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Rosa Parra

Lecturer

School of Arts & Humanities

Staff Group(s)
Nottingham Language Centre

Role

Rosa teaches Spanish at part of the University Language Programme. From Stage 1 (year 1 of Spanish)- to Stage 7 (Final year degree level) as part of the Arts and Humanities School at the City Campus in Nottingham. She prepares and delivers Spanish lessons and assesses students in a formative and a summative way. She gives students individual feedback and ‘drop box’ online feedback as part of the course. She also designs and publishes Spanish resources at the virtual learning rooms of the different Spanish modules.

Career overview

Since Oct 2017-Current Spanish Lecturer. Nottingham Trent University.

Academic year 2016- 2017 Head of Spanish. (Permanent. Full-Time) Nottingham Academy. Nottingham. Promoting a clear vision of the MFL department.  Being responsible of Spanish as a subject. Ensuring the curriculum development within the department is ongoing and takes account of the local and national agendas. Monitoring and reviewing departmental policy and practice. Teaching Spanish and French to Key Stage 3 and 4. Designing the Scheme of Work. Establishing effective day to day management and organization of the subject team. Arranging team meetings, as required. Writing reports. Being a tutor.

Academic year 2015- 2016 Acting Head of Modern Foreign Languages and Spanish Teacher. (Permanent. Full-Time) South Wolverhampton and Bilston Academy. Wolverhampton.  Teaching Spanish to Key Stage 3 and 4 and to cover some German lessons. Having faculty meeting. Acting as a head of MFL department.

Academic year 2014-2015 Cover for Head of Modern Foreign Languages and Spanish teacher.  (1-year maternity contract. Full-Time) The City College of Leicester. Leicester. Teaching Spanish to Key stage 3 and 4. Being a tutor. Addressing parent evenings. Wring reports. Teaching enrichment classes after school.

Academic years 2009- 2014 Modern Foreign Languages Teacher, responsible for Spanish. (Permanent-Full time). The Carlton Academy. Carlton. Nottingham. Nottinghamshire. Teaching Spanish to Key Stage 3 and 4. Designing the Scheme of Work.  Overseeing the Languages Club. Writing reports. Being a tutor. Introducing and promoting Spanish as a GCSE Language. Increasing the intake number for all levels.

Research areas

At the moment Rosa is in the process of applying for a PhD Research Project at Nottingham University with Christine Muir and Zoltan Dorney as supervisors.

Her research interests are: Motivation, Positive Psychology, Second Language Acquisition, Applied Linguistics, Teaching and Learning.

The aims and objectives of the research project are:

*        To investigate the importance of the Positive Psychology in second language acquisition from both: the teacher’s and the student’s position.

*        To see, after research, if having a Positive Psychology when learning a second language helps students attain proficiency.

*        To investigate the possible significances of Positive Psychology for persons involved in acquiring proficiency in a second language in terms of their feelings, their experiences, and their capacity to sustain their commitment to learning.

*        To find out how second language students keep on learning during the length process of acquiring a second language, and how they stay motivated.

Publications

1 Kindle Book: ‘Initial thoughts about MFL: Teaching and Learning in Secondary schools in the XXI century.’ (2016)