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García del Río, Carmen


  • Lecturer (Teaching and Scholarship), Languages
  • United Kingdom


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Personal profile


Carmen is the Learning & Teaching Languages Coordinator of the School of Humanities at the University of Dundee. She has more than 20 years experience in the field of teaching Applied Spanish and has worked in Lancaster and St Andrews Universities. She has published with the Open University, Hodder Education, HarperCollins and Difusión. The creation and delivery of innovative teaching materials and courses to facilitate a greater and more successful uptake of Modern Languages is central to her career.

Her current teaching practice is based upon what she learned through experience as well as through study, and techniques she has tried, observed, refined and reflected upon.

Her approach has at its foundation the concept that it is the student who must do the learning; therefore a good teacher will facilitate this by providing a safe and challenging learning environment, a clear sequence of learning opportunities made explicit to the students, fair assessment, motivation and support.

Carmen is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and the University of Dundee Representative on the UCML Scotland.

Her experience

Prior to her appointment at the University of Dundee in 2011, for 13 years she was the Senior Language Tutor of Spanish at the University of St Andrews, where she was responsible for the language provision including material and programme creation, training and support of tutors, she taught Spanish at Lancaster University, in Further Education in various institutions in Cumbria, and in two secondary schools.


MA in Language Studies and a PGCE (Secondary) from Lancaster University, a PGDip in Administrative Studies from Leeds Polytechnic, a Degree in Spanish Philology and a Certificate of Aptitude to Teach from the University of Santiago de Compostela.


Applied Spanish Programme

Graduate Diploma in Spanish by Distance-Learning

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Research Output

  • 9 Book
  • 3 Article
  • 2 Digital or Visual Products

TECLAproyectos: Ponte tú en su lugar

García del Río, C., Aug 2019, TECLA Revista de la Consejeria de Educacion en el Reino Unido e Irlanda, 2, p. 10-15 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Open Access

¿Cristobal Colón usaba GPS?

García del Río, C. & San Isidro Agrelo, F. X., 17 Oct 2016, 1st ed. ed. Barcelona: Difusión. 48 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

TECLAentrevista: El Diploma de Español en la Universidad de Dundee

San Isidro Agrelo, F. X., Crowe, M. & García del Río, C., Mar 2015, TECLA: Revista electrónica con actividades para la clase de español, 1, p. 6-8 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

  • TECLAprofesorado: Propuesta para el aula ELE: Trabajando con estereotipos

    García del Río, C., Jun 2015, TECLA: Revista electrónica con actividades para la clase de español, 2, p. 8-14 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

    Open Access

    Collins Language Revolution: Spanish Grammar Buster

    Buzan, T. & García del Río, C., 3 Jun 2010, London: HarperCollins UK. 154 p. (Collins Language Revolution)

    Research output: Book/ReportBook