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Dr Zsuzsanna Barkanyi

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Lecturer in Spanish
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • School of Languages and Applied Linguistics
  • Languages
  • zsuzsanna.barkanyi

Professional biography

My enthusiasm towards languages led me to become a Spanish language teacher and a linguistics researcher. I have a keen interest in speech technology and online and mobile learning. I joined the Open University as a Lecturer in Spanish in 2016. I have chaired L194, the Beginners’ Spanish Course and worked on the L226 Production. I have been Head of Spanish in the past year and Lead Educator on the Spanish for Beginners Programme on FutureLearn.

Before joining the Open University, I was a Speech Linguistics Project Manager at Google's text-to-speech synthesis team from 2015. Before relocating to the UK, I was a Lecturer in Spanish and Theoretical Linguisitics at Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest and senior researcher of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Research Institute for Linguistics

Research interests

  • Linguistic Theories in Language Learning and Teaching
  • Interface of Phonetics and Phonology, Laboratory Phonology
  • Linguistic Variation
  • Acquiring Speaking Skills in L2 / FL
  • Foreign Language Anxiety

I am currently co-mentoring and co-leading (jointly with Dr Mara Fuertes-Gutiérrez) the Lingistics in Spanish Language Teaching (LiSLaT) reseach group the aim of which is to look at how language teachers perceive linguistic variety and what impact their perceptions have in the classroom. 

In the past, I have conducted extensive research in the area of Variation in Phonetics and Phonology, the role of Perception in Phonology and Phonotacics. I have been involved in different research projects, such as Variation in Phonology; Analogy-based Formal Approach to Phonology and Morphology (supported by the Hungarian Scientific Research Fund).

I am currently supervising a PhD thesis on the role of explicit phonetic instruction in the pronunciation of L2/FL Spanish; co-supervising a PhD thesis on mediation in Spanish language teaching and supervising an EdD on the role of cognitive neurosciences in online learning and teaching.

My upcoming publications are:

Bárkányi, ZS
(forthcoming) The acquisition of Voicing Assimilation by advanced Hungarian learners of Spanish. Journal of Spanish Applied Linguistics.

Bárkányi ZS
(forthcoming). Can you teach me to speak? Oral practice and anxiety in a Language MOOC. Proceedings of the InnoConf2017.

Bárkányi ZS, G. Kiss Z
(forthcoming). Neutralisation and contrast preservation: Voicing assimilation in Hungarian three-consonant clusters. Linguistic Variation.

Teaching interests

I have experience in teaching Spanish language and linguistics as well as cross-cultural competencies. I also worked in teacher training. At the OU I have worked on the development of the beginners´ MOOC and the upper-intermediate Spanish course including AV, e-learning resources and course books. I was the lead academic in the accreditation of the Spanish Linguistics MA at ELTE, Budapest. I am qualified as a DELE Examiner (B1, B2) and also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


The acquisition of voicing assimilation by advanced Hungarian learners of Spanish (2018-08-31)
Bárkányi, Zsuzsanna
Revista Española de Lingüística Aplicada/Spanish Journal of Applied Linguistics, 31(1) (pp. 1-31)
Can you teach me to speak? Oral practice and anxiety in a language MOOC (2018-06-04)
Bárkányi, Zsuzsanna
In: Rosell-Aguilar, Fernando; Beaven, Tita and Fuertes Gutiérrez, Mara eds. Innovative language teaching and learning at university: integrating informal learning into formal language education (pp. 9-16)
ISBN : 978-2-490057-09-2 | Publisher :
Foreign language anxiety on a massive open online language course (2017)
Barkanyi, Zsuzsanna and Melchor-Couto, Sabela
In: Borthwick,, Kate; Bradley, Linda and Thouësny, Sylvie eds. CALL in a climate of change: adapting to turbulent global conditions – short papers from EUROCALL 2017 (pp. 24-29)
Publisher :
Spanish varieties in the language classroom: questionnaire to teachers ()
Fuertes Gutierrez, Mara and Barkanyi, Zsuzsanna


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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