Welcome!

  • "Two roads diverged in a wood, and and I—
    I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference."

    Robert Frost (1916)

    I am a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Tübingen , Germany. I am part of both the ICALL Research Group led by Prof. Dr. Detmar Meurers and the LingTüLab led by Prof. Dr. Andrea Weber. My main research interests are focused on individual differences, second language teaching and learning, implicit and explicit learning in second language acquisition, and intelligent computer-assisted language learning (ICALL). For instance, in my PhD dissertation, I examined the relationship between instruction and cognitive individual differences (working memory and declarative memory) in the acquisition of second language vocabulary in the context of web-based ICALL.

    Education

    I completed my PhD at LEAD Graduate School & Research Network of the University of Tübingen, Germany. I did a master’s degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) at Lancaster University, UK, and a master’s degree in EFL (English as a Foreign Language) at the Universidad Central de Venezuela. I received my bachelor's degree in TESOL from the Universidad Pedagógica Experimental Libertador, Venezuela.

    Publications

    Published

    • Monaghan, P., Ruiz, S., & Rebuschat, P. (2020). The role of feedback and instruction on the cross-situational learning of vocabulary and morphosyntax: Mixed effects models reveal local and global effects on acquisition. Second Language Research. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0267658320927741

    • Ruiz, S., Chen, X., Rebuschat, P., & Meurers, D. (2019). Measuring individual differences in cognitive abilities in the lab and on the web. PLOS ONE, 14(12), e0226217. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0226217

    • Chinkina, M., Ruiz, S., & Meurers, D. (2019). Crowdsourcing evaluation of the quality of automatically generated questions for supporting computer-assisted language teaching. ReCALL. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0958344019000193

    • Ruiz, S., Rebuschat, P., & Meurers, D. (2019). The effects of working memory and declarative memory on instructed second language vocabulary learning: Insights from intelligent CALL. Language Teaching Research. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1177/1362168819872859

    • Ruiz Hernández, S.E. (2019). Individual differences and instructed second language acquisition: Insights from intelligent computer assisted language learning. University of Tübingen.   http://dx.doi.org/10.15496/publikation-27963

    • Ruiz, S., Tagarelli, K. M., & Rebuschat, P. (2018). Simultaneous acquisition of words and syntax: Effects of exposure condition and declarative memory. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 1168.https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01168

    • Chinkina, M., Ruiz, S., & Meurers, D. (2017). Automatically generating questions to support the acquisition of particle verbs: Evaluating via crowdsourcing. In K. Borthwick, L. Bradley, & S. Thouësny (Eds.), Call in a climate of change: Adapting to turbulent global conditions – short papers from EUROCALL 2017 (pp. 73–78). Voillans France: Research-publishing.net. https://doi.org/10.14705/rpnet.2017.eurocall2017.692

    • Ziegler, N., Meurers, D., Rebuschat, P., Ruiz, S., Moreno Vega, J. L., Chinkina, M., & Grey, S. (2017). Interdisciplinary research at the intersection of CALL, NLP, and SLA: Methodological implications from an input enhancement project. Language Learning, 67(S1), 209–231. https://doi.org/10.1111/lang.12227

    • Tagarelli, K. M., Ruiz, S., Moreno Vega, J. L., & Rebuschat, P. (2016). Variability in second language learning: The roles of individual differences, learning conditions, and linguistic complexity. Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 38(2), 293-316. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0272263116000036

    • Ruiz, S., & Beke, R. (2012). Summary writing in English as a foreign language (EFL). NÚCLEO 29, 105 – 130.

      Conference presentations (last five years)

      • Ruiz, S., Rebuschat, P., & Meurers, D. (February 2020). Individual differences and instructed second language acquisition: Insights from intelligent computer assisted language learning. Poster presented at the colloquium Theoretische Modellierung und empirische Operationalisierung impliziten und expliziten sprachlichen Wissens aus interdisziplinärer Perspektive (Implicit and explicit linguistic knowledge: Interdisciplinary perspectives), Leibniz Universität, Hannover, Germany.

      • Ruiz, S., Chen, X., Rebuschat, P., & Meurers, D. (September 2018). Measuring individual differences in cognitive abilities in the lab and on the web. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the European Second Language Association (EUROSLA 28), Münster, Germany.

      • Chinkina, M., Ruiz, S., & Meurers, D. (August 2017). Automatically generating questions to support the acquisition of particle verbs: Evaluating via crowdsourcing. Paper presented at the 25th conference of the European Second Language Association (EUROCALL 2017), Southampton, United Kingdom.

      • Ziegler, N., Moreno, J. L., Li, W., Ruiz, S., Chinkina, M., Grey, S., Meurers, D., & Rebuschat, P. (August 2016). Input enhancement meets iCALL. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the European Second Language Association (EUROSLA 26), Jyväskylä, Finland.

      • Tagarelli, K., Ruiz, S., Moreno-Vega, J.L., & Rebuschat (May 2015). Learning L2 syntax: The intersection of learning conditions and individual differences. Paper presented at the 10th International Symposium on Bilingualism (Tenth ISB), Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA.

        Other academic activities

        As part of my involvement in the research community, I co-organized the Tübingen Summer School in Second Language Acquisition with Detmar Meurers, Patrick Rebuschat, and Katharina Wendebourg. This academic event took place in July 23-27, 2018 at the University of Tübingen with 80 participants from 34 institutions of 12 different countries (see Twitter Hashtag #TuebingenSLA). I am also a founding member of the newly-launched Heritage Language Consortium.

        Contact

        Address:    Dr. Simón Ruiz
        Englisches Seminar
        Universität Tübingen
        Wilhelmstraße 50
        72074 Tübingen, Germany
          
        Room:    468
          
        Office hours:    During the semester, Wednesdays 10:00-12:00 (Please email to book an appointment)
          
        E-Mail:    sruiz@sfs.uni-tuebingen.de
        Telephone:    +49 (0)7071 29-75450
        Twitter:    sruiz_12

          

        For more detailed information about my academic work, please visit my Academia page, or my ResearchGate page.