Publications (please go to Research Gate for copies of papers)

  • Lopez-Ozieblo, R. (accepted). Proposing a revised functional classification of pragmatic gestures. Lingua.

  • Lopez-Ozieblo, R. (under review). A multimodal cognitive approach to aid the conceptualization of utterances with ‘se’. Cognitive Linguistics.

  • Lopez-Ozieblo, R. (accepted). The meaning of teachers’ negations in Hong Kong classrooms interpreted from their co-occurring gestures. In M. Roitman and M. Garcia Negroni (Eds.), The Multidimensionality of Negation. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Co.

  • Lopez-Ozieblo, R. (under review). Improving second language writing across the disciplines: resources for content teachers. In M. Carrió Pastor (Ed.). Teaching language and content in multilingual classrooms: CLIC and EMI approaches.

  • Lopez-Ozieblo, R. (under review). Learning from a Corpus of Students’ Academic Writing. In Francisco J. Álvarez-Gil and Marina Bondi (Eds).


  • Lopez-Ozieblo, R. (Sept. 2019). Cut-offs and co-occurring gestures: Similarities between speakers’ first and second languages. International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching (IRAL).



  • Lopez-Ozieblo, R. (November, 2017). Independent ESP learners: The case for blended learning. In R. Muñoz-Luna & L. Taillefer (eds.), Integrating Information and Communication Technologies in English for Specific Purposes (pp. 37-56). New York: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-68926-5_4 ISSN / ISBN 978-3-319-68925-8 (Print) / 978-3-319-68926-5 (Online)

  • Lopez-Ozieblo, R. (2017). Cut-offs and Gestures: Analytical Tools to Understand a Second Language Speaker. In C. Vargas-Sierra (ed.), Professional and Academic Discourse: an Interdisciplinary Perspective (vol 2, 60-68). Alicante: EPiC Series in Language and Linguistics.

  • Lopez-Ozieblo, R. & McNeill, D. (April, 2017). Exchange on gesture-speech unity: What it is, where it came from. In R. Breckinridge Church, Martha W. Alibali and Spencer Kelly (Eds.), Why Gesture?: How the hands function in speaking, thinking and communicating (pp. 103-125). Philadelphia, PA: John Benjamins Publishing Co. https://doi.org/10.1075/gs.7.06lop ISSN / ISBN 9789027228499 (book)

  • Lopez-Ozieblo, R. (2017). Creando intimidad mediante los comportamientos no verbales. In S. Fernandez Medina (Ed.), Almudena Grandes : memoria, compromiso y resistencia. Granada, Spain: Valparaiso Ediciones.


  • Lopez-Ozieblo, R. (2016). Estudio sobre la producción de gestos en estudiantes de lenguas extranjeras. Didáctica. Lengua y Literatura, 28, 165-180.

  • Lopez-Ozieblo, R. (2016). Book review: “Context, Individual Differences and Pragmatic Competence Naoko Taguchi (2012) Multilingual Matters”. East Asian Pragmatics, 1 (2), 277-281.

  • Lopez-Ozieblo, R. (2016). Adquiriendo ELE a través de los personajes de Almudena Grandes. Revista Foro de Profesores de ELE, 12, 147-155


  • Lopez-Ozieblo, R. (2015). Cultural aspects of immediacy in an Asian classroom. ELIA,15, 13-34.

  • Lopez-Ozieblo, R. (2015). Analysis of disfluencies and gestures in Spanish natives and in students of Spanish as a foreign language. Doctoral thesis (online publication). Universidad de Malaga, Spain. http://riuma.uma.es/xmlui/handle/10630/11747

  • Lopez-Ozieblo, R. (2013). Reflections on the Use of Nonverbal Communication in Teaching Spanish to Sino-Speakers. Revista de Lenguas para Fines Específicos, 19, 321-340.

  • Lopez-Ozieblo, R. (2012). Manifestaciones sociolingüísticas para dar y tomar la palabra en la interacción oral de estudiantes hongkoneses de español. Master thesis (unpublished). Universidad de Jaen, Spain.

  • Lopez-Ozieblo, R. (2012). ¿Ahora hablo yo?: Observaciones de cómo negocian los turnos discursivos estudiantes hongkoneses de español. Proceedings of the III Encuentro de Profesores de Español para Sinohablantes (EPES) (pp. 210-220). Jaén, Spain: Publicaciones de la Universidad de Jaén.

  • Lopez-Ozieblo, R. (2010). ¿Cómo enseñamos el presente de indicativo? Recursos para las primeras horas de clase. Proceedings of the IV Jornadas de Formación de Profesores, Beijing.

  • Lopez-Ozieblo, R. (2000). Demystifying Online Education. Master thesis (published online by Netdimensions, no longer available). INSEAD, France and Singapore.



Research Projects


  • Base-line Study to Identify Types of Gestures in Speakers of English as a Second or Foreign Language at Various Proficiency Levels. Funded by: the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2018).

  • From negation to disagreement: Detection and analysis of multimodal patterns in audiovisual and lab interaction corpora (MultiNeg). Led by Dr. Ines Olza (University of Navarra, Spain).

  • AILA REN on Gestures in second language acquisition. More information: https://www.kiminakatsukasa.net/ren-gesture-multimodality-and-sla

  • Pilot Study to Determine the Interference of L1 Gestures in L2 English Representational Gestures. Funded by: the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2017).

  • A Telecollaborative E-Learning Project on Foreign Language Learning (Co-I). Funded by: HK UGC (2017).

  • Supporting Professional Development, Pedagogy & Language for Curriculum Learning. Funded by : HK UGC (2017).

