My research interests and expertise lie in the general areas of applied linguistics, Romance linguistics, and more specifically in the areas of second language acquisition, bilingualism and psycholinguistics. I am interested in linguistic and environmental factors (e.g. socio-economic status, context of exposure to the two languages, etc.) and their effect on the acquisition of grammatical phenomena in English and Spanish (e.g. compound nouns, tense and aspect, grammatical gender). I am also interested in the application of this type of research to the teaching of foreign languages and translation.

Areas of Expertise

  • Linguistics
  • Second language acquisition
  • Bilingual children
  • Bilingual adults
  • Spanish language
  • English language
  • Translation

Publications

  1. & Understanding grooming discourse in computer-mediated environments. Discourse, Context & Media 12, 40-50.
  2. & Transparency of Nominal Compounds in Medical English: Problems in their Translation into Spanish and Slovak. In Pius ten Hacken, Renata Panocova (Ed.), Word Formation and Transparency in Medical English. (pp. 97-132). Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars.
  3. & Grammatical gender selection and phrasal word order in child heritage Spanish: A feature re-assembly approach. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition 19(01), 50-68.
  4. & Bilingual Constructions of Two Systems. In Advances in the Study of Bilingualism. (pp. 63-89). Bristol: Multilingual Matters.
  5. & Measuring Grammatical Knowledge and Abilities in Bilinguals: Implications for Assessment and Testing. In Issues in the Assessment of Bilinguals. (pp. 111-129). Bristol: Multilingual Matters.

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Teaching

  • ML-320 Modern Languages Dissertation Preparation

    This module introduces you to the practice of research and dissertation writing in the field of Modern Languages and will guide you in the first part of your dissertation preparation. Areas covered include: selecting a relevant topic, asking relevant research questions, preparing and writing up a literature review, preparing and writing up a research proposal, research methods and library research tools, making use of foreign-language sources, structuring your dissertation, analysis and argumentation, compiling a bibliography. In addition to lectures and seminars, you will have three meetings with your supervisor. By the end of the module you will have developed your dissertation topic, know what methodology you will use and have acquired knowledge of how to organise and lay out your dissertation. Assessment for the module consists of a literature review, a research proposal and a presentation.

  • ML-321 Modern Languages Dissertation

    This module provides students with the opportunity to research one aspect of French, German, Italian or Hispanic culture in detail, and to present the findings of their research in a dissertation of 8000 words. The module will be taught by means of four practical seminars on research and writing skills, and through three formal supervision sessions with a dissertation supervisor. Your supervisor will help you to find a topic, suggest research strategies, agree a suitable title, discuss the structure of your dissertation, and will read closely and comment on one draft chapter. The topic may relate to a module you are doing at Level 3, provided that this does not involve a duplication of material and is agreed with the module coordinator in advance. The dissertations may be written in English, in your target language, or in Welsh (where Welsh-medium provision is available).

  • ML-M25 Gender in Contemporary European Culture

    This module provides an introduction to the representation of gender in contemporary European culture through in-depth analysis of groundbreaking, sometimes controversial, novels, plays and films. It pays close attention to the nexus of gender and sexuality, ethnicity, work, the media, history, scandal, desire and politics. All texts will be read in translation.

  • MLS160A Spanish Language 1A

    This module is the foundation of advanced level study of Spanish which will equip students with the skills needed to use Spanish in general and professional environments. The module aims to consolidate and extend the language skills developed by students at A level (or equivalent) and to facilitate their progress in linguistic competence. It concentrates on developing fluency and accuracy in written and spoken Spanish, establishing a firm grammatical understanding of the language, and extending students¿ vocabulary to read, write, interpret and speak about issues related to contemporary Hispanic society and culture. The module aims to enhance students¿ employability by introducing them to Professional Spanish, providing a grounding in the vocabulary and use of Business Spanish. Classes are mainly conducted in Spanish. It is typically taken in conjunction with MLS160B. There is also a Welsh-medium version of this module: MLS160AW.

