Teachers team and coordinators San Jorge University

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Rebeca J. Narbona
Coordinator Spanish Language Programmes, teacher, DELE examiner

Rebeca J. Narbona studied Slavic Philology (Universitat de Barcelona, Spain) with a specialization in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language (Universitat de Barcelona, Spain) and a Master’s degree in Spanish Language and Literature in Secondary Education (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain). She is currently working on her PhD thesis in the area of Language for Specific Purposes (LSP) (Universidad de Alcalá, Spain).

Rebeca has taught Intercultural Communication, Spanish, Russian and English as a second language and Spanish for Business in Qatar, Poland, Russia and Spain. She is also an accredited examiner for the A1, A2, B1 and B2 levels of the Instituto Cervantes DELE exams. In addition to this, she speaks Spanish, Catalan, English, Polish and Russian.

At Universidad San Jorge Rebeca is the Coordinator of the acento programme and also teaches Spanish to overseas students.

Clara Lairla
Teacher

Clara Lairla González has an undergraduate degree in Translation and Interpreting (Universidad del País Vasco, Spain) and a Master’s degree in Foreign Language Teaching for Secondary and Language Schools (Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain).  She has also participated in different training programmes to increase her skills and language teaching and translation.

Clara speaks Spanish, English, French and German and her professional experience revolves around teaching English and Spanish to different profiles of students and also freelance literary and academic translation. She has lived in both France and Turkey where she taught Spanish in primary and secondary schools and has also written a bilingual short story.

She joined Universidad San Jorge in 2016 and currently teaches Spanish as a foreign language to international students and English to undergraduate students and to members of the university staff. She is an Instituto Cervantes accredited DELE examiner for A1 and A2 levels.

Diana Giner
Teacher, DELE examiner

Diana Giner Alonso obtained her Ph. D. in Legal discourse and a Master’s degree in English Studies at Universidad de Zaragoza (Spain). She also completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Secondary Education to teach Spanish and German as a second language at University of Nottingham.

Diana has experience teaching Spanish and German as a second language in secondary schools in the United Kingdom and different subjects in the English Studies Degree Program at Universidad de Zaragoza.

At Universidad San Jorge, Diana is a Lecturer in English for Specific Purposes on different undergraduate programmes. She has supervised several Master’s theses and taught teaching methodology on the university’s teacher training programme. She is currently developing an online strategy for language teaching at undergraduate level. She also delivers Spanish language courses to foreign learners and is an accredited examiner for the A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2 levels of the Instituto Cervantes DELE exams.

Her research interests in the field of Spanish as second language lie in the fields of motivation and language teaching methodology. She is a member of the MITLHE research group.

Desirée Acebes
Teacher, DELE examiner, coordinator DELE exams

Desirée Acebes de la Arada is a graduate of English Philology (Universidad de León, Spain), has a Master’s degree in Spanish Language Teaching (Universidad de Alcalá, Spain) and is currently working on her PhD within the area of Spanish Language and Literature (Universidad de Alcalá, Spain).

Desirée has worked as a Spanish teacher in secondary schools and universities in the United Kingdom, United States and Croatia and has also taught Spanish and English at the Universidad de León (Spain).

At Universidad San Jorge Desirée currently teaches English for specific purposes in the Physiotherapy and Pharmacy undergraduate degree programmes and also teaches Spanish as a foreign language to overseas students. She is also a member of the MITLHE research group.  She is an Instituto Cervantes accredited examiner for the A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2 levels of the DELE exams and is responsible for coordinating the DELE exams at Universidad San Jorge.

Daniel Jiménez
Teacher, DELE examiner

Daniel Jiménez is a graduate of Spanish Philology (Universidad de Sevilla, Spain) and later undertook postgraduate studies to obtain a Master’s degree in Spanish Language Teaching (Universidad de Barcelona Spain). He is currently a PhD student in Education and ICT (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain). 

Daniel has worked as a Spanish teacher in a bilingual secondary school in Hungary and at the Instituto Cervantes in Budapest as well as teaching Spanish as a second language and Spanish Linguistics, Literature and Culture at University of Pécs (Hungary). He also spent a period as junior researcher at Universidad EAFIT in Medellín (Columbia).

At Universidad San Jorge, he currently works as the Head of the Unit for Teaching Innovation.  He is an Instituto Cervantes accredited examiner for the A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2 levels of the DELE exams and as well as Spanish also speaks English, Italian and Hungarian.

Manuela Catalá
Teacher, DELE examiner

Manuela Catalá is a graduate of Spanish Philology (Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain), has a postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Estudies in Sociology and a PhD in Spanish Philology obtained in the area of Spanish Language from the same university.

She has taught Spanish as a foreign language in Italy and also been a visiting lecturer at the Università degli Studi di Palermo (Italy), Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele (Italy) and the Université de Montreal (Canada).

Manuela has taught in the Department of General and Hispanic Linguistics at the Universidad de Zaragoza (Spain) and since 2007 has taught Spanish Language in the Faculty of Communication and Social Sciences at Universidad San Jorge. She is an active researcher in areas related to Spanish language.

She speaks Italian and is also an Instituto Cervantes accredited examiner for the A1, A2, B1 and B2 levels of the DELE exams.

Noël Soria
International Recruitment Officer

Noël Soria Campo is a graduate in both Tourism (Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain) and Advertising and Public Relations (Universidad San Jorge, Spain) and is currently completing a Master’s programme in Communication, Culture, Society and Politics (UNED, Spain).

He has worked on the international side of the tourism and education sectors for the last ten years, both here in Spain and in other European countries. He is a member of the Universidad San Jorge COMINEL research group, specialising in strategic communication and leadership and he also speaks English and French.

Noël has been working at Universidad San Jorge for several years and is currently International Recruitment Officer. He is the point of contact for international students and candidates for the acento programme, providing them support with documentation or any other need they might have related to their stay in Zaragoza and at Universidad San Jorge.

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