Diego Soto Hernando
Teaching Fellow in Spanish. Convenor for IWLP Spanish stage 2.
Institution Wide Language Programme.
I hold a BA Honours in English Studies from the University of Valladolid (Spain), in which I earned the Premio Extraordinario (Extraordinary Achievement Award) for University Studies. I soon developed an interest in language teaching, taking a Master's Degree in Language Teaching Methodology. Currently specialized in teaching Spanish, I hold Qualified Teacher Status and a Master's Degree in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language.
I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Accredited Examiner at all levels for the DELE Examinations by the Instituto Cervantes. I have been a member of DELE exam boards at the Instituto Cervantes in Spain, the University of Exeter, Cardiff University and the University of Latvia.
I have taught Spanish at Higher Education level for over 11 years within undergraduate specialist programmes, Institution Wide Language Programmes and University Language Centres. Over my career, I have taught and coordinated courses in Spanish language at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels and in Spanish for Specific Purposes (Business). I have also made a significant contribution to curriculum development in designing teaching materials.
Prior to Reading, I have taught at the University of Exeter, Cardiff University, Instituto Cervantes London, Instituto Cervantes New York (U.S.A.), Bard College (U.S.A.), the University of Stirling (Scotland), the National University of Ireland in Galway, the University of Limerick (Ireland), Universidad de Nebrija (Madrid, Spain), the University of Valldolid (Spain) and English Perfect Szkota Jezkow Obcych (Olsztyn, Poland).
In the summer months, I teach intensive language courses at Universidad Internacional Menendez Pelayo (Santander, Spain).
My research interests lie in the fields of Second Language Acquisition and implementing oral skills in the language classroom. In relation to the latter, I have delivered a number of workshops on methodology and current trends in teaching pronunciation at teacher training events, including the International Congress for Teachers of Spanish in Barcelona (Encuentro Practico de Barcelona), the Annual Conference of the Association of University Language Centres, the Language Learning and Teaching Conference, the ELE-UK Annual Conference and UK Lingua.
More recently, in June 2018, I delivered the workshop "Implementing Pronunciation Skills in our Language Classes: Reflecting on Materials Available" at InnoConf2018, organised by the University of Liverpool.