Dr Yolanda Martinez BA, PhD, PGCE


Spanish Language Tutor
Y2 Language Module Convenor

Department of Modern Languages: Hispanic Studies

Contact details

Department of Modern Languages
Ashley Building, room 106
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


I have been teaching in the Department of Modern Languages since 2001. I teach a range of courses on Spanish Language at undergraduate level with a focus on EBL activities, Blended Learning, and autonomous learning. I am the module convenor for Y2 language modules.


BA (University of Santiago, Spain)

PhD (University of Birmingham, UK)

PGCE (University of Birmingham, UK)


Undergraduate modules taught

  • Post A-Level Spanish Language Y1
  • Post-A Level Spanish Language Y2
  • Spanish Language with Business, Commerce, Economics, International Relations Y2
  • Spanish Language Project for Business Y2
  • Advanced Spanish Language Y4
  • Advanced Spanish Language Translation Y4


I have published articles on Hispanic women writers in academic journals including Wadabagei, New Mango Season and Letras Femeninas on the topic of global translatability of racial, sexual and socio-cultural representations of Hispanic Caribbean women.

Other activities

  • Facilitator for PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions)
  • Outreach activities
  • Pastoral role



  • “Contesting the Meaning of Latina/Chicana Motherhood in Dreaming in Cuban by Cuban American Cristina García”, Latina/Chicana Mothering 2011
  • “Curriculum as Prescription versus Curriculum as Experience: A case for EBL in Modern Languages” 2010 http://www.llas.ac.uk/projects/3179 (£1,000 funded teaching project by Llas)
  • “The Diasporic translatability of smell: a Latina socio-cultural and gender phenomenon” New Mango Season 2:1 (2008): 71-81
  • "The search for home, identity, and national belonging in US / Cuban Cristina García's Monkey Hunting", Wadabagei. A Journal of the Caribbean and its Diasporas (Lexington Books), 9:1 (2006): 81-97.
  • "El cuerpo inscrito: de cómo Sandra García perdió su identidad", Reflexiones: Ensayos sobre Escritoras Hispanoamericanas Contemporáneas, Volume III, Colección Academia, 9 pp (2005)", , Volume III, Colección Academia, 9 pp (2005)
  • "Mutilation, Poetics and Aesthetics: Writing the Female Body in Cristina García's Dreaming in Cuban and The Agüero Sisters”, Letras Femeninas, 30:1 (2004), 51-63.

Creative writing

  • “Pan de manteca” (short story). Letras Femeninas 35: 1 (2009): 353-356.

Contributions to collaborative works

  • “Spanish-American Caribbean Literature (327-8)”, “Dominican-American Literature (98-101)”, “Cuban-American Literature (83-4)”, “Julia Alvarez (15-6)”, “Esmeralda Santiago (305-7)”, Hispanic American Literature Volume II Facts on File, Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Literature, Facts on File: New York, 2008.

Reader of Language textbooks

  • Colloquial Spanish: The Complete Course for Beginners. Routledge (Untza Otaola Alday). 2007
  • ¡Exacto!: A Practical Guide to Spanish Grammar. Hodder Arnold, 2002.

Book reviews

  • Geoffrey Philp. Who is your Daddy and Other Stories, Society for Caribbean Studies Newsletter, 2009. , Society for Caribbean Studies Newsletter, 2009.
  • Harry Goulbourne, Caribbean Transnational Experience,Black and Asian Studies Association Newsletter, 2004.
  • Holger Henke and Fred Reno (eds.) Modern Political Culture in the Caribbean, Society for Caribbean Studies Newsletter, 2004.

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