Associate Lecturer (E&S)
I have long experience teaching Spanish at all levels in the tertiary sector; indeed, my own experience of learning Spanish began as an adult, so I understand first-hand the issues and techniques of most relevance to adult learners. I have travelled extensively in Spain, spending a total of four years living in both the north and south of the country, and developing a particular interest in the medieval history of 'the three cultures', as well as current social and political issues. I also work as a translator, specialising in anthropology, ethnography, sociolinguistics, and politics, all of which, I hope, filters through into my teaching.
I teach on a range of Spanish courses in both the Department of Modern Languages (in particular, translation) and the Foreign Language Centre. I have a PGCE and the CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults), and have been teaching young (and not-so-young) adult language learners for twenty years. My own experience of learning Spanish from scratch as an adult has influenced my approach to teaching and learning - I am keen for students to become aware of their own language-learning skills profile, and to teach ways to enhance their strengths, while developing weaker skills. I aim to encourage and develop students' awareness of language, language systems, and their own skills profiles. To achieve this I favour communicative practice and enhanced self-study techniques, while not forgetting the value of direct, didactic explanation (for example, of grammar points) as required. I hope, overall, to help students develop as independent learners. My experience has shown me that learning a language is a complex process that demands whole-person engagement - it is a huge challenge, but one that offers commensurate rewards.
Born in Luton, England, 1963.