Dr Yolanda Martinez BA, PhD, PGCE

Department of Modern Languages
Spanish Language Tutor
Y2 Language Module Convenor

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.