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  • An experienced award-winning educator.
  • A competent course designer passionate about e-leaning.
  • Strongly interested in teacher training and learner-centered education.
  • Background in inter-disciplinary research.

Work experience

Jan 2011Aug 2013

Teaching Fellow, College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

City University of Hong Kong

I taught and coordinated Spanish language and culture courses at various levels.

Oct 2007Jan 2011

Teaching Fellow, Department of English

City University of Hong Kong
  • Coordinated a program of European Languages and Cultures (over 1000 students per year).
  • Taught and coordinated Spanish Language and Culture courses.
  • Taught and coordinated English undergraduate courses  in TESL and Professional Communication.
  • Taught courses of English for Academic and Specific Purposes at undergraduate level.
  • Coordinated the Teaching and Learning Projects/Activities at the Department, including OBTL implementation, e-portfolios, blended learning and peer-assisted learning.
  • Founding Staff member of the English Language Clinic.
Jan 2001Oct 2007

Instructor I, Department of English

City University of Hong Kong
  • Taught and coordinated Spanish language and culture courses.
  • Coordinated the program of European languages and cultures.
  • Taught various teacher training courses at a BATESL program.
Sep 1998Sep 2000

Head of Studies

Colegio San Nicolás de Bari
  • Coordinated the secondary school program.
  • Taught Spanish language and literature.
  • Taught English.
Jul 1994Jul 1998

Demonstrator, Department of English

City University of Hong Kong
  • Taught English for specific purposes to business, engineering, construction, biology and computer science students.
  • Taught Spanish as a foreign language and reflective learning to English majors.

Part-time language instructor

SPACE, University of Hong Kong
  • Taught Spanish as a foreign language.
Sep 1990Jul 1993

Part-time language instructor

Universidad de Oviedo
  • Taught English for specific purposes to managers and engineers at Aceralia (now ARCELOR MITTAL), a multinational steel company.


Sep 1993


Aston University

A full-time Master's degree which has trained me to design English language courses for different academic disciplines and professiona contexts.

Jan 1991

BA (Hons.)

Universidad de Oviedo

This five-year full-time program included a foundation year with subjects in the areas of Spanish Linguistics, Literary Studies and Latin. This was followed by a specialization in English Studies covering areas such as  English Linguistics, Literature, English and American History and History of the English Language.

Other Professional Activities

2004-2011: Director, Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong

Elected board director for three consecutive terms.

Current: Editor, Journal of World Languages. 

A new interdisciplinary journal dedicated to analyzing the impact of globalization in the functions of world languages.

2008-2013: Editor

A professional research group in the area of teaching Spanish as a foreign language to Chinese speakers.

Current: Examiner, Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE)

Current: Examiner IBO Spanish.

Selected Academic Publications 

  • Garralda Ortega, A. (2015): "Enhancing content and language integrated learning in post-secondary vocational education". Paper presented at the Practical Social and Industrial Research Symposium 2015, Hong Kong Vocational Training Council.
  • Garralda Ortega, A. (2010): “Una única nación” or “una nación de naciones”? The concept of nation in the Spanish Press (News articles): A corpus-based study. Paper presented at the ACIS (Association for Contemporary Iberian Studies) 2010 Conference, Roehampton University, London.
  • Garralda Ortega, A. (2008): “The Construction of National Identity in the Spanish Press (1996-2007): A Corpus-Based study”. Paper presented at ESSE 9th Conference, Aarhus, Denmark.
  • Santandreu, D & Garralda, A. (2006): Guía Práctica de Conversación. City University Press, Hong Kong.
  • Jones, R, Garralda, A., Li, D. C.S & Lock, G (2006): “Interactional dynamics in on-line and face-to-face peer-tutoring sessions for second language writers”. Journal of Second Language Writing, Vol. 15 No. 2.
  • Garralda Ortega, A. (2004). Cómo integrar lengua y cultura usando tecnología multimedia. Paper presented at the I Encuentro de Profesores de Español de Asia Pacífico, Instituto Cervantes. Manila.

Radio Broadcasts


More than Words: Zarzuela

RTHK Radio 4

A series of 13 programs dedicated to the Spanish operatic genre of Zarzuela. In collaboration with Stacey Rodda.



  • VTC Student Development Foundation (2014

    Project title: English enhancement project.

    Total amount: HKD 459,785.46

  • LEARNET Grant, administered by Hong Kong University (2003)

    Project title: Developing learning objects for Spanish language and culture.

    Amount (HKD 86,000, including HKD 50,000 from an UGC matching grant).

  • Teaching Development Grant, City University of Hong Kong (2001)

      Project title: Developing multimedia materials for Spanish language and culture.

   Total amount: HKD 145,000 (HKD 125,000 from the university and HKD 20,000 from   an external donation)


Jun 2005

Teaching Excellence Award

City University of Hong Kong
Oct 2003

Golden Abacus Award

Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong
Nov 2001

FHS Contribution to Learning Award

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, City University of Hong Kong