My teaching methodology is eclectic. Always student centered, using different approaches depending on the student needs. Creating communicative environment in which students feel free to use the language in spontaneous settings in order to develop their communicative and intercultural competence in real-life situations through the use of authentic material.
I have been teaching Spanish in secondary and university level for more than 20 years in different countries. My teaching and learning experience in France and with English speakers students in Jamaica, the United States and the UK has given me an excellent opportunity to be able to teach and know learner's needs in different international contexts.
July 2020 PhD in Linguistics, Title of Thesis :" Improving writing skills through the use of New Technologies", by the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
April 2011 DEA, Diploma of Advanced Studies, Development of Multimedia and New Methodologies in the Foreign Language Teaching, UNED, National University of Distance Education, Spain
July 2002 Masters of Education, Open and Distance Education Learning, UNED, National University of Distance Education, Spain
June 1990 Bachelor of Arts, Spanish Philology (Spanish Language and Literature), Minor in French, University of Murcia, Spain
SPECIALIZED TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION
March 1, 2018 IX Online Conference for Teachers in Madrid organized by Difusión Editorial, Spain
June, 2016 Attendance to the online Jornadas Virtual USATIC, Ubicuo y Social, Aprendizaje con TIC
March 2016 Online Tutor AVE Global. Instituto Cervantes, Spain
November 2006- 2015 Official DELE Examiner, Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language (Levels A1, A2, A1 Escolar, A2-B1, B1, B2, C1, C2). Instituto Cervantes, Spain
December 2012 Workshop for Spanish as a Foreign Language Teachers. International House and University of Barcelona, Spain
July 2011 Certificate Integration of Web Technologies in the Foreign Language Classroom, UNED, Denia, Spain
June 2009 Expert in E-Learning 2.0. Internet Education and Online Training. University of Camilo José Cela, Spain
December 2008 CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) and the use of New Technologies Training. ANDELE (Asociación Andaluza de ELE)
May 2008 Online Tutor AVE (Virtual Spanish Classroom). Instituto Cervantes, Spain
November 2007 Online Course Development using Moodle Course Management System. CUPIDE (Caribbean Universities Project), Jamaica
August 2005 Spanish Teaching Methodology, Teaching Spanish to Immigrants. Instituto Cervantes and University of Andalucía, Spain
January-May 2003 Spanish Teaching Methodology, Spanish for Professional Use, Instituto Cervantes and the University of La Rioja, Spain
2002 Diploma in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language, Instituto Cervantes and University of Valencia, Spain
2001 Certificate in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language, Instituto Cervantes and University of Alicante, Spain
September 2018-present Teaching Fellow in Spanish, Department of Modern Languages
University of Birmingham
August 2015– 2018 Instructor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA)
Taught a variety of Spanish undergraduate courses all levels and and developed and taught fully online courses.
August 2006–July 2015 Lecturer, School of Humanities and Social Sciences
University of Technology, Jamaica
Taught a variety of Spanish undergraduate courses (Spanish for Specific Purposes, Beginners, Intermediate and Advance Spanish) and coordinated Spanish for Tourism Courses. Also taught French for Tourism, Intermediate Level. Examiner DELE UTech Center
November 2004-2006 Spanish-French Teacher, St Andrew High School for Girls, Kingston, Jamaica
August 1996-July 2004 Instructor, University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica
Taught Spanish at all levels (Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced Courses)
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