I hold a BA (Hons) Spanish Philology, a BA (Hons) English Philology and a PhD from the University of Valladolid (Spain). I worked for six years teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language at the Universities of Valladolid, Edinburgh and Ulster. I joined the Manchester Metropolitan University as a Lecturer in 1995 and became Principal Lecturer in 2002. Between September 2011 and January 2013, I was Acting Head of the Department of Languages, Information and Communications.
I teach Hispanic cinema and culture at undergraduate level: Shifting Borders in Latin America and Spain and Power and Culture in the Hispanic World. I am also involved with the MA TEFL (Film Pedagogy).
I supervise and examine doctoral students on a range of topics, including Hispanic cinemas, film pedagogy and language education; new technologies and education; and Spanish literature (particularly Ramón Gómez de la Serna and Juan Manuel de Prada). I have supervised PhDs on contemporary Spanish Theater; contemporary Spanish Literature; and Basque and Catalan cinemas.
I am currently co-organizing a Conference on Using Film in Language Teaching in conjunction with the Film in Language Teaching Association (www.filta.org.uk).
I am actively involved in the work of film and language education. I am the co-founder and co-director of FILTA (Film in Language Teaching Association, http://www.filta.org.uk). I am a programme advisor for Viva! Spanish and Latin American Film Festival at Cornerhouse Cinemas (Manchester) and collaborate in the Education Events for schools and workshops for teachers (Projector) (http://www.cornerhouse.org/). I am on adviser on the COLT Project (Film), part of Route into Languages North West Consortium: https://www.routesintolanguages.ac.uk/northwest.
I have organized and led a range of training events for teachers of Modern Foreign Languages and Community Languages, as well as activities for learners, focusing particularly on Spanish, French, German, Arabic, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and Urdu. I have created over 40 study guides for using films in the language classroom (EFL and ELE). All these on-line materials are available in FILTA and Cornerhouse.