  • MLS160AW Iaith Sbaeneg 1A

    Mae'r modiwl hwn yn gosod sylfaen ar gyfer astudio Sbaeneg ar lefel uwch, a fydd yn galluogi myfyrwyr i feithrin y sgiliau sy'n angenrheidiol i ddefnyddio Sbaeneg mewn amgylchiadau cyffredinol a phroffesiynol. Nod y modiwl yw atgyfnerthu ac ymestyn y sgiliau iaith a ddatblygwyd gan fyfyrwyr wrth astudio Safon Uwch (neu gymhwyster cyfwerth) a hwyluso datblygiad eu hyfedredd ieithyddol. Mae'n canolbwyntio ar ddatblygu rhuglder a chywirdeb wrth ysgrifennu a siarad Sbaeneg, gan sefydlu dealltwriaeth ramadegol gadarn o'r iaith, ac ymestyn geirfa'r myfyrwyr i'w galluogi i ddarllen, ysgrifennu, dehongli a siarad am faterion sy'n berthnasol i gymdeithas a diwylliant Hisbaenaidd cyfoes. Bydd y modiwl yn ceisio gwella cyflogadwyedd myfyrwyr drwy gyflwyno Sbaeneg Proffesiynol iddynt, gan ddarparu sylfaen yng ngeirfa a defnydd Sbaeneg Busnes iddynt. Cynhelir y dosbarthiadau yn Sbaeneg yn bennaf. Mae'r modiwl hwn yn cael ei astudio'n aml ar y cyd ag MLS160B. Mae fersiwn cyfrwng Saesneg o'r modiwl hwn ar gael hefyd, sef MLS160A. This module is the foundation of advanced level study of Spanish which will equip students with the skills needed to use Spanish in general and professional environments. The module aims to consolidate and extend the language skills developed by students at A level (or equivalent) and to facilitate their progress in linguistic competence. It concentrates on developing fluency and accuracy in written and spoken Spanish, establishing a firm grammatical understanding of the language, and extending students¿ vocabulary to read, write, interpret and speak about issues related to contemporary Hispanic society and culture. The module aims to enhance students¿ employability by introducing them to Professional Spanish, providing a grounding in the vocabulary and use of Business Spanish. Classes are mainly conducted in Spanish. It is typically taken in conjunction with MLS160B. There is also a Welsh-medium version of this module: MLS160AW.

  • MLS160B Spanish Language 1B

    This module is the foundation of advanced level study of Spanish which will equip students with the skills needed to use Spanish in general and professional environments. The module aims to consolidate and extend the language skills developed by students at A level (or equivalent) and in MLS160A and to facilitate their progress in linguistic competence. It concentrates on further developing fluency and accuracy in written and spoken Spanish, establishing a firm grammatical understanding of the language, and extending students¿ vocabulary to read, write, interpret and speak about issues related to contemporary Hispanic society and culture. The module aims to enhance students¿ employability by introducing them to the ideas underlying Sustainable Development (SD) in Spanish, providing a grounding in the vocabulary and use of Spanish in SD-related contexts. Classes are mainly conducted in Spanish. It is typically taken in conjunction with MLS160A. There is also a Welsh-medium version of this module: MLS160BW.

  • MLS160BW Iaith Sbaeneg 1B

    Mae'r modiwl hwn yn gosod sylfaen ar gyfer astudio Sbaeneg ar lefel uwch, a fydd yn galluogi myfyrwyr i feithrin y sgiliau sy'n angenrheidiol i ddefnyddio Sbaeneg mewn amgylchiadau cyffredinol a phroffesiynol. Nod y modiwl yw atgyfnerthu ac ymestyn y sgiliau a ddatblygwyd gan fyfyrwyr wrth astudio am Safon Uwch (neu gymhwyster cyfwerth) ac yn MLS160A a hwyluso datblygiad eu hyfedredd ieithyddol. Mae'n canolbwyntio ar ddatblygu rhuglder a chywirdeb wrth siarad ac ysgrifennu Sbaeneg ymhellach,gan sefydlu dealltwriaeth ramadegol gadarn o'r iaith ac ymestyn geirfa'r myfyrwyr i'w galluogi i ddarllen, ysgrifennu, dehongli a siarad am faterion sy'n berthnasol i gymdeithas a diwylliant Hisbaenaidd cyfoes. Bydd y modiwl yn ceisio gwella cyflogadwyedd myfyrwyr drwy gyflwyno'r syniadau sydd ynghlwm wrth Ddatblygu Cynaliadwy iddynt yn Sbaeneg, gan ddarparu sylfaen yng ngeirfa a defnydd Sbaeneg mewn cyd-destunau sy'n ymwneud â datblygu cynaliadwy. Cynhelir y dosbarthiadau yn Sbaeneg yn bennaf. Mae'r modiwl hwn yn cael ei astudio'n aml ar y cyd ag MLS160AW. Mae fersiwn cyfrwng Saesneg o'r modiwl hwn ar gael hefyd, sef MLS160B. This module is the foundation of advanced level study of Spanish which will equip students with the skills needed to use Spanish in general and professional environments. The module aims to consolidate and extend the language skills developed by students at A level (or equivalent) and in MLS160A and to facilitate their progress in linguistic competence. It concentrates on further developing fluency and accuracy in written and spoken Spanish, establishing a firm grammatical understanding of the language, and extending students¿ vocabulary to read, write, interpret and speak about issues related to contemporary Hispanic society and culture. The module aims to enhance students¿ employability by introducing them to the ideas underlying Sustainable Development (SD) in Spanish, providing a grounding in the vocabulary and use of Spanish in SD-related contexts. Classes are mainly conducted in Spanish. It is typically taken in conjunction with MLS160A. There is also a Welsh-medium version of this module: MLS160BW.

