Alys D. Avalos-Rivera, PhD Student in TESL/Linguistics

MA in Education, Cristóbal Colón University (Mexico)
BA in Education, Veracruz State University (Universidad Veracruzana, Mexico)

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Second language learners and teachers' identities
  • Learners' beliefs
  • Narrative inquiry
  • Discourse analysis 


Avalos-Rivera, A.D. (2015). Generating beliefs about the target language and its culture: A study-abroad experience. MEXTESOL Journal, 33(2), 1-20.

Herrera-Corona, L., Mendoza-Zaragoza, N., & Avalos-Rivera A.D. (2011). E and b-learning in a developing country: A transdisciplinary perspective. In M. Bhattacharya, N. Mach, & M. Moallem (Eds.), Emerging technologies in learning: Impact on cognition and culture (pp. 269-298).

Avalos-Rivera, A. D. (2007). Competencias para la formación inicial para los maestros de inglés. In A.Marín-Marín, & A. Peña (Eds.), Memorias del 3r Foro Nacional de Lenguas Extranjeras, FONAEL 2007, Quintana Roo, Mexico. 

Honors and Offices

CONACYT (Mexican Council of Science and Technology) Grant, 2014 to present

Fulbright-García Robles Grant, 2011-2014

Ravi Sheorey TESL Award for Research Fund, 2015

Graduate Professional Government Students Association Travel Grant, 2014

Academic Chair, TESL-Linguistics Club, OSU 2014-2015
Academic Chair, TESL-Linguistics Club, OSU 2013-2014
Public Relations Officer, OSU Fulbright Students and Scholar Association, OSU 2013-2014
President, OSU Fulbright Students and Scholars Association, OSU 2012-2013
Vice-President, OSU Fulbright Students and Scholars Association, OSU 2012-2013

Conference Presentations

"Conflicting institutional policies and professional identities of NNEST in Mexico." TESOL International Convention, Toronto, Canada, March 27, 2015.

"Learners’ beliefs about the target language and its culture." The 6th Purdue University Graduate Student Symposium on Second Language Studies and English as a Second Language,  West Lafayette, Indiana, April 5, 2014.

 "Language learning histories in the EFL-ESL transition." Annual Conference of the American Association of Applied Linguistics, Dallas, Texas, March 16-19, 2013.

"Mexican learners in the EFL-ESL transition." Annual Humanities Conference, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, March 1-2, 2013.

"Practice makes perfect: A language learning history." OKTESOL Conference, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, November 10, 2012. 

"Pronunciation strategies based on learners’ L2 profiles." OKTESOL Conference, Tulsa, Oklahoma, November 12, 2011. 

Current Research/Articles in Progress

Article in peer-review process: A tale of two shuttles: On the border of telling and retelling
Dissertation: Mexico teachers' identity negotiation