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Dr Yolanda Joy Calvo Benzies

Dr Yolanda Joy Calvo Benzies
Tenure-track contract Lecturer with a PhD
English Philology


Brief CV

Dr. Yolanda Joy Calvo Benzies She is as a Tenure-track contract Lecturer with a PhD (Contratada Doctora Interina) within the Departamento de Filología Española, Moderna y Clásicas. She teaches ESP at the Faculty of Tourism. She obtained a BA in English Studies at the University of Santiago de Compostela in 2008. In 2010 she completed an MA in English Studies at the same university. Yolanda Joy defended her PhD in January 2016 on the importance given to pronunciation in EFL classes in Spain. From 2011 to 2014 she had a three-year pre-doctoral grant awarded by the Xunta de Galicia to help her complete her PhD.

Her main teaching and research interests include the teaching of EFL (especially regarding spoken production and spoken interaction skills, and English pronunciation), English for Tourism, ESP, the use of ICTs applied to the teaching of English, new varieties of English (EIL, ELF) and innovative techniques for teaching languages (songs, games, podcasts, mobile apps, social networks, role-plays, etc).

She is one of the assistant editors (copyeditor) in the journals RAEL and ATLANTIS.

Yolanda carried out research stays at the University of Reading (UK) between February and May 2013 and the University of Jaume I (February-March 2020).

She has been part of the organising committee of several conferences (ICSE, INCICE y ELC4) and actively collaborated in the organization of ICELTL1, XXXIX SEL International Conference, ICAME34 and GALA13. She was one of the plenary speakers in the 2nd UPCEL Conference (2017). She has presented papers in over 50 national and international conferences and has more than 25 publications (which include publications in refereed journals, some book chapters in important international publishing companies and the edition of a book with Peter Lang.

Yolanda is currently the coordinator of the subjects English 1 and English 3 at the Faculty of Tourism as well as the coordinator for all the BA dissertations carried out by students from the GTUR or GATU degrees but supervised by a member of the Department of Spanish, Modern and Classical Philology. Moreover, she is one of the mobility coordinators (Erasmus+ programme for incoming students, for student´s practical internships and for teaching and administration staff visits). She is also a member of the Faculty Board (Tourism).

She has participated in more than 12 regionaland national research projects. She is currently the IP of the teaching innovation project 'Desarrollo de competencias en expresión oral y vocabulario específico en inglés a través de la plataforma Anchor,' which is funded by the IRIE.

Yolanda has supervised over 15 BA dissertations (GTUR, GATU, GEAN, GEP2) and more than 20 MA dissertations (MLLM, MFPR). She is currently the co-supervisor of a PhD dissertation.

Member of GRALing (Research Group in Linguistc Analysis)

Colaborator in ILLA (Grup d'investigació en llengües, literatures i aprenentatge)

Colaborator in SPERTUS (Spoken English Research Team at the University of Santiago de Compostela).


Office Hours

Lecturer Tutorial Times
Start Date End Date Day Start Time End Time Location
12/09/2022 21/12/2022 Monday 12.00 15.00 Nº 3, Facultad de Turismo (cita previa)
12/09/2022 21/12/2022 Monday 15.00 16.00 Nº 3, Facultad de Turismo
12/09/2022 21/12/2022 Wednesday 12.00 14.00 Nº 3, Facultad de Turismo (cita previa)
10/02/2023 29/05/2023 Monday 12.00 14.00 Nº 3, Facultad de Turismo
10/02/2023 29/05/2023 Monday 14.00 15.00 Nº 3, Facultad de Turismo (cita previa)
10/02/2023 29/05/2023 Tuesday 13.00 14.00 Nº 3, Facultad de Turismo (cita previa)
10/02/2023 29/05/2023 Tuesday 16.30 17.30 Nº 3, Facultad de Turismo (cita previa)

Teaching, 5 previous years

Subject Information
10704 - Master's Thesis
10887 - Research and Innovation in Education
11188 - Monographic seminar on language specialization 1
20502 - English I
20506 - English II
20518 - English III
20531 - Final Degree Project
21811 - Fundamentals of English Phonology
21829 - Final Degree Project
21976 - English for Education and Social Work
22132 - Final Degree Project
  • Degree in Primary Education2019-20


Research groups

Group Membership type
Research group in linguistic analysis (GRALing) Member
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