Dr. Pilar Alderete Diez

MA., Ph.D

 
researcher
 

Biography

I have been a Lecturer at NUI Galway since 2006. I hold a postgraduate masters of Education in English, and graduated with BA in English Philology at University of Valladolid, Spain. NUI Galway is also my alma mater as I graduated with an MA Spanish with a focus on translation here, only gaining a Ph.D. in Language Teaching and Learning later in 2013 with University of Valladolid, Spain.

My research runs along two main threads at the moment: language teaching and learning - mainly about Spanish - children's identity in translation. Professionally, I'm exploring existing and new venues to get Spanish language teachers working together and to increase student input both in the curricula and in the materials we use in class. I'm creating interviews that can be used in class with non-native Spanish from our students as part of the 'EstudiantELE' project within the CoP Ele in Éirinn - http://Eleineirinn.wordpress.com/. I'm also leading a small research project on a corpus of learner errors at A1/A2 levels.  Regarding the translation side of my research focus, I'm developing a project and network with Dr. Owen Harrington-Fernández, Henriot-Watt University, on children's identity through translation. Watch this space!

Research Interests

I'm passionate about Language Teaching and Learning, mainly. My Ph.D. dissertation focused on the use of classroom research tools for enhancement of the language classroom at university level. The case study I developed enabled student voices to lead and discuss current language teaching and learning approaches and provided the tools for a continuous assessment of teaching by students, which resulted much more relevant that student feedback at the end of the module. 

On the other hand, I am also research active on Children Studies, mainly on translation of children identity and the treatment of taboo topics in these texts and audiovisual materials.

I'm a creative researcher and at the moment, I'm working on creating open materials under creative commons licence to explore issues arising from student language biographies, creativity
in language teaching and learning as well as the development of plurilingual materials.

Research Projects

  Project Start Date End Date
CLISA A1/A2 01-JUN-19 30-MAY-20
Profile of the Students of Spanish in Ireland 01-SEP-18 31-JAN-19
Proyecto ESTUDIANTELE 01-SEP-17 01-SEP-20
Teaching and Learning Lexical Items 01-APR-17 30-MAY-18
Child Identities in Translation of Children Literature 08-AUG-16 31-JUL-17
Communicating in English 01-JAN-14 31-DEC-14
Space and Time in Language Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 01-JAN-14 31-DEC-14

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2017) '- Haciendo frente al acoso homofóbico a través de la poesía desde la clase de lengua extranjera: una propuesta didáctica . TACKLING HOMOPHOBIC BULLYING THROUGH POETRY: a didactic proposal'
Pedro Antonio Ferez Mora and Pilar Alderete (2017) '- Haciendo frente al acoso homofóbico a través de la poesía desde la clase de lengua extranjera: una propuesta didáctica . TACKLING HOMOPHOBIC BULLYING THROUGH POETRY: a didactic proposal'. Teaching Reflections, [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2012) 'Harry Potter is Funny: Translating Humour and Character Voice. - Vida hispanica Spring 2012, 45'
Pilar Alderete - Diez (2012) 'Harry Potter is Funny: Translating Humour and Character Voice. - Vida hispanica Spring 2012, 45'. Bulletin Of Spanish Studies, [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2009) 'Harry Potter is Funny. The Tricky Task of Translating Humour and Character Voices in the Harry Potter Books'
Alderete Diez, P.M. (2009) 'Harry Potter is Funny. The Tricky Task of Translating Humour and Character Voices in the Harry Potter Books'. RIA In/Difference UL Conference Papers, [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2008) 'La reflexión en el Portoflio de lenguas'
Alderete Diez, P.M. (2008) 'La reflexión en el Portoflio de lenguas'. Proceedings for the Jornadas de Español como Lengua Extranjera, [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2008) 'Reflection in Language Teaching/Learning: Is the European Portfolio the Answer?'
Alderete Diez, P.M. (2008) 'Reflection in Language Teaching/Learning: Is the European Portfolio the Answer?'. Estudios de Metolodogía de la Lengua Inglesa, 4 [Details]

