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Ms Marcela Reyes-Otaiza

Assistant Teaching Fellow in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 44351
Room number: A36, Elvet Riverside I

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2009 ∙ PGCert in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education ∙ Durham University ∙ UK

2007 ∙ Teacher of Spanish as a Foreign Language ∙ Instituto Cervantes ∙ Manchester ∙ UK

November 2003 to June 2004 I was a Researcher, Curator and Artist on a project entitled: Textual and visual research: i-textual. Exhibited in the National Library, Caracas - Venezuela

2001 ∙ Licenciatura en Letras (BA Humanities) Universidad Católica Andrés Bello ∙ Venezuela. Distinction: Thesis Mención Publicación.


I have 13 years of experience as a teacher of Spanish Language, which includes teaching native and non-native speakers. After finishing a BA in Humanities at Andres Bello Catholic University (Caracas, Venezuela) I worked as a teacher of Grammar and Literature in Secondary Education and as a Teacher of Language and Communication in Higher Education at Simón Bolívar University, primarily focusing on improving communicational skills for Spanish native speakers.

As my interest in second language acquisition deepened, I started training at Instituto Cervantes in the UK as Teacher of Spanish as a Foreign Language and then joined the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at Durham University in 2007 where I completed a PGCert in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education. I have been teaching in all Core Language Modules, from Ab initio to Post A-Level and from the first to the final year.

Teaching and Administrative Commitments

SPAN1011 Coordinator
SPAN3011 Spanish Language

Year Abroad Officer for Latin America 

Year Abroad Tutor

Research Interests

  • Contemporary Latin American Cinema
  • Contemporary Latin American Literature
  • Gender and Queer Studies

Selected Publications

Conference papers

  • (2007), Venezuela: Tierra de Gracia presented for the Instituto Cervantes/Royal Grammar School, Manchester, UK, Instituto Cervantes/Royal Grammar School, Manchester, England.
  • (2006), El narrar heterogéneo de Mario Bellatín at the Latin American Studies Association Annual Meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • (2005), Mario Bellatín: Del fotomontaje al texto at Integrated Postgraduate Programmes in Literature in Caracas, Venezuela.

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