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Jordina Sala-Branchadell

Research interests

My main research interest is the learning and teaching of foreign languages. I’m curious about different methodologies and all new e-learning tools, but specially enthusiastic about CLIL's -Content and Language Integrated Learning- multi-faceted approach which I always try to implement as much as I can in the modules I teach. Along these lines, in 2011 I contributed to a Routes into Languages project designing free-access materials to support KS5 and undergraduate students in their transition to a language degree. Besides my interest for methodology, I have also looked  into the implementation and assessment of university-wide language programmes and I am particularly interested on how they integrate employability in their curriculum.

Within Catalan Studies, my work is mainly focused on Visual and Popular Culture. This area allows me to bring into my research a variety of literature and, somehow, to streamline both my education background in Social Sciences and the in-depth study of Catalan language and culture. My masters' dissertation dealt with the Representation of the City in Catalan Pop Music and the Production of a so-called Barcelona Music Scene. More recently, I have looked into both political and artistic discourses and their reception in the virtual space.

Finally, with regard to student engagement and university outreach, the most successful cultural activities I have organised at Exeter so far have been Pau Alabajos' concert on Catalan protest songs and a storytelling event about Pere Calders' short stories.