Course team


Dolores Barbazán Capeáns works as a Spanish lecturer at Columbia University, New York. She has also taught at Birkbeck College, University of London; Ovidius University of Constanta, in Romania; and Barcelona University in Spain. She received her Ph.D. in Didactics of Language and Dolores BarbazanLiterature from the University of Barcelona, and she holds an MA in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language, from Rovira i Virgili University, in Tarragona, Spain.

Laura Styles. Having bounced around various countries as she developed her EFL career and completed her Masters in ELT, Laura now collaborates with several universities on different projects such as content development for the MexSu project with the University of Southampton, ECLA exam Laura Mugshotwriting for the UOC. She continues to enjoy a busy teaching schedule at UB, UNED and in-company and even finds time to work on her research interests, which include how to use technology in the classroom to engage learners and methods of instructional design.

Instructional Designers

Blanca Cristòfol Garcia is currently a PhD student at the UOC. She is carrying out her research on e-tandem language learning under the supervision of blancaChristine Appel. She graduated in Journalism from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and has a Master’s Degree in Teaching Spanish and Catalan as Foreign Languages from the Universitat de Girona (UdG). She is a DELE examiner at the Instituto Cervantes, and previously worked as a Spanish teacher in higher education and professional training institutions. She also did a training period in the Spanish Language Department of the University of Florence (Italy).

Louise O’Connor is currently an English Language teacher in ESADE, Barcelona, having previously worked as a coordinator in the English Language department of a trilingual secondary school. She graduated from Sussex University with a degree in Economics and went on to study a Louise OU TandemMOOC picmaster’s degree in Education (Applied Linguistics) with the Open University in the UK. Her master’s research focussed both on CALL (Computer-assisted language learning) and the use of multi-modal forms in communication. She is also a speaking and writing examiner for Cambridge Assessment English, an IELTS expert and has collaborated with the UOC on the development of the B2 level English exam for ECLA and the SpeakMOOC project. Other projects have included materials development with Macmillan Education.


Christine Appel is a Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Modern Languages at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) in Barcelona, Spain. She is also the coordinator of European projects, amongst them, LLP project SpeakApps. She coordinates EFL and teacher training courses in the Centre for Modern Languages at the UOC. She holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics from the University of Dublin, Trinity College. Her current research interests include Computer-mediated Communication, Distance education, Task-based Learning, and Computer-supported collaborative learning in the L2. She is a member of realTIC (2014 SGR 1003), an AGAUR funded research group.


Joseph Hopkins has over 30 years of experience as a language teacher and teacher trainer and is jhopkinscurrently the Director of the Centre for Modern Languages at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC). He is also a coordinator of ICT-REV, a project funded by the European Centre for Modern Languages aimed at training language teachers in how to successfully implement technology in their teaching. His main areas of interest are web-based language teaching and learning, language teaching management, ICT training for language teachers, and computer-mediated communication.

Joan-Tomàs Pujolà is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Language Teaching at the Faculty of Education, University of Barcelona (UB). He is director of the Máster jtInteruniversitario de Formación de Profesores de Español como Lengua Extranjera (UB and Universitat Pompeu Fabra) and UB coordinator of the Máster MULTIELE – Erasmus Mundus. He holds a PHD in Applied Linguistics from the University of Edinburgh. His research interests focus on Computer Assisted Language Learning, Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language, Language Learning Autonomy and Language Teacher Education. He is the Principal Investigator of realTIC (2014 SGR 1003) and the Director of a three-year research project funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, EDU2012-38049.