  • Identifying cognitive load differences in narrating and reflective tasks through gesture -speech analysis. Funded by: the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2017).

  • Corpus Use in Academic Writing by Postgraduate Students: Impact and Implications. Funded by: the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2016).

  • Investigating the use of teachers’ nonverbal communication to enhance their classroom performance. Funded by: the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2016).

  • A contrastive analysis of gestures in Mexican and Spanish speakers of Spanish. Funded by Early Career Fund, University of Huddersfield (2015).

  • PIE15-49: Design of virtual activities in English for the Virtual Campus Funded by: Proyecto de Innovación Educativa para la mejora de la práctica docente, Malaga University, Spain (2015).

  • Academic Writing in English as a Foreign Language (Extended). Funded by: Research Network - International Association of Applied Linguistics (2013 & 2015)

  • PIE13-29: Skype Practicum en Inglés/Español como Lengua Extranjera. Funded by: Proyecto de Innovación Educativa para la mejora de la práctica docente, Malaga University, Spain (2013).





  • Lopez-Ozieblo, R. (2019). Gesturing to indicate time in L2 speakers of English. Presented at the 15th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference. Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan.

  • Lopez-Ozieblo, R. (2019). ¿Marcando secuencias o disfluencias con gestos?: Los gestos con marcadores temporales en el discurso oral de hablantes nativos y no nativos. /Are gestures marking the sequencing of information or the disfluence? Gestures with temporal markers in the oral discourse of native and non-native speakers. International Conference of Pragmatic and Oral Discourse in Disciplinary Studies. /Congreso Internacional ´Estudios Disciplinares de la pragmática y del discurso oral´. Universidad de Salamanca, Spain.

  • Lopez-Ozieblo, R. (2019). Learning from a Corpus of Students’ Academic Writing. 2nd International Conference on Corpus Analysis in Academic Discourse / II Congreso Internacional sobre Análisis de Corpus del Discurso Académico. Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain.

  • Lopez-Ozieblo, R., Cheung, E., & Johannes, M (2018). Incorporating Knowledge About Language (KAL) in cross-disciplinary student writing workshops: implications for teacher professional development. Presented at International Conference on English Language Education in The Chinese Context, ELECC. The Education University of Hong Kong.

  • Cheung, E.,  Johannes, M & Lopez-Ozieblo, R. (2018) . Comparison of Positioning Strategies in Undergraduate and Postgraduate Research Proposals between Humanities and Business: a Functional Linguistic Perspective. Presented at the Fourth International Conference on Linguistics and Language Studies.  The Open University of Hong Kong.

  • Lopez-Ozieblo, R. & Chan, B. (2018). Aprendizaje integrado de lenguas y sensibilización social mediante la colaboración a distancia (Integrated learning and developing social acumen through on-line collaboration). Presented at VI Jornadas de Formacion de Profesores de Hong Kong. The University of Hong Kong.

  • Lopez-Ozieblo, R. (2017) Online learning: Evaluating cognitive overload imposed by multiple-media texts through gesture analysis. Presented at 8th International Conference on Distance Learning and Education. Barcelona.

  • Lopez-Ozieblo, R. (2017) Achieving immediacy in the classroom through narrations and gestures. Presented at the 3rd International Conference on Literature and Linguistics (ICOLL). Hong Kong.

  • Lopez-Ozieblo, R. (2017) Cognitive load issues in multimedia learning: Do gestures help to recognize them? Presented at International Conference on ESP, New Technologies and Digital Learning. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

  • Lopez-Ozieblo, R. Negating without a no: a study of gestures in a teaching context. The Pragmatics of Negation – Aspects of Communication, Department of Romance and Classical Studies, University of Stockholm, Sweden, 31 May-2 June 2017. 

  • Lopez-Ozieblo, R. Pragmática y significados implícitos en la clase de ELE. Jornadas de Formación de Profesores en Hong Kong, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 10-11 March 2017. 

  • Lopez-Ozieblo, R. Teaching pragmatic meaning through popular literature. The 11th International Symposium on Teaching English at Tertiary Level, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, 9-10 December 2016. 

  • López-Ozieblo, R. Developing Cognitive Pragmatics in Language Students through Modern Literature. The Materials Development Association, MATSDA 2016. University of Liverpool, UK, 18-19 June 2016. 

  • Lopez-Ozieblo, R. Cut-offs and Gestures: Analytical Tools to Understand a Second Language Speaker. 34th International Conference of the Spanish Association of Applied Linguistics (AESLA), University of Alicante, Spain, 14-16 April 2016. 

  • López-Ozieblo, R. Creating immediacy with non-verbal communication in Sino-speaking L2 classrooms. XII ELIA. Universidad de Sevilla, Spain, 1-3 July 2015.

  • López-Ozieblo, R. Interpretando disfluencias en estudiantes de español. V EPES. Universidad de Jaén, Spain, 29-30 June 2015.

  • Lopez-Ozieblo, R. Reading gestures in Second Language Speakers. The 7th International Conference on Multimodality. Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, 11-13 June 2014.

  • Lopez-Ozieblo, R. Understanding inner cognitive conflict through the analysis of gestures. The 6th International Symposium on Intercultural, Cognitive and Social Pragmatics in Seville. Universidad de Sevilla, Spain, 12-14 May 2014.

  • Lopez-Ozieblo, R. Gleaming Foreign Language students’ cognitive processes through gesture. The 7th Free Linguistics Conference. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, 27-28 September 2013.



Professional memberships


  • Fellow: Higher Education Academy, UK.

  • Member: Asociación Española de Lingüística Aplicada

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