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Mrs Isabel Cobo Palacios

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Professional biography

She graduated from her BA in English Philology & Tourism at her hometown in Universidad de Jaén. She achieved her online MA in Applied Linguistic in Spanish as a Foreign Language at FUNIBER and her passion for her work took her to qualify as a Teacher in Spain and in England. She was awarded a PhD scholarship at The Open University in 2017 to be part of a large project funded by the AHRC called Language Acts and Worldmaking.

Research interests

Her research interests revolve around second language learning and teaching through new technologies, the roles of language teachers in the classroom and mediation. It is in this last interest where she is carrying out her PhD at Open University. She is examining the role of mediator that foreign language teachers play in the classroom and their personal and professional perceptions and reflections on this process. 

Teaching interests

She has taught Spanish since 2009 in various secondary schools in UK and at Coventry University as Spanish Assistant Lecturer, where she continues teaching. She is currently Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), member of ELE-UK, ASELE and the AHBGI, and Chartered Linguist by CIOL.

News

OU student wins Care Apprentice Award

Heather always wanted to be a mental health nurse, having worked as a carer for a number of years. When she was given the chance by her employer to study for an Open University course in Health Care Practise, she grabbed the opportunity. Earlier this year, Heather was awarded the Care Apprentice Award at the National Care Awards, as Carers Week begins, she talks about her journey with The OU.

10th June 2019
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