I completed my B.A. in English at the Universidad de Almería (Spain), although I also attended Loughborough University (UK) as an Erasmus student as part of my degree. I taught Spanish at various secondary schools in England while working on my DEA (Diploma de Estudios Avanzados) and on my PhD at UNED, which I completed in 2010. Before joining the University of Wollongong, I was the Head of the Languages and Geography area at Cadbury Sixth Form College (Birmingham, UK) and worked as a part-time language tutor at the Centre for Modern Languages of the University of Birmingham. I joined the University of Wollongong in January 2013 and I lecture in the Spanish programme.
My main area of interest is in linguistics, particularly in phonetics and dialectology. I am particularly interested in the varieties of Spanish from Andalusia, with a focus on vowel variation and consonant deletion.
I am also interested in language acquisition, mainly Spanish as a foreign language and the teaching and learning of pronunciation. I also carry out research on how the regional accents of English speakers influence their acquisition of Spanish pronunciation.
I have written nine educational resources. My latest book, Doce historias muy cortas para mejorar tu vocabulario, contains 12 short stories in Spanish designed to improve the vocabulary of leaners of Spanish at intermediate level whilst revising grammar and introducing students of Spanish as a foreign language to literary analysis. I have also written a reader’s guide to Federico García Lorca’s La casa de Bernarda Alba and Ramón J. Sender’s Réquiem por un campesino español (available here) to make these works more accessible to students of Spanish as a foreign language.