Books

  Year Publication
(2019) Cultural Politics in Harry Potter.
Ruben Jarazo and Pilar Alderete (editors and contributors) (2019) Cultural Politics in Harry Potter. London: Routledge, Taylor and Francis. [Details]
(2012) Translation, Technology and Autonomy in language Teaching and Learning.
Pilar Alderete-Diez, Laura Incalcaterra-McLoughlin, Dorothy Ni Uigin and Labhaoise Ni Dhonnchadha (2012) Translation, Technology and Autonomy in language Teaching and Learning. England: Peter Lang. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2019) 'SHORTSIGHTED TRANSLATIONS: CENSORSHIP IN THE THREE MANOLITO GAFOTAS BOOKS TRANSLATED INTO AMERICAN ENGLISH'
Maria Pilar Alderete Diez and Owen Harrington Fernández (2019) 'SHORTSIGHTED TRANSLATIONS: CENSORSHIP IN THE THREE MANOLITO GAFOTAS BOOKS TRANSLATED INTO AMERICAN ENGLISH' In: Traducciones, adaptaciones y doble destinatario en Literatura Infantil y Juvenil (LIJ). Edited by Elvira Cámara. London: Peter Lang. [Details]
(2015) '“PROYECTO DE INNOVACIÓN: LA HABILIDAD ORAL Y AURAL EN EL INGLÉS UNIVERSITARIO: VIEJOS RETOS, NUEVAS SOLUCIONES”'
Elena González-Cascos, Celsa Dapía Ferreiro, Pilar Garcés García y Pilar Alderete Díez (2015) '“PROYECTO DE INNOVACIÓN: LA HABILIDAD ORAL Y AURAL EN EL INGLÉS UNIVERSITARIO: VIEJOS RETOS, NUEVAS SOLUCIONES”' In: FECIES 2014 - XI FORO INTERNACIONAL SOBRE EVALUACIÓN DE LA CALIDAD DE LA INVESTIGACIÓN Y LA EDUCACIÓN SUPERIOR. Bilbao: Universidad de Deusto. [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2014) 'Bumping into Classroom Walls: How To Win The Timed Race of Language Learning In The University Classroom'
Pilar Alderete Diez (2014) 'Bumping into Classroom Walls: How To Win The Timed Race of Language Learning In The University Classroom' In: Higher Education and Second Language Learning: Promoting Self-directed Learning in new Technological and Educational Contexts. UK: Peter Lang. [ARAN Link] [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
(2011) ASELE XXI
Pilar Alderete-Diez, Dorothy Ni Uigin (2011) PAISAGE - Portal Audiovisual Intercultural sobre el Aprendizaje de Gaélico y Español – ASELE XXI [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2008) Estudios de Metolodogía de la Lengua Inglesa (IV), Valladolid: Universidad de Valladolid
Pilar Alderete-Diez (2008) ‘Reflection in Language Teaching/Learning: Is the European Portfolio the Answer?’ . In: L. PEREZ RUIZ; I. PIZARRO SANCHEZ & E. GONZALEZ CASCOS eds. Estudios de Metolodogía de la Lengua Inglesa (IV), Valladolid: Universidad de Valladolid [ARAN Link] [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
(2017) 'De Valladolid (España) a Galway (Irlanda). Otra trayectoria enseñando español'
Alderete Diez, Maria Pilar (2017) 'De Valladolid (España) a Galway (Irlanda). Otra trayectoria enseñando español' Revista Electronica del Lenguaje. Espacio Colaborador, (4) :1-5. [ARAN Link] [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
(2019) Crossing Boundaries,
Pilar Alderete (2019) Language Learning Conference. [Poster Presentation], Crossing Boundaries, Queen's University, Belfast, UK , 03-MAY-19 - 04-MAY-19. [Details]
(2018) IRAAL 18,
Maria Pilar Alderete Diez and Owen Harrington Fernandez (2018) We are what we speak. Children's identity in translation of fiction. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], IRAAL 18, DCU , 24-NOV-18 - 24-NOV-18. [Details]
(2018) IRAAL 2018,
Alderete Diez, Pilar y Cristina García (2018) Proyecto EstudiantE/LE - Interviews by students carried out in Spanish about the process of learning this language. [Poster Presentation], IRAAL 2018, DCU , 24-NOV-18 - 24-NOV-18. [Details]
