María Luisa Roca Varela

Mª Luisa Roca-Varela holds a BA in English Language and Literature (June 2006), an MA in English Linguistics (October 2008) and a Ph.D (November 2012) from the University of Santiago de Compostela. Her doctoral dissertation, New Insights into the Study of English False Friends: Their Use and Understanding by Spanish Learners of English, publicly defended in November 2012, received the European mention and was awarded the highest mark (Summa Cum Laude). In recognition of her outstanding academic achievements, Luisa obtained two research grants: one from the Autonomous Government of Galicia (2006-2007) and another from the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (FPU grant: 2008-2012) to carry out research in the field of applied linguistics. In 2009, Luisa carried out a three-month study visit at the Centre for Advanced Research in English at the University of Birmingham (September-December 2009). One year later, she was a visiting fellow at the College of Arts and Humanities at Swansea University (September-December 2010). Luisa has presented papers in national (AESLA; CILC) and international conferences (SLE; ICAME) and has been involved in the organisation of three international conferences: New Reflections on Grammaticalization 3 (NRG3: 17th - 20th July 2005), First International Conference on English Language Teaching and Learning (ICELTL1: 10th -13th September 2008), the Third International Postgraduate Conference on Language and Cognition (ELC3: 21st-22nd September 2012) and the International Conference on Spoken English (ICSE 2014: 4th-6th June 2014). Luisa has published several articles in conference proceedings and in renown refereed journals (Odisea, Encuentro, ES Revista de Filología Inglesa) and edited a refereed volume entitled Current Research in Applied Linguistics: Issues on Language and Cognition (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014). Recently, she has published a book which analyses English False Friends in Learner Corpora (Peter Lang, 2015). In addition to that, Luisa is an active member of academic associations, such as AEDEAN and ESSE and she has also participated in regional, national and international research projects and networks, such as SULEC (the Santiago University Learner of English Corpus), CMC_E (Communicating in Multilingual Matters meets the Enterprises) and ELC (English Linguistics Circle). She has worked as a research assistant to SPERTUS (Spoken English Research Team) and she is now working as a secondary education English teacher.

Contact information:
Departamento de Filoloxía Inglesa
Facultade de Filoloxía
Universidade de Santiago de Compostela
Avda. de Castelao, s/n
15782 Santiago de Compostela , SPAIN
E-mail: luissa10@yahoo.com

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