  • MLS209 The Evolution of the Spanish Language

    This module provides students of Hispanic Studies with an insight into the evolutionary history of the Spanish language through the study of examples of texts and songs from the Early Middles Ages to the present day. These are examined against the historical, political and cultural background in which they were produced. The module provides students with the foundation knowledge to pursue academic modules related to historical linguistics and Hispanic culture.

  • MLS270A Intermediate Spanish Language A

    This module is the foundation of advanced level study of Spanish which will equip students who have previously taken MLS130 and MLS131 Beginner Spanish (or equivalent) with the skills needed to use Spanish in general and professional environments. It concentrates on developing fluency and accuracy in written and spoken Spanish, establishing a firm grammatical understanding of the language, and extending students¿ vocabulary to read, write, interpret and speak about issues related to contemporary Hispanic society and culture. The module aims to enhance students¿ employability by introducing them to Professional Spanish, providing a grounding in the vocabulary and use of Business Spanish. Classes are mainly conducted in Spanish. It is typically taken in conjunction with MLS270B. There is also a Welsh-medium version of this module: MLS270AW.

  • MLS270AW Iaith Sbaeneg Canolradd 2A

    Mae'r modiwl hwn yn gosod y sylfaen ar gyfer astudio Sbaeneg ar lefel uwch a fydd yn dysgu'r sgiliau sy'n angenrheidiol i ddefnyddio Sbaeneg mewn amgylchiadau cyffredinol a phroffesiynol i fyfyrwyr sydd wedi cwblhau MLS130(W) ac MLS131(W) Sbaeneg i ddechreuwyr (neu gwrs cyfwerth). Mae'n canolbwyntio ar ddatblygu rhuglder a chywirdeb wrth ysgrifennu a siarad Sbaeneg, gan sefydlu dealltwriaeth ramadegol gadarn o'r iaith ac ymestyn geirfa'r myfyrwyr i'w galluogi i ddarllen, ysgrifennu, dehongli a siarad am faterion sy'n ymwneud â chymdeithas a diwylliant Hisbaenaidd cyfoes. Bydd y modiwl yn ceisio gwella cyflogadwyedd myfyrwyr drwy gyflwyno Sbaeneg Proffesiynol iddynt, gan ddarparu sylfaen yng ngeirfa a defnydd Sbaeneg Busnes. Cynhelir y dosbarthiadau yn Sbaeneg yn bennaf. Yn aml iawn mae'r modiwl hwn yn cael ei astudio ar y cyd ag MLS270BW. Mae fersiwn cyfrwng Saesneg o'r modiwl hwn ar gael hefyd, sef MLS270A. This module is the foundation of advanced level study of Spanish which will equip students who have previously taken MLS130 and MLS131 Beginner Spanish (or equivalent) with the skills needed to use Spanish in general and professional environments. It concentrates on developing fluency and accuracy in written and spoken Spanish, establishing a firm grammatical understanding of the language, and extending students¿ vocabulary to read, write, interpret and speak about issues related to contemporary Hispanic society and culture. The module aims to enhance students¿ employability by introducing them to Professional Spanish, providing a grounding in the vocabulary and use of Business Spanish. Classes are mainly conducted in Spanish. It is typically taken in conjunction with MLS270B. There is also a Welsh-medium version of this module: MLS270AW.

  • MLS270B Intermediate Spanish Language B

    This module is the foundation of advanced level study of Spanish which will equip students who have previously taken MLS130 and MLS131 Beginner Spanish (or equivalent) with the skills needed to use Spanish in general and professional environments. The module aims to consolidate and extend the language skills developed by students who have previously taken MLS130 and MLS131 Beginner Spanish (or equivalent) and MLS270A Intermediate Spanish, and to facilitate their progress in linguistic competence. It concentrates on further developing fluency and accuracy in written and spoken Spanish, establishing a firm grammatical understanding of the language, and extending students¿ vocabulary to read, write, interpret and speak about issues related to contemporary Hispanic society and culture. The module aims to enhance students¿ employability by introducing them to the ideas underlying Sustainable Development (SD) in Spanish, providing a grounding in the vocabulary and use of Spanish in SD-related contexts. Classes are mainly conducted in Spanish. It is typically taken in conjunction with MLS270A. There is also a Welsh-medium version of this module: MLS270BW.