(2018) 11th International Conference on Im/politeness,
Pilar Alderete Diez and Owen Harrington-Fernandez (2018) Politeness through cultures in translation - A Case Study of the Translations of Manolito Gafotas into American English. [Oral Presentation], 11th International Conference on Im/politeness, Valencia, Spain , 04-JUL-18 - 06-JUL-18. [Details]
(2017) Political Correctness in Manolito Gafotas' American Translation,
Pilar Alderete Diez (2017) It explores the issue of identity through culture in children literature. [Oral Presentation], Political Correctness in Manolito Gafotas' American Translation, Granada , 27-SEP-17 - 28-OCT-17. [Details]
(2016) ESSE 2016,
Pilar Alderete (2016) Cultural Studies on Harry Potter. [Co-chaired Session], ESSE 2016, Galway, Ireland , 22-AUG-16 - 25-AUG-16. [Details]
(2016) AESLA 2016,
Pilar Alderete (2016) Spanish Association of Applied Linguistics. [Poster Presentation], AESLA 2016, Alicante, Spain , 14-APR-16 - 16-APR-16. [Details]
(2016) Re encountering the Cannon: Literary Translation and Contemporary Iberia,
Pilar Alderete and Owen Harrington Fernández (2016) This symposium seeks to explore the role of literary translation with regard to canon formation in the context of modern and contemporary Iberia, with special focus on aspects such as the competing interests of academic, educational and publishing norms; translation policy, subventions and patronage; dissemination, marketing and reception; and new approaches to the phenomenon of re-translation. It aims to facilitate a space for discussion of the ways in which literary translation may contribute to the (re)construction and/or consolidation of a canon by looking at developments such as the recent English translations of classics from the different languages of the Iberian Peninsula and the consolidation of new publishing houses such as Hispabooks, a Spanish press that publishes fiction from Iberia in English translation. The symposium also sets out to examine the negotiation and reframing of shifting and competing notions of identity through translation both into and out of the different. [Oral Presentation], Re encountering the Cannon: Literary Translation and Contemporary Iberia, University College Cork , 23-SEP-16 - 24-SEP-16. [Details]
(2014) Technology showcase – CELT – NUIG,
Alderete DIez, Pilar (2014) Space and Labs. [Chaired Session], Technology showcase – CELT – NUIG, Nui Galway , 26-MAY-14 - 26-MAY-14. [Details]
(2014) E-learning Symposium,
Alderete-Diez, Maria Pilar (2014) LLAS, University of Southampton. [Chaired Session], E-learning Symposium, Southampton, UK , 23-JAN-14 - 24-JAN-14. [Details]
(2014) AHGBI Association of Great Britain and Ireland - 2014,
Alderete Diez, Maria Pilar (2014) Organizing Committee. [Conference Organising Committee Member], AHGBI Association of Great Britain and Ireland - 2014, NUI, Galway , 14-APR-14 - 16-MAY-14. [Details]
(2014) Space and Boundaries/ Espaces Et Frontieres,
Alderete-Diez, Maria Pilar (2014) Canadian Studies Association. [Chaired Session], Space and Boundaries/ Espaces Et Frontieres, Meyrick hotel, Galway (Ireland) , 09-MAY-14 - 11-MAY-14. [Details]
(2014) Research Day - LLC,
Alderete-Diez (2014) Showcase of research. [Chaired Session], Research Day - LLC, Hardiman Building , 07-MAY-14 - 07-MAY-14. [Details]
(2012) A Brand of Fictional Magic. Reading Harry Potter as Literature,
