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Personal profile

Academic Background

Double Honours Degree in Philosophy and Education. University of Navarra,

Spain (1993)

PGCE  University of Valladolid, Spain (1994)

Certificate in Teaching Foreign Languages to Adults, International House, San Sebastián, Spain (1995)

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (1996)

Diplôme d'Etudes en Langue Française, Alliance Française (1998)

Access Course of Art and Design, City College, Norwich (2005).

MA in Higher Education Practice, UEA, Norwich (2007 to date).


I was born in Spain where I lived before moving to France, Argentina and Scotland for short periods. I settled permanently in England in 1997, first in London then Norwich.


I have more than 12 years of teaching experience at all levels in six UK universities, in addition to previous experience of teaching modern languages, literature and ethics to children in primary and secondary education.

I have written and published short fiction as well as other texts including journal articles. At the moment  I am working on a collection of short stories, Contando Contigo, that will be published by Huerga y Fierro (Spain) in 2010.

I also work as a translator and interpreter for institutions such as the European Commission, or projects like the “Forensic geographical provenance and identification of human remains from the Spanish Civil War”.

I am keen on developing interdisciplinary projects exploring language, art, culture, migration, memory, conflict resolution and identity issues. The invitation by the Sainsbury Centre of Visual Arts to organize two workshops for the World Art Forum in November 2008 gave me the opportunity to apply my research on those subjects, and to engage with a wide audience beyond purely academic approaches.

I have combined my studies and formal employment whenever possible with voluntary work for organizations and groups such as UAS (Universitarios por la Ayuda Social), Amnesty International, CAFOD, Missionaries of Charity and La Trêve de Dieu.

External Activities

  • 31st October-2nd November 2008. International Association for Languages and Intercultural Communication Annual Conference. University of Glasgow. Paper title: “Faith in the Basque Country?: Interculturality and Conflict Resolution”.
  • 10th November 2008. World Art Forum. Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. Workshop: “Foreign Language as an Artifact”.
  • 14th November 2008. World Art Forum. Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. Workshop: “My City in Four Envelopes”.

Key Research Interests and Expertise

Key Research Interests

I am currently researching the impact of collaborative working environments like blogs, tandem teaching and tandem learning on the achievement of learning outcomes by students of MFL.

I am also interested in:

Very much any aspect of language teaching

Art and Language

Creative Writing



Global citizenship and nationalisms

Interculturality and conflict resolution

Human rights and memory issues

Publications with web links:
Marián Arribas-Tomé, 2009, Report on the conference “Teaching poetry in modern languages degree programmes” for the Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies, University of Southampton

Marián Arribas-Tomé, 2004-2006, Translation (Spanish into English) for the “Annotated Compendium including a comparative analysis of the Community consumer acquis”, directed by Professors R. Schulze and H. Schulte-Nolke, University of Bielefeld, Germany.

Key Responsibilities

As the module organiser for the Spanish Beginners course I am responsible for the teaching of all the Spanish evening courses held at UEA for both staff and members of the community.

Professional Activities

  • Member of the International Association for Languages and Intercultural Communication.
  • Member of the International Peace Research Association
  • Member of the judge panel for Tonguefreed, University of Portsmouth.

Teaching Interests

Spanish language at any level  

Creative writing

Contemporary culture of the Spanish-speaking world

Translation studies


Examples of modules taught

Cultural Extremes: Nationalism and Terrorism in Spain

Specialised Translation

Spanish Beginners´

Spanish Intermediate

Spanish Post-A level

Spanish for Business

Cross-Cultural and Intercultural Awareness for Business