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 was 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, the teaching of English for Specific Purposes, 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 30 national and international conferences (AESLA, AEDEAN, IATEFL, SEDLL, ASYRAS, AJL EPIP3, to mention a few) and has collaborated in the organization of several conferences at the University of Santiago de Compostela (ICELTL1, XXXIX SEL International Conference, ICAME34) and the University of the Balearic Islands (GALA13). She was involved in the organization of ICSE 2014 – treasurer (International Conference on Spoken English), the ICNICE symposium and the ELC4 (Fourth International Postgraduate Conference on Language and Cognition). She was one of the plenary speakers at the 2nd International UCM Predoctoral Conference on English Linguistics (UPCEL) in September 2017. Yolanda has published several articles in conference proceedings and in some refereed journals (Revista Electrónica de Lingüística Aplicada (RAEL), Revista Alicantina de Estudios Ingleses (RAEI), Language Value, Greta Journal, Language Studies Working Papers (LSWP), Odisea, Humanising Language Teaching (HLT), APABAL). She also has published a few book chapters. 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). In September 2016, Yolanda moved to the University of the Balearic Islands to teach English for Tourism. She began as an assistant lecturer ('ayudante doctora') and has recently been promoted to Associate Professor ('contratada doctora interina') and will continue to teach ESP to Tourism students. She is one of the Assistant Editors in the journals RAEL (Revista Electrónica de Lingüística Aplicada, one of the journals of the Spanish Association of Applied Linguistics) and Atlantis (Journal of the Spanish Association for Anglo-American Studies).

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Contact information:
Departamento de Filología Española, Moderna y Clásica
Facultad deTurismo - Edificio Arxiduc Lluís Salvador - Office 7
Universidad de las Islas Baleares
Carretera de Valdemossa, km. 7,5
07122 Palma de Mallorca , SPAIN
Telephone number: 0034 971172613
E-mail: yolandajoy.calvo@uib.es

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