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Dr Matilde Gallardo Barbarroja

Education and professional background

Dr Gallardo Barbarroja has extensive teaching and teaching-related experience in Spanish language and linguistics at undergraduate and post-graduate level, as well as in doctorate supervision and examining and teacher professional development. She has taught in England and Spain, including The Open University, King’s College London, London South Bank, Queen Mary University and the University of Córdoba.


European Doctorate, PhD. In Spanish Linguistics. University of Córdoba, Spain

MA, Spanish Linguistics. University of Córdoba

Post-graduate Diploma in Hispanic Philology. University of Málaga, Spain

CAP (PGCE). University of Córdoba 

BA (Hons) Hispanic Philology. University of Córdoba

Areas of interest and research

Dr Gallardo Barbarroja's research interests are in the field of applied language teaching and learning in general, and more specifically in the areas of language teachers’ socio-cultural identity and professional development, and historical applied linguistics with special reference to the history of Spanish language teaching. Over the past twenty years her research has focussed on the subject of nineteenth century Spanish exiles and their contribution to the study of Spanish language in England, as well as on pedagogical approaches and methodologies to language teaching and learning. More recently, she has also published on the subject of language teaching and accessibility for students with Specific Learning Differences and have coordinated funded scholarship collaborative online projects involving modern language teachers and students in schools and universities.

Dr Gallardo Barbarroja is currently involved in the Language Acts and Worldmaking project, funded under the AHRC’s Open World Research Initiative (OWRI), and more specifically in the Diasporic Identities strand which investigates the experience of transnational language teachers in the UK and how they construct and express their professional and personal identities through language. This project has been developed by a consortium of UK and international academic and non-academic institutions led by King´s College London. 


Gallardo, M. (2016), “Modelos de buen uso: los libros de lecturas, readers, colecciones y florestas como herramienta para el aprendizaje del español en el siglo XIX”. In Durán López, F., Gaviño Rodríguez, V. (eds.) Estudios sobre Filología española y Exilio en la primera mitad del siglo XIX. Madrid, Visor Libros, pp. 247-273.

Gallardo, M. et al., 2015, “Modern Languages and Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD). Implications of teaching adult learners with Dyslexia in distance learning”.  The Journal of Open, Distance and e-learning.

Gallardo, M. et al., 2015, “Developing pedagogical expertise in language learning and specific learning difficulties through collaborative and open educational practices”.  The Language Learning journal.

Duensing, A., Gallardo, M., & Heiser, S. (2013). “Learning to Share and Sharing to Learn – Professional Development of Language Teachers in HE to Foster Open Educational Practices”. In A. Beaven, A. Comas-Quinn, & B. Sawhill (Eds), Case Studies of Openness in the Language Classroom pp. 121-133. ©

Gallardo, M., Heiser, S. and Nicolson, M. (2011) Teacher development for blended contexts and Practical approaches for teacher development. In:  Nicolson, M., Murphy, L. and Southgate, M. (eds.) Language Teaching in Blended Contexts. Edinburgh: Dunedin Academic Press, pp. 219-231 and 232–245.

Gallardo, M. (2011). “La lengua como expresión de la identidad nacional en los emigrados constitucionales. Algunas consideraciones sobre Blanco White y Alcalá Galiano”. In: Muñoz Sempere, D. and Alonso García, G. (eds). Londres y el Liberalismo HispánicoLa Cuestión Palpitante. Los siglos XVIII y XIX en España (17). Madrid: Iberoamericana Editorial Verbauert, pp. 257–274.

Gallardo, M. (2009). “Heréticos, liberales y filólogos: la labor lingüística de los heterodoxos decimonónicos en Inglaterra”. In: García Martín, J. M. and Gaviño Rodríguez, V. (eds). Las ideas y realidades lingüísticas en los siglos XVIII y XIX. Cádiz: Universidad de Cádiz, pp. 189–204.

Gallardo, M. (2006). Anglo-Spanish grammar books published in England in the nineteenth century. Bulletin of Spanish Studies, Hispanic Studies and Researches on Spain, Portugal and Latin America, 83(1), University of Glasgow, Routledge, pp. 73–98.

Gallardo Barbarroja, M. (2003). Introducción y desarrollo del español en el sistema universitario inglés durante el siglo XIX. Estudios de Lingüística del Español, 20. Laboratorio de Lingüística. Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona. Vol 20.  RedIRIS


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