Alderete Diez, Maria Pilar (2012) A two day international conference. [Chaired Session], A Brand of Fictional Magic. Reading Harry Potter as Literature, University of St. Andrews , 17-MAY-12 - 18-MAY-12. [Details]
(2011) AGM - Association of Spanish Teachers in Ireland,
Alderete Diez, Pilar (2011) Teacher as producer. [Chaired Session], AGM - Association of Spanish Teachers in Ireland, Dublin , 22-OCT-11 - 23-MAY-14. [Details]
(2011) ASELE XXI,
Alderete-Diez, Pilar (2011) – Presentation on PAISAGE. University of Valladolid, Spain. [Chaired Session], ASELE XXI, University of Valladolid Spain , 21-SEP-11 - 24-SEP-11. [Details]
(2010) Translation, Technology and Autonomy in Language Teaching and Learning,
Alderete-Diez, Maria Pilar; McLoughlin, Laura, Ni Dhonnchadha, Labhaoise; Ni Uigin, Dorothy (2010) Spanish, Irish, Italian, German, French. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Translation, Technology and Autonomy in Language Teaching and Learning, NUI, Galway , 10-DEC-10 - 11-DEC-10. [Details]
(2008) Jornadas de enseñanza del español como lengua extranjera, MEC, University of Sofia, Bulgaria, April,
Alderete-Diez, Pilar (2008) ‘The reflective element of the European language Portfolio’,. [Chaired Session], Jornadas de enseñanza del español como lengua extranjera, MEC, University of Sofia, Bulgaria, April, Sofia, Bulgaria , 17-APR-08 - 19-APR-08. [Details]
(2008) Jornadas de enseñanza del español como lengua extranjera, MEC, University of Sofia, Bulgaria,
Alderete-Diez, Pilar (2008) The DIY workshop of multimedia materials. [Chaired Session], Jornadas de enseñanza del español como lengua extranjera, MEC, University of Sofia, Bulgaria, Sofia, Bulgaria , 17-APR-08 - 13-APR-08. [Details]
(2008) CEDELEQ III, University of Concordia, Montreal, Canada. May,
Alderete-Diez, Pilar (2008) ‘Creating Multimedia Materials tailored to your students needs’,. [Chaired Session], CEDELEQ III, University of Concordia, Montreal, Canada. May, Montreal, Canada , 01-MAY-08 - 03-MAY-08. [Details]
(2007) Kansas City and RIA Conference in the University of Limerick,
Alderete-Diez, Pilar (2007) ‘Harry Potter is Funny’, The Tricky Task of Translating Humour and Character Voice in Kansas City and RIA Conference in the University of Limerick. [Chaired Session], Kansas City and RIA Conference in the University of Limerick, Kansas and Limerick , 16-OCT-07 - 18-OCT-07. [Details]
(2007) V Conference on Language Teaching/Learning Methodology,,
Alderete-Diez, Pilar (2007) ‘Reflection in Language Teaching/Learning: Is the European Portfolio the Answer?. [Chaired Session], V Conference on Language Teaching/Learning Methodology,, University of Valladolid, Spain , 30-MAY-07 - 01-JUN-07. [Details]
(2007) Learning Technologies: from Pilot to Mainstream,
Alderete-Diez (2007) How to turn your Multimedia Language Laboratory in a Task-Based Learning Environment,. [Chaired Session], Learning Technologies: from Pilot to Mainstream, NUI Galway , 07-JUN-07 - 08-JUN-07. [Details]
(2007) Learning Technologies: from Pilot to Mainstream,
Alderete Diez, Pilar (2007) Presenting Materials for Task Based Learning in a Lab environment. [Oral Presentation], Learning Technologies: from Pilot to Mainstream, NUI Galway , 07-JUN-07 - 08-JUN-07. [Details]
(2003) Cervantes Week,
Alderete-Diez, Pilar (2003) Workshop for teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language: “A Walk in La Mancha: the use of the documentary in the Spanish class”. [Chaired Session], Cervantes Week, Spanish Resource Centre, York University, Toronto, Canada , 23-APR-03 - 23-APR-03. [Details]

