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Elia Lorena López
Associate Lecturer in Spanish



I joined the Department in October 2012; prior to this, I was a part-time Spanish Tutor with Languages for All (LFA) at the University of York while completing my PhD in the Department of Education. My main roles have involved the Coordination of LFA Spanish for five years and of the Spanish Degree Programme for two years.

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

At the University of York I had the opportunity to teach Equity Issues in the Department of Education as Teaching Assistant in 2006 and IT Study Skills to staff and students from 2007-2010. Additionally, I worked in the area of Student Support as Welfare representative for over three years, which has been instrumental in allowing me to provide encouraging pastoral support to students.

I have the honour to represent my Department as a member of the ‘Together York International Integration’ project, which aims to celebrate diversity and promote intercultural skills to foster a more integrated student community. We are championing that through our Peer Assisted Learning provision, ‘PAL for Languages’, where more experienced and enthusiastic students support new learners through our various schemes in offer.

My teaching approach is grounded within the constructivist approach and the integration of Academic and Professional Skills (APS) for language learning. Therefore, my students develop new understandings through the application of problem-solving and research-based methods used in various industry sectors, which prepare them for real-life workplace scenarios.

I am also 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

  • Year Abroad Coordinator
  • 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 Degree Programme Coordinator (2017 – 2019)
  • Spanish LFA Coordinator (2012 – 2017)


  • 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).

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

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

  • Poster presentation 'Peer Assisted Learning for Languages at York'. Learning and Teaching Conference. University of York. 2019 (June)
  • ‘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).