Universitat Rovira i Virgili

A team of professionals

The Center for Hispanic Studies is made up of a specialist team of professionals with a solid background in the training of education professionals in Spanish as a Foreign Language. Employing their many years of experience in education and academic research, the team have created a broad catalog of modern, top-quality educational programs to satisfy the increasing demand for Spanish language studies around the world.

Teaching faculty

Collaborating lecturers

Administrative and service staff

Esther Forgas Berdet

Esther Forgas Berdet is the Director of the Center for Hispanic Studies. Originally from Barcelona, she earned her Degree in Philosophy and Arts in 1976 and her PhD in Hispanic Studies in 1983 from the University of Barcelona. At the URV she has been a tenured professor since 1977 and a full professor of Spanish since 1992.

She has been the director of the Online Master's in the Teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language since 2000 and the director of the Official Master's in the Teaching of Foreign Languages (Spanish or English) since 2007. She is also the coordinator of the training program in Spanish Language and Hispanic Culture for Chinese university students.
 

In collaboration with Antoni Nomdedeu, in 2011 she won the Vicens Vives award for teaching quality from the Government of Catalonia for the URV training program for Chinese students.

She has led numerous R&D projects on lexicography and the teaching of Spanish as a foreign language and was commissioned by the Spanish Royal Academy to edit the 2001 and still-current edition of the Diccionario de la Lengua Española (DRAE). She has published over 50 books and book chapters on issues closely related to language and society, with special emphasis on the ideology of language and interculturality in language teaching.

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Antoni Nomdedeu Rull

Antoni Nomdedeu Rull is Executive Secretary of the Center for Hispanic Studies. Born in Reus, he earned his Degree in Hispanic Studies from the Rovira i Virgili University in 1998. In 2002 he earned a Master's in Applied Linguistics and a Master's in Information Systems from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He was awarded his PhD in Applied Linguistics by the Autonomous University of Barcelona in 2004.

He has been a professor in the Department of Romance Studies of the URV since 2010. Until 2013 he was the coordinator of the doctorate in Language, Literature and Culture. Previously he worked as a teacher of Spanish at the University of Naples "L'Orientale" (2006-2010), as a teacher of Spanish lexicography at the Suor Orsola Benincasa University in Naples (2006-2010), and as a teacher of Spanish and Translation at the University of L'Aquila (2009-2010). In 2012 at the Center for Applied Linguistics in Santiago de Cuba he taught a training course for teachers of Spanish as a foreign language to specialists from several institutions.
 

In collaboration with Esther Forgas, in 2011 he won the Vicens Vives award for teaching quality from the Government of Catalonia for the URV training program for Chinese students.

He has published fifty research papers on issues related to lexicography, the history of the Spanish lexis, and the teaching and learning of Spanish as a foreign language. He is a participant in the research project of the NEOLCYT group (FFI2010-15240) entitled Historical dictionary of modern scientific and technological Spanish (advanced phase) and is a member of the URV's Consolidated Research Group on Lexicography and Foreign Language Teaching (2014 SGR 1288). He is the main researcher on the URV-funded project entitled Historical dictionary of soccer terms (initial phase) (Ref. 2013LINE-04) (1 July 2013 to 31 December 2014).

He is the current secretary of the Revista Internacional de Lenguas Extranjeras (RILE) (International Journal of Foreign Languages) ​​of the URV's Department of Romance Studies.

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María Bargalló Escrivá

María Bargalló Escrivá earned her Degree in Hispanic Studies in 1981 from the University of Barcelona and her PhD in Hispanic Studies in 1988 also from the University of Barcelona. She is a tenured professor in the Department of Romance Studies of the Faculty of Arts at the URV. Her lines of research are Lexicography, Grammar, and Phraseology. At the URV she has taught Spanish language and Spanish as a foreign language courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, with special emphasis on the teaching of grammar and lexicography.
 

She has coordinated or participated in numerous projects in the above-mentioned lines of research, with special emphasis on matters relating to the relationships between grammar and the monolingual or bilingual dictionary, the boundaries between syntax and phraseology, and topics related to the historiography of grammatical concepts in the twentieth century.

Currently she is the coordinator of the Consolidated Research Group on Lexicography and Foreign Language Teaching (2014 SGR 1288).

She has participated in numerous conferences on Spanish as a foreign language teaching, lexicography, phraseology, linguistic historiography, and linguistics in general.

She has published numerous articles on, for example, the relationship between grammar and lexicography, the treatment of phraseology in dictionaries, and the history of grammar in the twentieth century.

She was a member of the editorial team for the Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española, which was published in 1996 by Santillana.

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Sandra Iglesia Martín

Sandra Iglesia Martín earned her Degree in Hispanic Studies from the Rovira i Virgili University in 1998. She earned a Master's in Applied Linguistics in 2002 and a Master's in Terminology and Lexicography in 2004, both from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. She was awarded her PhD in Applied Linguistics by the University of Barcelona in 2008.

