Lourdes  Hernández-Martín

Lourdes Hernández-Martín

Language Co-ordinator (Arabic) and Co-ordinator for Spanish Projects

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Key Expertise
Spanish and Arabic language teaching

About me

During her professional life, Lourdes has been involved in various areas of research. She worked at the Spanish press agency (EFE) in Tunisia covering Tunisian, Libyan, Palestinian and Algerian issues. She also carried out academic research focusing on the role of policies towards women in the construction of the Tunisian state.

Lourdes has worked as a campaigner and researcher with human rights organisations on issues related to North Africa and the Middle East. After the completion of an MSc in Human Rights, she carried out research on armed conflict, focusing on the use of child soldiers and on the legal framework applied to private military and security companies.

Lourdes has taught and coordinated languages in higher education environments in both Tunisia and the UK. Currently, her research focuses on the use of ethnography in language teaching and multilingual contexts. She is also interested in project-based methods to enhance students’ learning.

Lourdes is one of the founder members of ELE-UK (UK Association for the Teaching of Spanish in Higher and Adult Education) and sits on the Executive Committee. She has won several LSE Teaching Prizes: LSE SU Teaching Awards (three times) and LSE Excellence Award (twice).

Articles and chapters

Hernández-Martín L., Skrandies P. (2020) Taking the Foreign out of Language Teaching: Opening up the Classroom to the Multilingual City. In: Malinowski D., Maxim H.H., Dubreil S. (eds) Language Teaching in the Linguistic Landscape. Educational Linguistics, vol 49. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-55761-4_13

Coca, M.; Hernández-Martín, L., Martínez-Sánchez, R. and Peñas-Cruz, R.: “Desarrollo de las destrezas orales fuera del aula: las posibilidades del Wimba Voiceboard” (Development of oral skills outside the classroom), MarcoEle 2012.

Coca, M.; Hernández-Martín, L. and Peñas-Cruz, R.: “El uso de simulaciones globales: una ONG en América Latina” (The use of global simulations: An NGO in Latin America). Actas I Encuentro de profesores de español de Londres, MarcoEle 2011.

Hernández-Martín, L; Martínez-Sánchez, R. and Peñas Cruz, R.: “Spanish in Motion: Un proyecto de acceso a la realidad cultural hispana” (Spanish in Motion: a project aiming at giving students access to the reality of Spanish speaking communities). Actas I Encuentro de profesores de español de Londres, MarcoEle 2011.

Cuadrado-García, M.; Hernández- Martín, L Montoro Pons, Juan D. and Ruiz-Molina, M. E.: “Pictures, Teaching, Marketing and Languages: Results of an Innovative Learning Project Based on Pinhole Photography” (October 14, 2010). ESA Research Network Sociology of Culture Midterm Conference: Culture and the Making of Worlds, 2010.

Hernández-Martín, L. y Pozo, P.: “El marco jurídico de la compañías militares y de seguridad privadas. Reflexiones a propósito de la experiencia de Iraq” (The legal framework of private security and military companies. Thoughts on the Irak case), Anuario Español de Derecho Internacional, vol.XXIII (2007), 315-350.

Hernández-Martín, L.: “Las mujeres en Túnez: una cuestión de Estado” (Women in Tunisia and the State role), Leviatan, Nº 79,  2000, 53-64.

Selection of teaching and learning projects

Design and implementation of In a certain place in London, project based on the use of ethnography, linguistic landscape and digital humanities in language learning.  Funded by the Language Centre and Teaching and Learning Centre, LSE.

Coordination of Mosaic, a multilingual platform for audio visual resources for the Language Centre Degree courses. Funded by the Ignite grant of Learning, Technology and Innovation, LSE.

Coordination of From e-marking to e-feedback: training, applying and evaluation. Project aiming at exploring ways of marking and giving feedbacks including Moodle, i-Pads plus annotation apps and video tools. The project is coordinated together with Dr. H. Xiang. Funded by Learning, Teaching and Innovation, LSE. 

Coordination of Spanish in Motion/LSE Language Centre project.  This project, aiming at giving students access to the reality of Spanish speaking communities, is coordinated together with Roser Martinez and Rafael Cruz. Funded by Teaching and Learning Centre, Language Centre, Widening Participation and Annual Fund, LSE.

Design and implementation of a global simulation An NGO in Latin America within the European Community. The project was created with Mercedes Coca. Funded by the Socrates project Explics.


Expertise Details

Teaching of Spanish and Arabic; Multilingual contexts and Language Teaching and Learning; Project-based Learning; Ethnography and Language Learning; North Africa; Human Rights and Armed Conflict

About the Language Centre

LSE is a centre for the study of the social sciences and this is reflected in its Language Centre.

Our courses focus on language and society, encouraging you to learn how to use language in the contexts you would like to live, study and work in. We teach people to speak languages, but also teach about language (socio-linguistics and intercultural communication) and offer a range of courses on literature and society. 

We offer English for Academic Purposes programmes, BSc programmes a range of undergraduate degree courses that can be taken as part of a degree and a range of language options that can be taken outside of a degree programme. All programmes and courses relate language study and support to the fields of interest of social science students.

The Language Centre is part of LSE’s Academic and Professional Development Division.