Elia Lorena López
Associate Lecturer in Spanish



Lorena teaches for the Spanish undergraduate degree and for Languages for All (LFA) modules and is currently Language Coordinator for Spanish in LFA.

Prior to coming to the UK, she worked as Programme Developer and Trainer in Gender Equality issues in the government and NGO 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 computing skills for IT Services.

Additionally, her experience in the area of Student Support as Welfare Tutor at Halifax College and as Dean of Langwith College has been instrumental in allowing her to provide students with high quality teaching and learning together with positive pastoral support and guidance.

Her particular interests include the integration of employability skills into core academic content through diverse teaching methodologies and techniques to enhance students’ opportunities to acquire a broader knowledge base and adaptable high-level skills that will allow them to broaden their career opportunities. Such skills range from professional communication skills in all formats (i.e., verbal, written, digital) to teamwork, problem solving, and taking an informed and critical approach to the production of academic knowledge and conceptions of the world.

She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


  • University of York
    PhD in Education
  • University of Nottingham
    MA in Information Technology
  • Universidad Mesoamericana
    Bachelor of Business Management

Departmental roles

Language Coordinator for Spanish, Languages for All

Current coordination

LFA Spanish Level 1 Plus   

LFA Spanish Level 3       

LFA Spanish Level 4

External activities


  • The Association for Language Learning (ALL)

Invited talks and conferences

  • ‘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).


  • 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

Contact details

Elia Lorena López
Associate Lecturer in Spanish
Department of Language and Linguistic Science
Vanbrugh College C Block
Room : V/C/021