Maria Gomez Bedoya

Maria Gomez Bedoya


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Personal profile


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.

Teaching Interests

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

Key Responsibilities

University Language Programme Director

Diplomas of Spanish-DELE Coordinator

DESTT (Department of Education Spanish Teachers Training) Programme Coordinator

Key Research Interests

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.