She has been an adjunct professor in the Department of Romance Studies at the URV since 2007, since when she has taught courses on the URV's Master's in the Teaching of Foreign Languages (Spanish). Since 2003 she has taught Spanish as a foreign language at several teaching institutions in Tarragona. During the academic year 2006-2007 she was a Spanish as a Foreign Language teacher in Lodz (Poland).
 

She is a member of the URV's Consolidated Research Group on Lexicography and Foreign Language Teaching (2014 SGR 1288). She has published research articles on matters related to lexicography, languages for special purposes, the history of the Spanish lexis, and the teaching of Spanish as a foreign language.

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José Antonio Moreno Villanueva

José Antonio Moreno Villanueva earned his Degree in Hispanic Studies from the Rovira i Virgili University in 1993 and his postgraduate degree in Advanced Publishing from the Oxford Brookes University in 2002. In 2012 he was awarded his PhD in Lexis and Dictionaries by the URV, for which he received the doctoral extraordinary award. He combines his work as a lecturer in the Department of Romance Studies with his work as a translator and corrector for the URV's Language Service.

He teaches on numerous educational programs, including undergraduate Spanish and Catalan language and literature courses, both the online and face-to-face Master's in the Teaching of Foreign Languages (Spanish), courses leading to the University Specialist diploma in the teaching of Spanish as a foreign language, and the Training Program in Spanish for Chinese university students. He has also taught courses in Spanish editing and revising for international translators' associations.

He is a member of the NEOLCYT Consolidated Research Group of the Government of Catalonia (2009SGR-937) at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and of the URV's Consolidated Research Group on Lexicography and Foreign Language Teaching (2014 SGR 1288). He has published research articles on matters related to lexicography, the history of specialized lexis, and the study of oral and written discourse.

He is administrator and chief examiner for the Diplomas in Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE) of the Instituto Cervantes. He has also been a publishing coordinator for Valatenea SL and, from 1998 to 2007, he was director of the editorial staff of the Gran Enciclopedia de España.

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Alicia Madrona Cao

Alicia Madrona Cao earned her Degree in Hispanic Studies from the Rovira i Virgili University in 1994. She specializes in the teaching of foreign languages and has taught numerous courses, including "Spanish for Professional Purposes" (Instituto Cervantes - University of La Rioja, 2003) and "How to use the literary text in the Spanish as a Foreign language classroom" (Instituto Cervantes-University of La Rioja, 2009), as well as courses leading to the "University Specialist diploma in the Fundamentals of Didactics for the Teaching of Spanish as a Second/Foreign Language" (University of La Rioja, 2009) and the "University Specialist diploma in the Treatment of Linguistic Macroskills and Strategic Competence in the Teaching and Learning of Spanish as a Second/Foreign Language" (University of La Rioja, 2010).
 

She currently combines her work as a URV lecturer with her work as a teacher of Spanish as a Foreign Language for the URV's Language Service. She teaches on numerous educational programs, including both the online and face-to-face Master's in the Teaching of Foreign Languages (Spanish), courses leading to the University Specialist diploma in the Teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language, and the Training Program in Spanish for Chinese university students. She has also taught the "Specialization course in the Teaching of Spanish as a Second Language" at the University of Lleida (1998-2000) and collaborated on numerous teaching of Spanish as a foreign language courses organized by the Instituto Cervantes and the University of Lleida.

She has participated in three research projects on lexicography for the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Her research interests focus on the teaching of Spanish as a foreign language and, in particular, on Spanish for specific purposes. She is an evaluator for the URV's Spanish Language Evaluation Service (SELE-URV), which awards accreditation to Spanish as a foreign language teaching centers on behalf of the Instituto Cervantes. She is also an examiner for the Diplomas in Spanish as a Foreign Language of the Instituto Cervantes.

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Maria Isabel Gibert Escofet

Maria Isabel Gibert Escofet earned her Degree in English and German Studies from the Autonomous University of Barcelona in 1994, her Master's in the Teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language from the Rovira i Virgili University Foundation in 2006, and her Master's in the Teaching of Foreign Languages (English/Spanish) from the Rovira i Virgili University in 2009. She was awarded her PhD in Language, Literature and Culture by the URV for her doctoral thesis on the pragmatics of interlanguage in Chinese-speaking students of Spanish as a foreign language who are enrolled on language immersion programs in Spain.

Since 2007 she has been an adjunct professor in the Department of Romance Studies at the URV, where she teaches several courses on both the online and face-to-face Master's in the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

She has been a foreign language teacher for over twenty years, beginning as a teacher of English before becoming a teacher of Spanish and Catalan. She is currently teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language and Leanguae Teacher Training at the Center for Hispanic Studies.

She is also the responsible at the Center for Hispanic Studies of the Exams to obtain Spanish Citizenship, administered by the URV, and coordinator of the courses to prepare such exams.

She has published research articles on her main lines of research: the relationship between ICTs and the teaching of foreign languages, the pragmatics of interlanguage, the teaching of Spanish as a foreign language to Chinese speakers, the teaching of Spanish as a second language to immigrants, and the teaching of foreign languages to the non-literate.

