Senior Lecturer in Spanish
Information Systems and International Studies
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Esperanza is Programme Director for the BA (Hons) International Business Management degree at the Cardiff School of Management. She is also a Senior Lecturer in Spanish and Intercultural studies.
Esperanza graduated from the University of Alicante (Spain) in 1989 gaining a “Licenciatura en Filosofía y Letras” (Honours degree combining Spanish and English Studies). In 1993 she attained a Masters in Applied Linguistics (MA) from UWCC at the School of English Studies. Her MA thesis centred on the enhancement of communicative competence via the inclusion of intercultural communication skills in the foreign language curriculum. As part of her continuos professional development, in 1999, Esperanza gained a PGCE in Further Education at UWIC.
Prior to commencing her career at UWIC in 1993, Esperanza was employed by the Department of European Studies at University of Wales College Cardiff (UWCC) in 1990, teaching undergraduate students for 3 years.
Primarily, her teaching areas are Business Spanish and Intercultural Studies. She is also involved in the supervision of undergraduate dissertations and business projects.
Esperanza has a number of roles within the school which include:
-Field Group Chair for the Languages and Intercultural Studies field group
-Modern Foreign Languages co-ordinator within the Cardiff School of Management
-Module leader for all language modules
-Module leader for Intercultural Awareness for Business
-Year 1 and Year 2 tutor for IBM students
-Moderator for the BA International Business Management franchise at International University College in Bulgaria
Esperanza is also a member of the Work Based Learning Committee and Collaborative Provision Committee
While Esperanza’s initial research interests have focused on the teaching and learning of Spanish as a foreign language, everyday teaching experience over the years has widened these research interests to include:
- Cultural diversity and cross-cultural communication
- Internationalisation of education and multicultural pedagogy
- Autonomous language learning and the role of VLE
- Design of teaching / learning material of Spanish for vocational/specific purposes
-Language testing and assessments
Having completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Social Research, Esperanza is currently undertaking research for her Doctoral Studies. Her PhD research centres on the theme of internationalisation of Higher Education and student experiences of “internationalisation at home”.
Esperanza is also a member of the Governance, Accountability and Social Justice research group within the Cardiff School of Management.