Dr Sandra Torres

Senior Language Tutor

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I completed a BA in Philology and Languages in Colombia and after working as a teacher of English and Spanish in that country I enroled in an MA in Applied Linguistics in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL).
After 4 years of teaching at higher education level in Colombia I was awarded a Teaching Assistantship to complete an MA in Translation and teach Spanish as a foreign language in the USA. Afterwards,  I completed my PhD at the University of Manchester. My final dissertation was on how beliefs affect language teachers’ uptake of technologies in their practice.
Soon afterwards, I worked as a research fellow at the University’s Translation Studies department where I was in charge of the development, implementation and delivery of an Online Postgraduate Certificate in Translation Studies. Subsequently, I started teaching Spanish at the University’s Language Centre (ULC) and have taught all levels of Spanish from Beginners to Proficient. More recently, in 2015, I became the senior language tutor for the ULC’s Non-Latin Script Languages (Japanese, Chinese and Arabic) team which I led and coordinated for 5 years. Whilst in this post, I also completed the PGCert in HE in 2018. Currenlty I am a senior language tutor in Spanish.


Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, 2018, School of Education, The University of Manchester, UK

PhD Language Education, 2005, Management and Institutional Development, School of Education, The University of Manchester, UK.

MA in Translation with a concentration in Spanish, 2000, Institute for Applied Linguistics, Modern and Classical Language Studies, Kent State University, Ohio USA

MA Applied Linguistics in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, 1996, Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas, Bogotá, Colombia

BA Philology and Languages (Spanish – English), 1992, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia


Further information

UNILANG certified external examiner, number UL063 2018. A recognition scheme for language learning in higher education http://www.unilang.ac.uk

Accredited DELE Examiner, Cervantes Institute.


External positions

External Eaminer, University of Leeds

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External Examiner, The University of Sheffield

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