Plenary Speakers



Isabel Moreno López

Isabel Moreno López is the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies at Goucher College, Baltimore, Maryland. She came to the US in 1995 and completed a Master’s degree in Intercultural Communications and a Doctoral degree in Language Literacy and Culture at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). Before becoming the Associate Provost in June 2018, she was a Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies and taught a broad range of courses, from Queer Studies, Critical Pedagogy, Translation and Interpreting, to critical approaches to language and literature. Moreno-López´ teaching informs her research and she has published on the topics of community-based learning, hybrid on-line courses, assessment, and cross-cultural approaches to teaching. Dr. Moreno-López´ articles on critical pedagogy and trans-cultural encounters illustrate the idea that to teach Spanish in the U.S. is a political act necessary to achieve social justice.

Roberto A. Valdeón

Roberto A. Valdeón is Professor in English Studies at the University of Oviedo, Spain. He is a fellow of the Academy of Europe, Editor-in-Chief of Perspectives Studies in Translation Theory and Practiceand General Editor of the Benjamins Translation Library. He has been a visiting scholar at the University of Massachusetts, US, a Visiting Professor at the University of Leuven, Belgium, and has been appointed Research Fellow at the University of the Free State, South Africa, for the period 2014-2020, and Honorary Professor at Jinan University, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Nankai University and Beijing International Studies University in China, and at the University of Stirling in the UK.

He has published over a hundred articles, books and book chapters, including contributions to journals such as Across Languages and Cultures, Meta, Intercultural Pragmatics, Terminology,Bulletin of Spanish Studies, Target, Babel, International Journal of Applied Linguistics, Languages in Contrast,Philological Quarterly, Journalism, Translation Studies, and Translating and Interpreting Studies.

John Corbett

John Corbett is a CAPES International Fellow and Visiting Professor at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil, and an Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of Glasgow. He is the author of An Intercultural Approach to English Language Teaching (Multilingual Matters 2003), Intercultural Language Activities (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and the co-author of English in Medical Education: An Intercultural Approach to Teaching Language and Values (Multilingual Matters, 2012) amongst several other works on intercultural communication and language education. Currently, he is a co-investigator on an AHRC Project ‘Building an intercultural pedagogy for higher education in conditions of conflict and protracted crises’.

Sandra López-Rocha

Sandra López-Rocha (Ph.D. University of Bristol, Ph.D., University of Maryland Baltimore County) is Intercultural Learning Specialist and Program Coordinator of the Global Experience Certificate at the University of Waterloo, Canada. Her prior roles at the University of Bristol, UK, include a teaching fellowship at the School of Modern Languages and senior associate teacher for Research Methods in Intercultural Communication and Virtual Ethnography. Her research focuses on the sociolinguistic and socio-cultural adaptation of forced and voluntary migrants, and the development of Intercultural Communicative Competence in HE, encompassing the domestic and international student experience.