Computer Program

  Year Publication
(2009) PAISAGE/ PFIGGs project on the production of an online audiovisual and cultural portal for the learning of Irish and Spanish - NAIRTL Award.
Ní Uigin, D. (2009) PAISAGE/ PFIGGs project on the production of an online audiovisual and cultural portal for the learning of Irish and Spanish - NAIRTL Award. Computer Program [Details]

Media

  Year Publication
(2012) Español A1 - Handbook, Conversation book, Portfolio, Reading, CDs and Videos.
Pilar Alderete-Diez et al (2012) Español A1 - Handbook, Conversation book, Portfolio, Reading, CDs and Videos. Http://www.ndlr.ie: Media [Details]
(2012) Español A2 - handbook, cds, portfolio, reading+radioplay, conversation booklet, subtitled videos.
Pilar Alderete-Diez et al (2012) Español A2 - handbook, cds, portfolio, reading+radioplay, conversation booklet, subtitled videos. Media [Details]
(2010) PAISAGE - Portal Audiovisual Intercultural sobre el Aprendizaje de Gaélico y Español.
Pilar Alderete-Diez & Dorothy Ni Uigin (2010) PAISAGE - Portal Audiovisual Intercultural sobre el Aprendizaje de Gaélico y Español. Media [Details]
(2006) CD-ROM ‘Negociando el Significado’, B1-A1 Spanish for Commerce, co-author with Eleazar Rodríguez for CELT and Spanish Department, NUIG: lesson plans, recordings, creation. Finalist in II Award for Innovation in the Teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language.
Pilar Alderete-Diez (2006) CD-ROM ‘Negociando el Significado’, B1-A1 Spanish for Commerce, co-author with Eleazar Rodríguez for CELT and Spanish Department, NUIG: lesson plans, recordings, creation. Finalist in II Award for Innovation in the Teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language. Media [Details]
(2003) Adapted reading for the Spanish beginners course, TU. http://www.trentu.ca/spanish/maria/.
Pilar Alderete-Diez (2003) Adapted reading for the Spanish beginners course, TU. http://www.trentu.ca/spanish/maria/. Media [Details]
(2003) Co-author with Prof. Gary Aitken of the interactive CD Conexiones, Prentice-Hall – Intermediate Spanish (2002). Judged the ‘Book of the Year’ in the Modern Language Division of Pearson Education.
Pilar Alderete-Diez, Gary Aitken (2003) Co-author with Prof. Gary Aitken of the interactive CD Conexiones, Prentice-Hall – Intermediate Spanish (2002). Judged the ‘Book of the Year’ in the Modern Language Division of Pearson Education. Media [Details]

Thesis

  Year Publication
(2013) Teaching to Learn. Learning to Teach. Classroom Research Tools for Second Language Learning.
Alderete Diez, Maria Pilar (2013) Teaching to Learn. Learning to Teach. Classroom Research Tools for Second Language Learning. UVA: Thesis [DOI] [Details]

Translation

  Year Publication
(2010) Interview with Translator - http://clubdetraductoresliterariosdebaires.blogspot.com/search/label/Harry%20Potter%20traducido.
Pilar Alderete-Diez (2010) Interview with Translator - http://clubdetraductoresliterariosdebaires.blogspot.com/search/label/Harry%20Potter%20traducido. Translation [Details]

Workshops

  Year Publication
(2008) Creating Multimedia Materials tailored to your students needs. CEDELEQ.
Alderete Diez, P.M. (2008) Creating Multimedia Materials tailored to your students needs. CEDELEQ. University of Concordia, Montreal, Canada: Workshops [Details]
(2008) The reflective element of the European language Portfolio. Jornadas de enseñanza del español como lengua extranjera, MEC.
Alderete Diez, P.M. (2008) The reflective element of the European language Portfolio. Jornadas de enseñanza del español como lengua extranjera, MEC. University of Sofia, Bulgaria: Workshops [Details]
(2008) The DIY workshop of multimedia materials . Jornadas de enseñanza del español como lengua extranjera, MEC.
Alderete Diez, P.M. (2008) The DIY workshop of multimedia materials . Jornadas de enseñanza del español como lengua extranjera, MEC. University of Sofia, Bulgaria: Workshops [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2019 Research Funding Creativity and the Arts by the College of Arts, Social Sciences, Humanities and Celtic Studies. College of Arts, Social Sciences, Humanities and Celtic Studies.
2018 Research Funding for I Symposium of Teaching and Learning of Spanish as a Foreign Language College of Arts, Social Sciences, Humanities and Celtic Studies. College of Arts, Social Sciences, Humanities and Celtic Studies.
2014 Teaching and Learning Innovation Prize - School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures - NUI Galway - School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures - NUI Galway
2014 Teaching Hero Nomination (by students) and President Teaching Excellence Award - - School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures - NUI Galway NUI Galway
2011 NDLR – Creation of Materials for Spanish A1 – Book,, Conversation exercises booklet, reading, accompanying CDs and Videos. NDLR
2011 PAISAGE - Shortlisted for the European Language Label Leargas
2009 NAIRTL Award for PAISAGE/PFIGGs project on the production of an online audiovisual and cultural portal for the learning of Irish and Spanish with Dr. Dorothy Ní Uigin. NAIRTL

