Dr Mariana Gonzalez

Dr Mariana GonzalezTeaching Fellow in Spanish

Contact Details

Qualifications

  • PhD Linguistic and Literary Studies in their Sociocultural Contexts, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain.
  • Diploma of Advanced Studies (DEA) in Development of Multimedia and New Methodologies in the Foreign Language Teaching and M.Ed. in Foreign Language Teaching. National University of Distance Education, Spain
  • BA Spanish Philology, University of Murcia, Spain

Research

My research focusses on the use of new technologies (especially social networks) as tools to foster autonomous learning and student motivation in foreign language learning. My PhD thesis, New Technologies for the Development of Writing Skills with Jamaican University Students, which was awarded “summa cum laude”,  explored the use of new technologies for the development of writing skills in multilingual contexts. My most recent research is focused on the implementation of online language courses in Higher Education and the development of oral skills in virtual environments.

Book chapters and Journal articles

  • Implementación de la Modalidad Online para el Aprendizaje de ELE en un contexto universitario en Estados Unidos. Ebook: Casos de éxito en aprendizaje ubicuo y social mediado con tecnologías. Chapter IV. USATIC 2017. Red EuLES, 2018, Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain.
  • Learning Spanish Agreement in a multilingual university context: the case of Jamaican students, González Boluda, Mariana, and Verónica Trujillo González, Boletín de Lingüística, Universidad Central de Venezuela. XXVIII 45-46 2016, p. 27-43.
  • Towards an intercultural perspective in Manuals of Spanish as a Foreign Language Zona Próxima No 22 2015, p. 216-225.
  • Use of Blogs and Social Networks for Foreign Language Learning in a University Context Núcleo No 29 2012, p. 39-57.
  • Exploring autonomous learning as a way of improving Foreign Language proficiency in Jamaican Tertiary Education. The UWI Quality Education Forum 2012.
  • Towards Language Learner Autonomy in Higher Education through the use of Blogs and Wikis Zona Próxima No 16 2012, p. 14-29.
  • Comparative study of online translators: Systran, Reverso and Google Núcleo No 27 2010, p. 187-216.

Teaching

SP1010, Year 1,  Spanish Language Advanced (module coordinator)

SP2010, Year 2, Spanish Language Post-Advanced (coordinator for the written part)

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