Senior Lecturer in Languages
I have worked at the University for over 25 years and have a wide range of experience in languages. During this time, I have undertaken a number of roles designing and leading courses. I have been Co-ordinator of the University Language Scheme, Subject Leader for Spanish, and Programme Leader for BA (Hons) French and Spanish. I have taught and led modules on the BA and MA TESOL, BA European Studies and more recently in English for Academic Purposes. I am currently co-ordinating in-sessional EAP courses.
I hold an MA in Applied Language Studies, a BA (Hons) in French and Spanish, a qualification in TEFL and am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Before joining the University, I worked as a Community Relations Co-ordinator in ESOL, then in Spain for several years teaching English as a Foreign Language, and later in the UK teaching English and Spanish in FE and HE. I have also worked as an examiner for the Diploma in Public Service Interpreting in Spanish.
Teaching and supervision
I currently teach in-sessional modules in English for Academic Purposes, and modules in Spanish as part of BA (Hons) Combined Subjects.
My teaching focuses on Academic Reading and Writing in English, and in Spanish, translation, interpreting, and using a CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) approach in the teaching of contemporary Spanish society.
Research interests for potential research students
My main research interest is in the design and implementation of approaches to language teaching and the development of methodologies and materials for the teaching of EAP and Spanish. Particular areas of investigation have been the use of a Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) approach for the teaching of contemporary Spanish society, the development of student autonomy, or using a reflective portfolio for enhancing intercultural awareness during the year abroad.
- Spanish language and area studies
- Teaching of translation and interpreting
- Language teaching methodologies
- Curriculum design