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Staff List - CULP Spanish Team

Pedro Barriuso-Algar

Position:

  • CULP Spanish Coordinator and Teacher
  • CULP Coordinator for Teacher Development

Contact Information

Email: pb452@cam.ac.uk

Pedro Barriuso-Algar

Profile

Originally from Barcelona, Pedro spent most of his life in Seville. He graduated in English and Spanish from the University of Seville, where he also got his teaching qualification. Since moving to Cambridge he has taught Spanish at different levels and in many educational contexts: secondary, adult, further and higher education. During his time in Cambridge he has also gained a Master of Arts Degree in Applied Linguistics from the Open University.


Sebastián Bianchi

Position:

  • CULP Spanish Teacher

Contact Information

Email: asb49@cam.ac.uk

Sebastián Bianchi

Profile

Sebastián is a Teacher of Spanish at the Language Centre, Co-ordinator of Spanish at the Language Unit (Department of Engineering) and Teaching By-Fellow at Churchill College, where he conducts research and teaches Hispanic Studies. An avid writer of articles and books, his publications as co-author include the multimedia language programme Spanish At Your Fingertips (BBC Active), AS/A2 Exam Revision Notes, AS and A2 Resource Packs, AS/A2 Q&A Guide and the book of games Friday Afternoon (all with Philip Allan, Updates/Hodder Education) and the recent Spanish B for the IB Diploma (Hodder & Stoughton). Sebastián continues to support teachers and learners in the UK and Argentina, his home country, with enthusiasm.


Ruth Hatcher

Position:

  • CULP Spanish Teacher

Contact Information

Email: rph31@cam.ac.uk

Ruth Hatcher

Profile

Ruth has been teaching Spanish for the last 18 years. A native of Colombia, proud of her Spanish roots and her Latin American origin, she moved to New York after living in Bucaramanga and Bogotá the Colombian capital. She had worked within the Colombian Institute of Higher Education (ICFES) and later on, as an independent journalist for international publications, including a role as a contributing editor to a worldwide travel guide.

In the United States, she redesigned her teaching career and worked in a number of language institutes and within corporations such as NBC, the media group and at the American Museum of National History. After September 11, 2001, she and her family were relocated to the UK. She now teaches Spanish as foreign language within the University of Cambridge at the Engineering Department's Language Unit and with CULP at the Language Centre, and as a member of MFL team at Swavesey Village College.

Her education includes an honours degree in Education and Modern Languages from the Universidad Industrial de Santander. She subsequently specialised in communications and broadcasting and studied for a Masters degree in Latin American literature.


Dr Alicia Peña-Calvo

Position:

  • CULP Spanish Teacher

Contact Information

Email: ap854@cam.ac.uk

Dr Cynthia Rocha

Profile

Alicia is an Affiliated Lecturer of Spanish at the Department of Spanish & Portuguese in the Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages, Consultant Author for the Open University and for Cambridge University Press, ALevel examiner for Cambridge Assessments, Intituto Cervantes Examiner levels A1 - C2, and Teacher of Spanish at St Mary´s School Cambridge.

Her recent contributions as author for the OU inlude an Open Learning Course (B1) and two books for the Spanish IB Diploma ab initio for Cambridge University Press.

Alicia enjoys collaborating with the University and the Colleges in outreach events for Year 10 and Year 12 learners of Spanish.

She has been teaching Spanish for Medics at the Language Centre for the last three years.

She is from Madrid, where she took her first degree in English Philology and her PhD in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Alicia also have an MA in Education (TESOL) from the Institute of Education (University of London) and a Diploma in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language.