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Language Teaching and Learning

This research branches out to the many different areas on which language teachers focus their own research. From the outset, the Diasporic Identities strand will integrate Language Teachers into the research process, underscoring, for their institutions and the public, their potential as transcultural and transnational agents.


Álvarez, I., Fuertes-Gutierrez, M. and Barkanyi, Z. (2020). Supporting the teaching of pronunciation in the language curriculum. In: Ubachs, George ed. The Envisioning Report for Empowering Universities (4th ed). The Netherlands: European Association of Distance Teaching Universities, pp. 12–14. https://empower.eadtu.eu/images/report/The_Envisioning_Report_for_EMPOWERING_Universities_4th_Edition_2020.pdf

Álvarez, I., Montoro, C., de Medeiros, A., Kelly, D., Hazard, A. (2020). Language learning experiences of postgraduate research students in the UK. The Language Learning Journal. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/09571736.2020.1724186

Bárkányi, Z. & Fuertes-Gutiérrez, M. (2019). Dialectical variation and Spanish Language Teaching (SLT): Perspectives from the United Kingdom. Journal of Spanish Language Teaching . DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/23247797.2019.1676980


We have created a short online course aimed at teachers of Spanish working in the United Kingdom who wish to extend their theoretical and practical knowledge on teaching Spanish pronunciation. This course is based on our research on teaching languages in Higher Education. It has been authored by Zsuzsanna Bárkányi (The Open University) and Antonio Infante (The University of York). The course offers ideas and practical skills that can be used in the virtual or face-to-face classroom. It is freely available and can be accessed via OpenLearnCreate. If you access the course and would like to send us some feedback, please contact us at: diasporic.identities@open.ac.uk. We would also like to hear from you if you are interested in creating and sharing language teaching resources for which we can provide training and support.

Conference presentations

ELEUK Annual Conference 2019, University of Edinburgh, UK, 13-14 June 2019. 'La enseñanza de la pronunciación en el aula de ELE: recursos para la formación del profesorado'. Zsuzsanna Bárkányi

20th AULC Annual Conference, King's College London, UK, 10-11 January 2019. 'Team researching in languages'. Mara Fuertes Gutiérrez, Inma Álvarez, Carlos Montoro, Elina Vilar Beltrán