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Carlos Soler Montes

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Hispanic Linguistics, Spanish Sociolinguistics, Applied Linguistics, Second Language Teaching.

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Biography

Dr Carlos Soler Montes is a Lecturer at the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures where he  teaches Hispanic Linguistics and advanced Spanish Language courses.  He started working at The University of Edinburgh in 2015 as a Teaching Fellow and e-Learning Coordinator. 

He is currently the Learning and Teaching Director of the Department of European Languages and Cultures.  

Studying the Spanish language in Spain and Latin America has always been his passion and a source of inspiration. As a researcher, Carlos is particularly interested in the area of language variation from a pan-Hispanic and pluricentric perspective and how this variation can be dealt with by native speakers, as well as learners of Spanish and new speakers of the language. This is reflected in his research trajectory in Hispanic Linguistics as he has examined the ways in which Spanish grammar varies across different Hispanic regions, its particularities, cultural connections and social contacts with other languages.

Research Interests

Carlos' scholarly interests reside at the intersection of Applied Linguistics and Language Education. His publications are related to the fields of Sociolinguistics, Applied Linguistics and Second Language Pedagogy, with a particular emphasis on Language Variation, Second Language Acquisition, Language Contact and Social Bilingualism.

Since his research area reflects upon the limits of Spanish language norm, the different regional uses and how they manifest and vary,  he has always been interested in investigating the role of language acquisition and learning in processes of language change too. In some of his publications Carlos explains how the recognition of Spanish geographical features gives significant clues to a deeper understanding of the language and its characteristics from the language student perspective.

Using the latest online instructional software and technologies has always been an ongoing professional commitment and a research interest too. Carlos has had the opportunity to design and develop innovative resources in different digital formats and lead research projects to provide Spanish language students with access to all kinds of learning possibilities.

External positions

External Examiner, University of Strathclyde

1 Jan 2020 → …

Programme Director, Bilingualism Matters

1 Sep 2019 → …

Review Editor, Journal of Spanish Language Teaching, Taylor and Francis

1 Jan 2019 → …

External Examiner, Open University

2018 → …

School Representative for the University Council of Modern Languages (UCML), University Council for Modern Languages

2018 → …

Executive Committee Member, The International Association for the Study of Spanish in Society (SIS)

2017 → …

External Examiner, University of Bristol

20172020

Treasurer, UK Association for the Teaching of Spanish in Higher and Further Education (ELE-UK)

2016 → …

Spanish Language Programmes Quality Evaluator, Instituto Cervantes

20082019

Keywords

  • P Philology. Linguistics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Applied Linguistics
  • Dialectology
  • Second Language Teaching
  • PC Romance languages
  • Spanish

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