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Sandra Torres


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I completed a BA in Philology and Languages in Colombia and after working as a teacher of English and Spanish in that country I enroled in an MA in Applied Linguistics in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL).
After 4 years of teaching at higher education level in Colombia I was awarded a Teaching Assistantship to complete an MA in Translation and teach Spanish as a foreign language in the USA. Afterwards,  I completed my PhD at the University of Manchester. My final dissertation was on how beliefs affect language teachers’ uptake of technologies in their practice.
Soon afterwards, I worked as a research fellow at the University’s Translation Studies department where I was in charge of the development, implementation and delivery of an Online Postgraduate Certificate in Translation Studies. Subsequently, I started teaching Spanish at the University’s Language Centre (ULC) and have taught all levels of Spanish from Beginners to Proficient. More recently, in 2015, I became the senior language tutor for the ULC’s Non-Latin Script Languages (Japanese, Chinese and Arabic) team which I led and coordinated for 5 years. Whilst in this post, I also completed the PGCert in HE in 2018. I have also achieved the status of Senior Fellow (SFHEA). Currenlty I am a senior language tutor in Spanish. 


Senior Fellow of the HIgher Education Academy (SFHEA)

UNILANG certified external examiner, number UL063 2018. A recognition scheme for language learning in higher education

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, 2018, School of Education, The University of Manchester, UK

PhD Language Education, 2005, Management and Institutional Development, School of Education, The University of Manchester, UK.

MA in Translation with a concentration in Spanish, 2000, Institute for Applied Linguistics, Modern and Classical Language Studies, Kent State University, Ohio USA

MA Applied Linguistics in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, 1996, Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas, Bogotá, Colombia

BA Philology and Languages (Spanish – English), 1992, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia



Research interests

Less-widely Taught Languages (LWTLs) Special Interest Group for LWTLs 

The use of technologies for language teaching

Independent language learning


External positions

External Examiner - Spanish, University of Nottingham

2023 → …

External Examiner, Nottingham Trent University

Sept 2022 → …

External Eaminer, University of Leeds

Sept 2019Jul 2023

External Examiner, The University of Sheffield

Sept 2018Jul 2022


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