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Jordina Sala-Branchadell

Biography

Originally from Barcelona, I first graduated in Political Sciences at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. In 2007, I started teaching Spanish as a foreign language at the University of Birmingham while still working, during the summer term, as a Human Rights consultant for the Andorran Government at the UN Headquarters in Geneva until 2009. Between 2009-2011, I taught Spanish language at undergraduate level at Aston University where I also completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice and became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

In 2011, I was appointed Catalan Lector by Institut Ramon Llull and started teaching Catalan language and culture modules at the University of Exeter. In the following year, I was awarded an MRes in European Languages and Cultures after completion of a dissertation on contemporary Catalan Pop Music and started to work part-time as an Associate Lecturer in the Department of Modern Languages. Since then, I have convened, taught, developed and coordinated language and culture modules in Catalan Studies (2011-2014) and contributed substantially to the Spanish language modules at undergraduate level as well (mainly MLS1001 and MLS2001).

In 2013 I was promoted to Lecturer -in the Education and Scholarship family- and since then I have been also co-ordinating the Evening Language Programme and exploring its potential within the Foreign Language Centre. In 2016, I became a fully accredited Spanish DELE Examiner and, since then,  I have organised, in collaboration with Instituto Cervantes, the Spanish DELE Exams at the University of Exeter.