  • MLS270BW Iaith Sbaeneg Canolradd 2B

    Mae'r modiwl hwn yn gosod sylfaen ar gyfer astudio Sbaeneg ar lefel uwch, a fydd yn dysgu'r sgiliau sydd angenrheidiol i ddefnyddio Sbaeneg mewn amgylchiadau cyffredinol a phroffesiynol i fyfyrwyr sydd eisoes wedi cwblhau MLS130(W) ac MLS131(W) Sbaeneg i Ddechreuwyr (neu gyrsiau cyfwerth). Nod y modiwl yw atgyfnerthu ac ymestyn y sgiliau iaith a ddatblygwyd gan fyfyrwyr sydd eisoes wedi cwblhau MLS130(W) ac MLS131(W) Sbaeneg i Ddechreuwyr (neu gyrsiau cyfwerth) ac MLS270AW Sbaeneg Canolradd a hwyluso datblygiad eu hyfedredd ieithyddol. Mae'n canolbwyntio ar ddatblygu rhuglder a chywirdeb wrth ysgrifennu a siarad Sbaeneg ymhellach, gan sefydlu dealltwriaeth ramadegol gadarn o'r iaith ac ymestyn geirfa'r myfyrwyr i'w galluogi i ddarllen, ysgrifennu a siarad am faterion sy'n berthnasol i gymdeithas a diwylliant Hisbaenaidd cyfoes. Bydd y modiwl hwn yn ceisio gwella cyflogadwyedd myfyrwyr drwy gyflwyno'r syniadau sydd ynghlwm wrth ddatblygu cynaliadwy iddynt yn Sbaeneg, gan ddarparu sylfaen yng ngeirfa a defnydd Sbaeneg mewn cyd-destunau sy'n ymwneud â datblygu cynaliadwy. Cynhelir y dosbarthiadau yn Sbaeneg yn bennaf. Yn aml iawn mae'r modiwl hwn yn cael ei astudio ar y cyd ag MLS270AW. Mae fersiwn cyfrwng Saesneg o'r modiwl hwn ar gael hefyd, sef MLS270B. This module is the foundation of advanced level study of Spanish which will equip students who have previously taken MLS130 and MLS131 Beginner Spanish (or equivalent) with the skills needed to use Spanish in general and professional environments. The module aims to consolidate and extend the language skills developed by students who have previously taken MLS130 and MLS131 Beginner Spanish (or equivalent) and MLS270A Intermediate Spanish, and to facilitate their progress in linguistic competence. It concentrates on further developing fluency and accuracy in written and spoken Spanish, establishing a firm grammatical understanding of the language, and extending students¿ vocabulary to read, write, interpret and speak about issues related to contemporary Hispanic society and culture. The module aims to enhance students¿ employability by introducing them to the ideas underlying Sustainable Development (SD) in Spanish, providing a grounding in the vocabulary and use of Spanish in SD-related contexts. Classes are mainly conducted in Spanish. It is typically taken in conjunction with MLS270A. There is also a Welsh-medium version of this module: MLS270BW.

  • MLS300A Spanish General Language 3A

    This module is the culmination of advanced level study of Spanish which will equip students with the skills needed to communicate orally and in writing at a near-native level. This module aims to consolidate and extend the language skills developed by students from the beginners and advanced language pathways. It concentrates on developing clarity, fluency, organisation, structure and accuracy in written and spoken Spanish, establishing a firm understanding of the finer points of the language relating to grammar and discourse, and extending students¿ vocabulary to read, write, and speak about issues related to contemporary Hispanic society and culture. Classes are mainly conducted in Spanish. It is typically taken in conjunction with MLS300B. There is also a Welsh-medium version of this module: MLS300AW.

  • MLSM07 Intermediate Spanish for Postgraduate Students

    Professional translators typically need to be able to offer 2 languages pairs. Translation MA students who may have given up another language on leaving school can take this opportunity to pick it up again at Intermediate level and develop more advanced translation skills. This module combines the post A-Level first year General Language programme with, in the second semester, the corresponding Level 2 Translation Workshop (working into English). MA students join first and second year groups as appropriate, attending all classes and taking all assessments for the relevant modules. The final mark for the MA module is composed of the overall averages for the L1 General Language and L2 Translation Workshop modules, weighted 2:1. NB: this module involves 3 hours/week of classes in semester 1 and 4.5 hours/week in semester 2, and is only offered subject to satisfactory timetabling arrangements being available.

Supervision

  • Nominal Compounds in English and their Translations (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Maria Fernandez Parra
  • Saudi EFL Learners' Attitudes toward Using Machine Translation in their EFL Study Programme: A Case Study of Qassim University. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Andrew Rothwell

Research Groups

  • Centre for the Comparative Studies of the Americas

    The Centre for the Comparative Study of the Americas (CECSAM) is the product of a convergence of research and teaching interests between colleagues from the programmes of Hispanic and American Studies at Swansea University.

  • Language Research Centre

    The Language Research Centre (LRC) is a global hub for single, inter- and multi- disciplinary empirical research into language data and processes.