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
IRAAL member 17-NOV-17 /
ELE in Éirinn. Spanish Teachers Community of Practice. Founder and Committee 25-AUG-18 /
Association of Teachers of Spanish in Ireland Member 01-SEP-11 /

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
IRAAL 2019 Conference Organising Committee Organizer 01-JAN-19 / 31-DEC-19
Teaching and Learning Committee - Executive School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures Member 01-SEP-18 /
GRC PhD Candidate member 01-SEP-17 /
I Simposio Internacional de ELE en Irlanda Organizer 01-SEP-17 /
Teaching and Learning Committee - - Executive School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures Member of the Teaching and Learning Committee in the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures 01-JAN-17 / 01-SEP-19
Cervantes Institute Liaison Liaison 01-SEP-12 / 01-SEP-15
Coordinator of the Language Assistants Team Coordinator 01-SEP-06 / 01-MAY-14
GRC PhD Candidate Member 01-SEP-12 / 01-SEP-15
School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures Self-Assessment Committee Assessor 01-SEP-13 /

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
NUI Galway Language Assistant 01-SEP-03 /
Universidade do Sagrado Coracao, Bauru, Brazil Spanish/English Teacher 01-AUG-98 / 30-OCT-98
Trent University, Ontario, Canada Language Assistant 01-SEP-99 / 30-MAY-02
Trent University, Ontario, Canada Lecturer 01-SEP-02 / 01-SEP-03
NUI Galway University Teacher 01-SEP-06 /

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
1998 University of Valladolid, Spain Bachelor of Arts English Philology
2001 University of Valladolid, Spain Master of Arts English
2012 University of Valladolid, Spain PhD Modern Languages
2005 National University of Ireland, Galway Master of Arts Spanish
1999 University of Valladolid, Spain Postgraduate Diploma Education and Modern languages

Languages

  Language
Irish
Spanish
English

Community Engagement

  Title Type From / To
Other MUSCAILT - Arts Office 01-FEB-08 / 29-FEB-08
Other Summer Internships with the College of Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies 01-JUN-17 / 31-AUG-17
Consultancy (Pro-bono) Teaching Council Advisor for Spanish 06-APR-17 /
Policy Development Piloting New CEFR descriptors - European Council of Languages 01-FEB-17 / 31-MAY-17
Outreach Parent and Toddler Community Group - Spanish 01-SEP-17 /
Outreach Comic Relief Fund Raiser - Potter 22-JUL-07 / 28-JUL-07
Outreach I.S.I.S. (Irish Spanish Integration Society) 01-SEP-08 / 30-SEP-09
Other Lectures on Campus - Writers and Children Authors 01-SEP-06 / 01-MAY-14
Outreach Night Tales with Ms. Clare Muireann Murphy 01-SEP-08 / 31-DEC-08
Teaching (e.g. Service learning / comunity based learning) Editor for the NDLR Modern Languages Community of Practice Blog. 01-SEP-09 / 01-SEP-10
Other Campus Spanish Activities with Hispanosoc (Student society) 01-SEP-03 / 31-MAY-06
Other Potterfest with PotterSoc (student society) 31-JAN-14 / 02-FEB-14
Outreach BABEL Series, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures 29-JAN-13 / 29-JAN-13
Board Membership Pottersoc 01-SEP-12 / 30-APR-15
Other Summer internships with the School of Languages Literatures and Cultures 11-JUL-16 / 31-AUG-16
Teaching (e.g. Service learning / comunity based learning) First Year Student Workshops 01-SEP-10 / 01-SEP-15
Teaching (e.g. Service learning / comunity based learning) Gaeilgespainnis, teaching Spanish and Irish in a multilingual setting 27-SEP-10 / 30-MAY-11
Teaching (e.g. Service learning / comunity based learning) Access course - Spanish in Ceathru Rua 01-SEP-03 / 01-SEP-06

Other Activities

  Description

PEER REVIEW FOR HORIZON RESEARCH MAGAZINE

Liaison with the Secondary School Teacher Association of Spanish in Ireland - 2010-2012

Student First Year Advisor - 2006/present

Book reviewer for Versita (publishing company) 2014

Peer reviewer for Vida Hispanica, ES Revista de Filologia, and Oceanide.

