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Dr Talia Luna Morris

  • Overview

    Overview

    Biography

    I was born in Mexico City and at 16 I was awarded a place in the Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso (Preparatoria 1 -UNAM) where I completed my bachillerato. I proceeded to the Faculty of Political Science in Mexico City at the National University of Mexico (UNAM) where I graduated for a BA (Hons.) in Journalism, Politics and Media Studies after a thesis and a viva on “Análisis de la opinión reflejada en trece diarios capitalinos acerca de la Reforma Administrativa  1976-1982”. I worked as a researcher, writer, analyst and translator in the Editorial Department/Press Office/International Press of the Presidential Office. My interest in language teaching began when I won a scholarship for an MA in Applied Linguistics at the Graduate School of the University of the Americas in Mexico City, where I was in charge of the language exams. When I came to London, I studied English at the Eurocentre Forest Hill and later, I continued to study for the Cambridge Proficiency and the Cambridge Diploma in English Studies which included translation. Later on, I worked as an administrator and interpreter in a video post-production company. I decided to concentrate in teaching and I took a PGCE-Modern Languages and I taught in the secondary school sector. Having won a British Academy Award, I proceeded to study for an MA in Area Studies (Latin America) at the Institute of Latin American Studies, London University. This comprised the study of the Aztecs, the Colonial period  and Cultural Studies in Modern Latin America. This led to my employment in the Higher Education sector. I taught culture, language and translation for undergraduates at the Department of Spanish and Spanish America in King’s College London. Then I went to teach at the Modern Language Centre at King’s College where I taught the advance Spanish level courses in the Institute of Latin American Studies, the Summer Programme, the language courses for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; content courses for undergraduates including Spanish and Latin American Cinema in the Culture class and general language courses at all levels in the external programme. I also participated in the inaugural collaboration between the MLC and the Centre for Mexican Studies, UNAM-UK. In King’s College, I became and Associate in 2014 after having completed a three year course, final exams and election. I joined Birkbeck in 2001 to teach Spanish Language 1, with the development of the department I have participated in the writing and teaching of the programmes for Spanish 3 and 4. Throughout this period I have presented numerous workshops, written programmes of study and exams, and been responsible for general administration. I have constantly  updated my IT skills and written and adapted material. I am interested in culture as part of language teaching and I am working on the influence of the internet on popular culture in Mexico.

    Highlights

    • Article:  Frida Khalo and the painting of the angelitos work in progress

    • I have been part of a team adapting the Spanish language courses Prisma to Prisma Latinoamericano Levels A1, A2 (2011-2012) and B2 (2016)

    • Latin American Music Seminar. Senate House. The Golden Years of the Mexican Cinema: a national identity in the making. 8th November, 2017

    • King’s College London (MLC) and the Centre for Mexican Studies in London (UNAM). Workshop: History of the Chocolate (2016)

       King’s College London (MLC) and the Centre for Mexican Studies in London (UNAM). Workshop: Las Calaveritas (Dec. 2015 and 2016)

    • King’s College London (MLC) and the Centre for Mexican Studies -UNAM -UK. Workshop: The music in the film Fresa y Chocolate (2017)

       


    • The charro cantor: a mediation between the rural and the urban culture. WorldCat member libraries (2004)

    Qualifications

    • Associate of King’s College , King's College, London (University of London), 2014
    • PhD, King's College, London (University of London)
    • MA (Area Studies)-Latin America, Institute of Latin American Studies (University of London)
    • PGCE (Modern Languages), South Bank University-Department of Education
    • Diploma in English Studies, Cambridge University
    • BA (Hons) Journalism, Politics and Media Studies, UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)

    Visiting posts

    • Spanish Teacher/Lecturer, King's College, London (Modern Language Depatment), 10-1997 to 07-2017
    • Lecturer in Spanish, University of Sussex, School of Humanities,
    • Lecturer in Spanish, King's College, London (Department of Spanish and American Spanish),
    • Lecturer in Spanish, University of North London (Spanish Department),

    Honours and awards

    • Award, British Academy, December 1993
  • Supervision and teaching

    Supervision and teaching

    Teaching

    Teaching modules

    • Spanish 3 (Level 4) (ARCL112S4)
    • Spanish 4 (Level 4) (ARCL113S4)