Equipped with a BA (Hons) in Tourism and with a BA (Hons) in ‘Educación Secundaria con Especialidad en Inglés’ -Secondary Education with Major in English, my translation- I became an EFL (English Foreign Language) teacher in Mexico at a secondary school level as well as at a University level in the UPN -Universidad Pedagogica Nacional- located in Guadalajara Jalisco. After five years of teaching experience (2007-2011), I participated in the Foreign Language Assistant Programme (FLAP) between Mexico and the UK -Programa de asistentes de idioma México-Reino Unido- promoted by the SEP (Ministry of Education in Mexico) and the British council. My participation in this project encouraged me to pursue a master’s degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) at the University of Manchester (2013-1024).
During my MA studies, I became interested in the issue of language teaching and its relation to the ‘intercultural dimension’. I wondered how Mexican EFL teachers, who participated in the FLAP sojourn, had experienced the ‘intercultural turn’ in language teaching education and how they had changed (or if they had changed) their ideas, beliefs, as well as their teaching practices after their FLAP participation. Therefore, I undertook a small-scale research whose title is “Exploring the influences of professional sojourns on teachers’ practices, assumptions and beliefs about intercultural communication”. After my MA studies I had the opportunity to undertake a PhD project in which I further explored the lived experiences of Mexican EFL teachers living and working in the UK as Foreign Language Assistants of Spanish. My PhD thesis title is “Mexican EFL teachers narrating their professional development during their sojourn in the UK”. Through this project I contributed to the fields of professional sojourns -also known intercultural sojourns/journeys- teacher professional development and narration.
Currently, I am a Senior Tutor in Education at the University of Manchester and I am interested in areas such as Language Teacher Education, Developing Academic and Research Competence, Intercultural Education and Multilingualism.