Ms Nuria Polo-Pérez
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Nuria is an Assistant Teaching Fellow in Spanish at the Centre for Foreign Language Study (CFLS), in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, and a PhD student at the School of Education. She holds a degree in Translation and Interpreting Studies from the Autonomous University of Madrid, and an MA in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language from the Menéndez Pelayo International University.
Her doctoral research focuses on the study of ‘language cafés’, particularly on the ways in which these informal environments may foster collaborative learning and intercultural dialogue.
Nuria has taught Spanish since 2010 in different institutions in the UK, including the Instituto Cervantes in Leeds, the University of Leeds, and Durham University. She has also taught a variety of teacher training courses and participated as a speaker in a number of conferences.
In addition to her formal teaching experience, she has worked as an external examiner for the International Baccalaureate and as a DELE examiner for the Instituto Cervantes. She is also a qualified translator with experience in general and legal translation, and localisation of video games.
She is particularly interested in language learning beyond the classroom and the role of foreign language speakers as intercultural mediators, as well as in cognitive grammar and the use of mediation and translation activities in the communicative and task-based language classroom.
- Polo-Pérez, Nuria (2020), Re)constructing imagined identities in language cafés: an ethnographic inquiry, in Axbey, Harriet & Riddle, Sharon eds, Imagining Better Education Imagining Better Education 2019. Durham, Durham University, School of Education, Durham, 59-70.