Mr Diego Soto Hernando
Associate Lecturer in Hispanic Studies (E&S)
I hold a BA Honours in English Studies from the University of Valladolid (Spain), in which I earned the Extraordinary Achievement Award for University Studies (Premio Extraordinario). I soon developed an interest in language teaching, taking a Master's Degree in Language Teaching Methodology. Currently specialized in teaching Spanish, I hold a Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Master's Degree in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language, organized by Instituto Cervantes and Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo (Spain).
I am External Examiner in Spanish for the University of Reading IWLP programmes and for the University of Nottingham Language Centre (Malaysia and China campuses). I am Accredited Examiner at all levels for the DELE Examinations by Instituto Cervantes, and I have been member of DELE Exam Boards at Instituto Cervantes in Spain, the University of Exeter, Cardiff University and the University of Latvia. I also collaborate sporadically in marking and moderation duties with Cambridge Assessment and International Baccalaureate.
I have taught Spanish at Higher Education institutions for over 10 years within undergraduate specialist programmes, Institution-Wide Language Programmes and University Language Centres. I received a Fulbright Scholarship in 2010-2011 for a Teaching Assistantship in the United States, at Bard College (New York), where I returned as Visiting Instructor in 2013-2014. I have also taught at Cardiff University (Wales), Instituto Cervantes London, Instituto Cervantes New York (USA), the University of Stirling (Scotland), the National University of Ireland in Galway, the University of Limerick (Ireland), Universidad Nebrija (Madrid, Spain), the University of Valladolid (Spain) and English Perfect Szkoła Języków Obcych (Olsztyn, Poland).
In the summer months, I teach intensive language courses at Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo (Santander, Spain).
My research interests lie in the fields of Second Language Acquisition and Teaching Pronunciation Skills in the Language Classroom. In relation to the latter, I have delivered a number of workshops on methodology and current trends in teaching pronunciation at teacher-training events, including the International Congress for Teachers of Spanish in Barcelona (Encuentro Práctico de Barcelona), the Annual Conference of the Association of University Language Centres (AULC), the Conference for Teaching Spanish at Higher Education Institutions in the UK (ELE-UK) and UK Lingua.
More recently, in September 2017, I presented the paper “Rediscovering Forgotten Concepts that Help Us Teach Pronunciation Skills" at the University of Leeds, within the Language Learning and Teaching Conference.
External impact and engagement
On an annual basis, I act as Guest Lecturer at the University of Barcelona within their BA in Hispanic Studies and their MA in Teaching Spanish in Professional Contexts.
In my career, I have coordinated Spanish language courses and modules at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, as well as specific module components (oral classes, culture seminars and language labs).
At Exeter, I teach a range of Spanish language modules at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels for the Hispanic Studies Unit and the Foreign Language Centre. Within both disciplines, I make a significant contribution to curriculum development, designing teaching and assessment materials, including e-tests. In 2016-17, I designed from scratch and coordinated the new FLC module Spanish in the Workplace. I am currently Module Convenor for Spanish Intermediate Fast-Track.
- Nominated by students for the Teaching Awards 2016 & 2017 in the category 'Best Lecturer'. University of Exeter.
- Nominated by students for the Enriching Student Life Awards 2016 in the category 'Most Effective Teacher'. Cardiff University.
- Shortlisted for the Teaching Excellence Awards 2015 in the categories 'Most Inspiring Tutor' and 'Teaching Excellence'. University of Stirling.