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Biography

Jesús received his Degree (Licenciatura) and 2-year Pre-Doctoral Course (Cursos de Doctorado) in Arabic with French from Complutense University in Madrid.

He carried out Postgraduate research at Ibn Zohr University in Agadir (Morocco), University of Copenhagen and Harvard University. He also completed a PGCE (Postgraduate Course of Education) in Spanish with French at Birmingham University.

Jesús has been teaching at King’s College London for almost a decade, where he also did he PhD on Comparative Catalan Poetry: it was the first thesis written and defended in Catalan in the history of the College.

Apart from teaching Spanish as a member of a language team, Jesús is responsible for the Catalan Curriculum, which is offered thanks to funding from the Institut Ramon Llull based in Barcelona. This includes designing new courses covering language learning and Catalan Culture both ab initio and at advanced level. 

Research Interests

  • Catalan contemporary poetry, art & cinema
  • Catalan nationalism
  • Spanish Contemporary poetry
  • Comparative Literature & film studies
  • Spanish & Catalan language teaching

Teaching

Before arriving at King’s, Jesús worked as a Spanish Language & Culture Teaching Fellow at La Manouba University (Tunisia) through the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation (AECI) and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This included teaching Spanish at all undergraduate levels, and organising events to promote Spanish language and culture.

He then completed a PGCE at Birmingham University, which gave him the opportunity to understand the different educational backgrounds of University students in the UK, the importance of e-learning, and an interactive approach to grammar teaching.

At King’s, Jesús received a Teaching Excellence Award (2010).

He has been invited to give workshops, for example on language teaching strategies for Masters students of Catalan Linguistics in Spain, and on how to teach content in a language class to NQTs (Newly Qualified Teachers) of Spanish.

He also teaches a course in visual art, critical theory and poetry. For instance, students analyse the political discourse to be found in contemporary Catalan art and Spanish avant-garde cinema produced in Barcelona during the 1960s/70s, including Antoni Gaudí, Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró and Miquel Barceló.

Finally, Jesús considers himself an enthusiastic and creative teacher, using interactive materials to develop the interests and talents of every student and to prepare them for professional life.

Selected Publications

  • Paper (2015): ‘Bees in Films’, Arts & Humanities Festival (‘Everyone Is An Artist’), King’s College London.
  • Paper (2015): ‘How to Use Cultural Content (Joan Miró) in a Spanish Language Class’, The Prince’s Teaching Institute, Birmingham.
  • Paper (2013): ‘Salvador Dalí in Jaime Camino’s The Happy Sixties (Los Felices Sesenta)’, the 59th Annual Anglo-Catalan Society Conference, University of Manchester.
  • Paper (2013): ‘Gaudí in Biotaxia by José María Nunes’, XIV WISPS Annual Conference, University of Liverpool.
  • Book (2010): L’escriviure de Ponç el menorquí. Menorca: Conselleria de Cultura, Ajuntament d’Alaior.
  • Book (2005): Ponç Pons. Llamas escritas. Antología poética. Edition, Anthology, Preface and Translation from Catalan to Spanish. Madrid: Colección Calambur de Poesía.