Maria Gomez-Bedoya is Associate Professor of Spanish and Director of the University Language Programme at the University of East Anglia since 2015. She holds a degree in English Language, Communication and Marketing from Nebrija Universidad, in Madrid, and two Masters in Spanish Teaching and Hispanic Linguistics. She has completed several courses in Personnel Management and Professional Training, and is currently working towards a PhD on Empathy and Communication.
She has an international background and has worked in a number of countries as a teacher, teacher trainer, and team manager, bringing with her intercultural experience and enthusiasm. Before joining UEA she worked for the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Japan and Brazil, as a Fulbright Scholar in USA, and as a presenter in NHK Japan national public broadcasting organization, among others.
Since 2015 she has been Lecturer in Spanish, Director of the University Language Programme, and Diplomas of Spanish – DELE Coordinator.
She is also the treasurer of the Association of Contemporary Iberian Studies (ACIS) and an active member of the Aurora Leadership Foundation.
She is module organiser for:
Understanding Second Language Teaching
Spanish Post A Level II.I and II.II
Spanish Post GSCE II
Spanish Ab Initio II
She also lectures on Hispanic Culture and Sociolinguistics
University Language Programme Director
Diplomas of Spanish-DELE Coordinator
DESTT (Department of Education Spanish Teachers Training) Programme Coordinator
Key Research Interests and Expertise
Her PhD research focuses on Empathy in Interpreting Communication and identifying the key difficulties in the interpreting practice when it comes to facilitating empathic communication in interpreting-mediated scenarios.
Her research interests centre on Empathy and Communication as well as Psycholinguistics and Cross-cultural Studies.