the College of Education at The University of Iowa, I worked as a Teaching Assistant in Intermediate Spanish for four and a half years in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. In that capacity, I taught second-year Spanish, and I also coordinated the third-semester course and was selected to teach the master class (observed regularly by new instructors). Later on, in 2004, I taught Writing in Spanish for native speakers of English while I was a Fulbright Fellow, conducting research on Second Language Acquisition and Second Language Writing in the Writing Center at The University of Iowa.

My scholarship, inspired by my doctoral dissertation on how writing was taught in an English as a Second Language (ESL) class at a major American Midwestern university, has largely concerned the teaching and learning of reading and writing modes in English as a foreign language and Spanish as a first/foreign language. I have also worked on teacher education programs, using a qualitative approach to research. I have presented papers in local, national, and international conferences, and published articles and books related to the teaching of reading and writing, qualitative research, and the teaching of foreign languages.

I trust this information has acquainted you with my educational, professional, and work backgrounds.

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