¡Hola! I am the founder and coach of SMART-Learning for Spanish, and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Westminster (London) where I coordinate the Spanish Open Language Programme and conduct research on effective language learning since 2002. I also deliver teacher trainer workshops at the Instituto Cervantes London, I am an examiner for Cambridge International Examinations, and I currently work as a Spanish Development Editor for Hodder & Stoughton in a new Spanish graded-reader project.
At SMART-Learning for Spanish I design and deliver the coaching, interactive talks and workshops that are offered to students and teachers of Spanish and other foreign languages . My approach is based on more than 20 years of experience of teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language, and incorporates research from the fields of applied linguistics and cognitive psychology.
As a teacher trainer I have delivered workshops and talks on language learning strategies for institutions like the University of Westminster, the University of Notingham, Universidad de Salamanca (Spain), Consejería de Educación en el Reino Unido y República de Irlanda, Instituto Cervantes Berlin, and Instituto Cervantes London.
I have worked in British and Spanish educational institutions teaching Spanish for general purposes, for businesses and training students for Spanish exams. I also have extensive experience as an examiner, course developer, and learning advisor.
Education and Training
I gained my BA (Hons) in Education at the Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca (Spain) and later completed an MA in Modern Languages in Education at the University College of London Institute of Education (UK).
I have been trained in “Improving Language Learning Styles-and-Strategies-Based Instruction” at the University of Minnesota (USA), and in coaching skills at the University of Westminster and The Coaching Academy. I also hold an EUROLTA Teacher Trainer qualification, a DELE (Diploma de Español Lengua Extranjera) examiner accreditation and a Certificate in Spanish Language Teaching to Adults from International House Madrid.
I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, member of the AILA Research Network on Learner Autonomy, and a member of ELE-UK (UK Association for the Teaching of Spanish in Higher and Adult Education).
My research interest is in the area of language learning strategies. I conduct and publish studies on strategies used by good learners of Spanish, and on the effects of strategy training activities. At present I am researching the vocabulary learning strategies of good language learners.
You can access more information about my academic activities in my University of Westminster web page.