I am a member of the Spanish language teaching team.
My current teaching practice is based upon what I have learned through experience as well as through study, and techniques I have tried, observed, refined and reflected upon.
My approach has at its foundation the concept that it is the student who must do the learning; therefore a good teacher will facilitate this by providing a safe and challenging learning environment, a clear sequence of learning opportunities made explicit to the students, fair assessment, motivation and support.
Prior to my appointment at the University of Dundee in 2011, for 13 years I was the Senior Language Tutor of Spanish at the University of St Andrews, where I was responsible for the language provision including material and programme creation, training and support of tutors, I taught Spanish at Lancaster University, in Further Education in various institutions in Cumbria, and in two secondary schools.
I have an MA in Language Studies and a PGCE (Secondary) from Lancaster University, a PGDip in Administrative Studies from Leeds Business School, a Degree in Spanish Philology and a Certificate of Aptitude to Teach from the University of Santiago de Compostela.
I have published Spanish textbooks and courses with Hodder & Stoughten, Harper Collins and the Open University.
- Applied Languages Programme (First, Second, Third and Fourth Year)
- Graduate Diploma in Spanish by Distance-Learning
- Languages for All Programme (Stage 2 Lower Intermediate)
- Intensive Spanish Course for medical students
- Languages for All Programme (Stage 3 &4 Intermediate: 2012-13, Stage 5, 6&7 Advance 2011-12/2012-13)
- Intensive Spanish Course by Distance Learning (2011-2012)
- Intensive Spanish Revision Course by Distance Learning (2011-2012)
Academic Coordinator for the Intensive Spanish Course and the Intensive Spanish Revision Course by Distance-Learning.
Scholarly Interests & Publications
- Development of language teaching courses and materials
- Promotion of learner autonomy
- Language teacher training
- Development of Self-access Language Learning material
- Distance learning approaches in Language teaching and learning
Since joining the University of Dundee I have reviewed and completely rewritten each of the courses I teach.
Tony Buzan and Carmen García del Río(2010), Collins Language Revolution - Spanish Grammar Buster, HarperCollins Publishers.
Tony Buzan and Carmen García del Río(2009), Collins Language Revolution – Word Power Spanish (Audio CD), HarperCollins Publishers.
Tony Buzan, Carmen García del Río, and Diego de Jesus, Collins (2009) Language Revolution –Latin American Spanish: Beginner (Book & 2 CDs), HarperCollins Publishers.
Tony Buzan and Carmen García del Río (2009) Collins Language Revolution –Spanish: Beginner Plus (Book & 2CDs), HarperCollins Publishers.
Carmen García del Río (2008), Collins Easy Learning Spanish Audio Course – audio book (Stage 1), HarperCollins Publishers.
Tony Buzan and Carmen García del Río (2008), Collins Language Revolution – Spanish: Beginner (Book & 2 CDs – 3 Mar 2008) HarperCollins Publishers.
Carmen García del Río (2005), ¡En Marcha!: An Intensive Spanish Course for Beginners (Textbook and CD), Hodder Arnold publishers.
Consultant author of the following books for the Open University Spanish Course:
A buen puerto, Book 7, Al aire libre: La conservación del patrimonio natural. Open University, 2001 (Year 3).
A bordo, Book 7 ¿Te acuerdas…? Open University, 2000 (Year 2).
En Rumbo 2 A fresh start in Spanish 2, Hechos y acontecimientos. Routledge & Open University, 1999 (Year 1).