María is a highly qualified and experienced Spanish language teacher, who has taught a variety of courses and a wide ability range of students. Through her 17 years of experience, she has acquired a strong understanding of the learning process and needs of Spanish learners.
Having lived in Mexico, Spain and the United States has helped her in her knowledge of the language variations of Spanish both from Spain and Latin America, as well as the Spanish from the United States.
She has strong passions for language and the study of society and culture. These passions have given her the curiosity and the knowledge to create and set up innovative courses that will help her students challenge themselves and their knowledge of Spanish, using a wide range of materials.
Thomas is an experienced German teacher who has worked in a large variety of HE settings in the UK and Europe, including France, Portugal and his native Austria.
His scholarly interests include investigating the role of grammar in language learning and teaching, exploring the potential of audio visual and digital media for language learning as well as designing effective teaching materials for developing language learning autonomy.
Raffaele joined the Department of Language and Linguistic Science at the University of York in 2014 and coordinated the Italian Language Degree Programme until 2018.
After graduating in Philosophy from the Università degli Studi of Milan and in French and Spanish from the University of Sheffield, he completed his doctoral thesis in French Literature at the University of Sheffield, focusing on the immigration of the Russian Jews to France.
He has taught Italian, French and Spanish since 2007 primarily at the University of Sheffield in a variety of courses and programmes.