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