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Valeria Riveros Fuentes


  • BA in TEFL at Universidad Metropolitana de Ciencias de la Educación (UMCE), Chile 2009 – 2013
  • MA in English Language and Literary Studies at Lancaster University from 2015 – 2016
  • PhD in Applied Linguistics, The University of York, UK 2020- present

I am a TEFL teacher and I have had the opportunity to support students in their development of English as a foreign and second language skills in primary, secondary and tertiary education in Chile, and Spanish as a foreign language skills of KS3 and 4 in the UK. In the recent years, I have worked supporting pre-service teachers in their journeys to become TEFL teachers in my home country, Chile.

During my experience as a TEFL undergraduate, I grew passionate about British, American, and Latin American literature; hence, once graduated, I became a literature teacher of primary and secondary school students in bilingual and public schools in my home country. In my experience, I could observe the influences of the use of short stories, poems, and other media in reading motivation among my students. During those years, I also became interested in storytelling, as a pedagogical tool to enhance reading interest and awareness of phonetics and phonology of the English language.

I hold a MA in English Language and Literary Studies from Lancaster university, UK. During my time at Lancaster, I had the opportunity to delve into the areas of English literature, literature and other media, cognitive linguistics, cognitive grammar, and stylistics. In my research project, I decided to conduct a stylistic analysis of the Chilean poet Nicanor Parra’s antipoetic language. I was hence supervised by Prof. Elena Semino.


I joined the Department of Education at the University of York in January 2020 to work on my project Influences of Literature-to-Film Adaptations in Chilean TEFL Undergraduates’ Reading Interest and Motivation: A Classroom-Based Research, supervised by Dr. Clementine Beauvais. In this, I am focusing on TEFL undergraduates’ reading experiences and the influences of literature-to-film adaptations in their reading interest in an EFL context. My study also encompasses the investigation of EFL reading identities.



 Clementine Beauvais


Teaching Experience & Departmental Roles

Teaching experience

 2010- 2015 TEFL teacher in primary and secondary school levels in Chile.

2012-2013 MFL teacher assistant in the UK.

2017-2019 General linguistics, Introduction to Linguistics, TEF related modules, UAH, Chile.

2021-present GTA English Linguistics, Researching Education, UoY.



Departmental Roles

 2021-present CRESJ student representative.

Contact details

Valeria Riveros Fuentes
PhD Researcher (PhD in Applied Linguistics)
Department of Education