Elia Lorena López
Associate Lecturer in Spanish



Lorena joined the department as Associate Lecturer in Spanish in 2012. She is currently the Coordinator of the Spanish Degree Programme and previous roles have included the coordination of the Languages for All (LFA) Spanish provision as part of the University's Institute-Wide Language Programme (IWLP) for over four years.

Prior to coming to the UK, she worked as Programme Developer and Trainer in Gender Equality issues in the government sector in Mexico, and part of her earlier experience also includes having taught Management and IT subjects in higher education.

At the University of York she has taught Equity Issues in the Department of Education and IT Study Skills to staff and students. Additionally, she worked in the area of Student Support as Welfare representative for over three years, which has been instrumental in allowing her to provide encouraging pastoral support to students.

Lorena’s teaching approach is grounded within the constructivist approach and the integration of Academic and Professional Skills (APS) for language learning. Her students develop new understandings through the application of problem-solving techniques and strategies used in various industry sectors, which prepare them for real-life workplace scenarios.

She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


  • University of York
    PhD in Education (2011)
  • University of Nottingham
    MA in Information Technology (2002)
  • Universidad Mesoamericana
    Bachelor of Business Management (1999)

Departmental roles

  • Coordinator for the Spanish Degree Programme
  • Year Abroad academic contact for Spanish
  • Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) for Languages Academic Contact 
  • Leader for Languages for International Mobility (LFIM) Spanish courses
  • Member of the Exceptional Circumstances affecting Assessment (ECA) Committee

Previous roles

  • Spanish LFA Coordinator (2012 – 2016)


  • 2015: Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP)


Full publications list

López, Elia Lorena (2019). Awareness poster campaign for the development of presentation skills in Spanish. In Becerra, Nelson; Biasini, Rosalba; Magedera-Hofhansl, Hanna; Reimão, Ana (Eds), Innovative language teaching and learning at university: a look at new trends (pp. 115-122). Research-publishing.net. https://doi.org/10.14705/rpnet.2019.32.908

López Ramírez, E. and López Ramírez, E. L. (2017). Intervenciones basadas en evidencia: experiencias y resultados. Revista Electrónica de Investigación Educativa, 19(2), 1-4. Available from http://redie.uabc.mx/redie/article/view/1614

López Ramírez, E. and López Ramírez, E. L. (2019). Una propuesta de educación basada en los aportes de la psicología positiva para el logro del bienestar y la paz. En Universidad de Guadalajara (Ed.), Jóvenes y Violencia en Jalisco, Tamo II. (Forthcoming)

Contact details

Elia Lorena López
Associate Lecturer in Spanish
Department of Language and Linguistic Science
Vanbrugh College C Block
Room : V/C/224

External activities


  • The Association for Language Learning (ALL)

Invited talks and conferences

  • ‘Awareness poster campaign + slogan + hashtag’ for the development of presentation skills in Spanish’.  Innovative Language Teaching and Learning at University (Innoconf18). University of Liverpool. 2018 (June).

  • ‘Improving Spanish students’ formal writing skills through online exercises based on common grammatical errors’. LLAS 11th annual E-Learning Symposium 2016. University of Southampton. 2016 (January).
  •  ‘Leeds-York project: using Padlet for collaborative learning and peer review (CEFR B1-B2 Levels)’. LLAS 11th annual E-Learning Symposium 2016. University of Southampton (with Ricardo Michue-Bendezú). 2016 (January).
  • ‘Reflection as a key learning tool in Ab initio language delivery’. Reshaping Languages in Higher Education Conference 2014. Southampton. 2014 (July).
  • Poster presentation ‘Engaging Students and Promoting Dynamic Learning through Technological Tools: The case of LFA’. Higher E-Learning Conference. York St John University (with Ella Tennant). 2012 (April).