Yolanda Joy Calvo Benzies

Yolanda Joy Calvo Benzies obtained a BA in English Language and Literature at the University of Santiago de Compostela in 2008 and an MA in English Linguistics in 2010 at the same university. She defended her PhD dissertation under the supervision of Dr Ignacio M. Palacios Martínez in January 2016, obtaining the highest grade (Sobresaliente Cum Laude). Her dissertation was devoted to the role that pronunciation has in EFL classes and teaching materials in Spain. Yolanda has been awarded two research grants by the Xunta de Galicia: a) Beca de Terceiro Ciclo (a two-year grant to complete her MA Studies in English Linguistics) and, b) Beca Predoutoral (a three-year research grant to develop her PhD and work as a teacher-assistant at the University of Santiago de Compostela). She taught several modules during her pre-doctoral grant: Grammar 2, English Morphology, English Morphosyntax, Specialised Translation, English for Academic Purposes and Introduction to the Methodology of Teaching English. From February 2013-May 2013, Yolanda carried out a three-month research stay at the University of Reading at the Department of English Language & Applied Linguistics. She is interested in language teaching (particularly in the teaching of pronunciation and speaking), second language acquisition, new varieties of English (ELF, EIL) for teaching EFL, the use of new technologies in EFL classes and new approaches to teaching language such as CLIL. Yolanda has presented in over 12 national (AESLA; AEDEAN; ASYRAS; AJL) and international conferences (IATEFL; EPIP3) and has collaborated in the organization of several conferences at the University of Santiago de Compostela (ICELTL1, XXXIX SEL International Conference, ICAME34). She was involved in the organization of ICSE 2014 – treasurer (International Conference on Spoken English) and the ELC4 (Fourth International Postgraduate Conference on Language and Cognition). Yolanda has published several articles in conference proceedings and in some refereed journals (Language Studies Working Papers, Odisea, Humanising Language Teaching). In the last few years, Yolanda has attended some training courses such as, SCEP2010 (Summer Course in English Phonetics-University College of London), Pilgrim Course Successful Pronunciation Teaching and Learning (August 2012-University of Kent) or a Summer Course on CLIL titled “Multilingual Education for Multilingual Citizens: Content and Language Integrated Learning in Europe” (July 2013-University of the Basque Country). Yolanda is currently a research assistant to SPERTUS (Spoken English Research Team at the University of Santiago de Compostela) and a member of the ELC research network (English Linguistics Circle). In September 2016, Yolanda is moving to the University of the Balearic Islands, where she has recently obtained an assistant lecturer position ('ayudante') to teach English for Tourism. Yolanda is also a member of several national and international academic associations, such as AEDEAN, AESLA, ISLE, IATEFL, SLE and TESOL Spain.

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: yolyjcb@hotmail.com

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