Dolors Masats Viladoms

I have got a BA in English Language and Literature and a Ph.D. in Educational Sciences (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona). In September 1999 I completed a Masters Degree in Language Teaching after the public defense of my M.A. dissertation: "La reparació en el discurs dels aprenents d'espanyol com a llengua estrangera" (Repair activities used by learners of Spanish as a foreign language engaged in pair communicative tasks). In October 2008 I completed my PhD studies with the presentation of the thesis, entitled “El discurs dels aprenents d’anglès com a llengua estrangera: una aproximació interactivista al procés de construcció de tasques comunicatives” (Discourse Practices of EFL learners: insights, from an interactionist perspective, into the process of constructing communicative tasks). Both studies were directed by GREIP research leader Dr. Luci Nussbaum Capdevila. As a member of GREIP (Research Group on Plurilingual Interaction and Teaching), I am also actively involved in various national and international research projects, which give my the opportunity to deepen into the field of discourse analysis applied to language learning, to reflect upon how to incorporate in the foreign language class methodological proposals to deal with language and cultural diversity, to explore the benefit of the use of video and ICT in language learning and to design, implement and evaluate task- and content-based materials for language learners.

I had my first contact with the students and the staff of the Faculty of Education at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in 1992, when I was given a grant to work at the Erasmus office. It was not until 1998 that I was offered a part-time teaching position. Parallel to this, I also worked part-time in state primary and secondary schools, public and private language schools and in three other Catalan universities as an English teacher. Today, I am a full-time junior lecturer at the Department of Language Teaching Methodology (UAB), where I tutor student-teachers and teach Language Methodology courses. I combine my regular job at UAB with the conduction of in-service teacher training workshops and the implementation of a language course at Brians state prison. In July 2002 the Dean of the Faculty of Education appointed me as the coordinator of the Foreign Language Pre-service Teacher Training Diploma and I held this duty until July 2005. Academic life is interesting but hard: you must teach, do pastoral work, publish research articles, present papers at international conferences and write books. At first I was a bit overwhelmed with so many different duties, but surprisingly enough (and with the help of my husband, of course!) I had some time to devote myself to my two best creations: Georgina and Joel. Our first daughter was born in March 2000 and her brother bumped into our lives in 2004. Needless to say that they have moved our soul to dance.

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