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I joined Kingston University in January 2006 as a part-time language tutor, teaching Spanish language courses at all levels in the Kingston Language Scheme (KLS) Programme. Since 2012 I have been teaching in the Spanish minor degree programmes and became the Director of KLS managing and organising all language courses. Prior to teaching at HE level, I worked in the commercial sector in a managerial position, devising and implementing a training strategy in a global organisation. I also devised tailor-made Spanish language courses for employees to improve their language skills in the business environment.
Senior Modern language lecturer and Kingston Language Scheme Director
My areas of research lie in Spanish & Latin American Politics, foreign language acquisition and visual arts.
Visual arts: cinema and politics, how cinema generates meaning and foregrounds public engagement and political inquiry. Ways in which Spanish Cinema in the 21st century have explored and re-visited Francoism & Spanish Civil War.
Language and Media in contemporary Spain: how the language used in the Spanish mass media, in particular television, is influencing the day-to-day use of the language. Oral language acquisition through liaison interpreting.
The use of technology in language learning acquisition is of great interest, I am currently leading a project on a blended learning (part face-to-face and part online) for our Kingston Language Scheme modules.