Iria González-Becerra

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11:30 am-12:30 pm
11:30 am-12:30 pm

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Iria González Becerra (EdD King’s College London, MPhil University of Birmingham, MA Universidade da Coruna, Spain) joined the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Princeton in Fall 2019 after working as Spanish coordinator at Imperial College London for ten years. At Imperial, she was involved in the development of language courses and teaching materials for undergraduate and postgraduate students from STEM backgrounds. As coordinator she oversaw provision, managed a large team of teachers, advised students from the Combined Degree with a Language for Science, and was the languages liaison for Year in Europe programs. Iria has worked in several British universities in a range of teaching and administrative roles (Kingston University, UCL, Northumbria University), has been a Fulbright teaching assistant at Ursinus College (Collegeville, PA) and acted as external examiner for Spanish options at several institutions in the UK.

Iria’s main interest lies in the design of teaching materials for specific purposes and in the application of technology to the classroom. She has also conducted research in language learning motivation, learner investment and perceptions of value. For her doctoral thesis, she developed a qualitative context-sensitive model to represent the value of foreign language learning for STEM students, highlighting the discursive tensions that impact learners’ perseverance and proposing value as analytical tool to expand the study of motivation and complement the notion of investment.


González-Becerra, I. (2019). Language learning among STEM students: motivational profile and attitudes of undergraduates in a UK institution. The Language Learning Journal, 47(3), 385-401.

González y Becerra, I. (2011) Recursos multimedia para la creación de materiales de español científico-técnico. Suplemento Marcoele, revista de didáctica de ELE (I Encuentro para Profesores Universitarios). ISSN 1885-2211, num.13, p. 50-62.

González-Becerra, I., & Porcel Martin, M. (2016). Destino UK: consejos prácticos para el (futuro) profesional de ELE en el Reino Unido. In A. Illescas García & A. Perales Castro (Eds.), Granada, mucho que enseñar. Actas del II Congreso Internacional de la Lengua, la Cultura y el Ocio. (pp. 155–170).!