She enjoys working with technology and supervises the online training program for Spanish as a Foreign Language teachers organized by the Rovira i Virgili University Foundation (FURV) as well as the Twitter profile for the same program.

She was a member of the research team that received the 2013 Award for Teaching Quality from the URV Council for a project entitled "Improving learners' reading skills through instant short messages: a sample study using WhatsApp".

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Lismary Cristina Castillo Marengo

Lismary Cristina Castillo Marengo earned her Degree in Hispanic Studies in 2009 and her University specialist diploma in the teaching of Spanish as a foreign language in 2010 from the Rovira i Virgili University. Originally from Venezuela, she is currently completing her doctoral thesis on the teaching of Spanish as a foreign language in Venezuela, with special emphasis on lexis. As a complement to her academic training, she has also attended and participated in numerous teaching conferences and symposiums.
 

An adjunct professor in the Department of Romance Studies at the URV, she has taught on numerous educational programs, including the Master's in the Teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language, the Specialization Program in Spanish for Chinese students, and Spanish Language and Hispanic Culture courses for Chinese students. She has also taught Spanish as a Foreign Language at the Tianjin Foreign Studies University in China.

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Marc Puig Ferré

Marc Puig Ferré earned his Degree in Geography and History from the Rovira i Virgili University in 1993 and his Master's in the Teaching of Spanish in 2008. He is currently completing his doctoral thesis on the intercultural competence of Chinese students of Spanish in the Department of Romance Studies at the URV as well as a Master's in East Asian Studies at the UOC (Open University of Catalonia).
 

From 2000 to 2001 he worked as an English teacher in the secondary education sector. From 2007 to 2011 he was a teacher of Spanish at the PLA Foreign Language Institute in Luoyang, China. He is currently the holder of a teaching and research scholarship from the URV (2011-2014).

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Sílvia Planas Morales

Sílvia Planas Morales earned her Degree in Hispanic Studies from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and her PhD in Linguistics from the University of Barcelona.
 

She teaches Phonetics and Spanish Pronunciation on the courses offered by the Center for Hispanic Studies, and Catalan Pronunciation on the courses offered by the URV Language Service. She also teaches on the Master's in the Teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language of the Rovira i Virgili University Foundation and on the Official Master's in Phonetics and Phonology of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the Menéndez Pelayo International University (UIMP).

She has collaborated on numerous publications as a specialist in phonetics and intonation.

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Janina Martínez Laboria

Janina Martínez Laboria earned her Degree in Hispanic Studies and her Degree in Catalan Studies from the Rovira i Virgili University. She earned her Master's in the Teaching of Foreign Languages (Spanish), also from the Rovira i Virgili University, in 2014.
 

Since 2011 she has held a grant from the Rovira i Virgili Foundation (FURV) to provide support and advice to Chinese students enrolled on FURV courses and aid their integration into the University community. During the academic year 2013-2014 she received a grant from the Agency for Management of University and Research Grants (AGAUR) to assist lecturers on the Master's in the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

Since 2012 she has taught a wide range of Spanish as a Foreign Language courses both face-to-face and via Skype to students of different ages, nationalities and levels. These include preparation courses for the Diplomas in Spanish as a Foreign Language, University Spanish courses for Chinese students, and courses on the Language Vacations program.

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Verónica Ferrando Aramo

Verónica Ferrando Aramo earned her Degree in Hispanic Studies from the Rovira i Virgili University in 1996 and her Degree in Italian Studies from the University of Barcelona in 2004. She was awarded her PhD in Lexis and Dictionaries by the URV in 2012. In 2004 she completed a training course for teachers of Spanish as a Foreign Language at International House in Barcelona. She earned her Specialist Diploma in the Teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language in 2008 and her Master's in the Teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language in 2009 from the URV. She also earned a postgraduate degree in the Teaching of Business Spanish from the Complutense University of Madrid in 2013.

She currently combines her work as a teacher at the CEH with her work as a teacher of distance education at the Instituto Cervantes in Berlin, where she has taught face-to-face classes since 2005. Previously she taught Spanish and Italian as a foreign language at the Official Language School (EOI) in Tarragona (2001-2003) and at the Centro de Lectura in Reus (2003). In Germany, in addition to her work at the Instituto Cervantes in Berlin, in 2004 she also worked at the University of Potsdam.

She is also a trainer of trainers, having taught on the training course for teachers of Spanish as a foreign language and led numerous seminars on the teaching of Spanish as a foreign language at the Instituto Cervantes in Berlin. She has participated in numerous teaching workshops organized by International House and Difusión and at numerous national and international conferences. Her main lines of research in the field of Spanish as a Foreign Language are online teaching and learning and the teaching and learning of lexis, with special emphasis on phraseology and the use of dictionaries in the classroom.

In addition to her work as a teacher, she has collaborated with several publishing houses (Anaya, Larousse, Herder and Cornelsen) to produce language learning material and monolingual and bilingual lexicographical works.

She also collaborates with the URV's Consolidated Research Group on Lexicography and Foreign Language Teaching (2014 SGR 1288).

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