Teaching Interests

Teaching and learning foreign languages is one of my passions. I devoted my PhD to find ways to improve my language classes and make space for student voices in the classroom and in the theoretical frameworks that deal with teaching and learning, through the tools of action research and ethnography.

I started teaching Spanish in 1998. During this period, my approach to language teaching has shifted from a rigid syllabus and predetermined goals to a more flexible syllabus and cooperative approaches of teaching inside and outside of the classroom. I'm constantly researching innovative and old-fashioned ways of teaching and learning, and reflecting on my own practice. 

Recent Postgraduate Students

  Graduation Name Degree Primary Supervisor
2017 Alejandro Dos Santos MA Advanced Languages Skills Y
2014 Carmen Marquez García MA Advanced Languages Skills Y
2012 Susana Rastelli MA Advanced Languages Skills
2010 Owen Harrington-Fernández MA Advanced Languages Skills Y
2009 Kate Griffin MA Advanced Languages Skills Y
2008 Paula Lojo Sandino MA Advanced Languages Skills Y
2008 Ernestina Ventura Roda MA Advanced Languages Skills Y
2007 Mercedes Arévalo Catalán MA Advanced Languages Skills Y
2007 Ana Lanau Larramona MA Advanced Languages Skills Y
2007 Alberto Avezuela MA Advanced Languages Skills Y
2007 Nuria Biosca Costa. MA Advanced Languages Skills Y

Current Postgraduate Students (Research)

  Student Degree Type Type
Raquel Rodriguez-Fernandez Doctorate - Structured Ph.D. in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Supervisor

Modules Taught

  Term/Year Module Title Module Code Subject / Desc
2018/2019 Skills for Language Learning GLSK1100 Module for BA Global Languages and skills and strategies to learn languages
2018/2019 Introduction to Translation Studies GL1100 Lectures on children's literature in translation
2017/2019 Research Methods SH556 MA Taught Spanish, ALS and Translation Studies
2014/2015 Grammar Lectures - Spanish B1 SH226/SH227
2014/2015 Erasmus Preparation SH228
2012/2014 Traducción y Contexto SH342 Translation for Erasmus Students from Spain
2012/2019 Spanish Second Year 228 Spanish B2
2010/2015 Modern Children Literature and Fiction CS122 Harry Potter and the Series of Unfortunate Events (modules)
2010/2019 Minor Dissertation and ViVA Preparation SH520/507
2009/2010 Pragmatica Practica SH339/SH340
2006/2019 Translation Technology SH560/561
2006/2019 First Year Coordinator SH112/113/102/140/1100/1101/1102
2006/2019 Spanish Second Year Ex-Intermediate SH226/227 Spanish B1
2006/2019 Advanced Language SKills I and II SH562/563 Postgraduate
2006/2019 Lengua Española Avanzada y Gramática Española SH339/SH340 Spanish B2 - C1
2006/2019 Spanish Intermediate Arts SH1101 Spanish A2-B1
2006/2019 Spanish Beginners Arts Sh1100 Spanish A1-A2
2006/2019 Intermediate Spanish - Commerce, Corporate Law SH140 Spanish A2-B1
2006/2019 Beginners Spanish - Commerce, Corporate Law SH102 Spanish A1-A2
2003/2009 Redaccion B1.B2 SH339/340
2003/2006 Spanish for Spanish Secondary School Teachers PGDE
2003/2006 A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 Spoken Spanish`
2003/2006 B1 Arts and Commerce Language Lab

External Collaborators

  Name Organisation / Institute Country Description of Collaboration
Dr Owen Harrington Fernández Henriot-Watt University UNITED KINGDOM
Children's identity in translation research project
Adolfo Carbón Spanish Consulate and Association of Teachers of Spanish in Ireland (ATS) IRELAND
Hosting training workshops for teachers of Spanish - March 2019
Dr María Mendez Santos University of Alicante SPAIN
Maria was carrying out research from September 2018 to January 2019 and a series of talks in NUI Galway - Spanish. We hosted her and supported and advised her on her research project profiling Irish students of Spanish and the process of disengagement in language learning linked to demotivating experiences. Talks were carried out in the Moore Institute - 2019