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Inma Alvarez

Senior Lecturer (Spanish)

The Open University Faculty of Education and Language Studies Department of Languages

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Senior Lecturer, Department of Languages, Faculty of Education and Language Studies

Teaching Interests

Inma Álvarez has more than 25 years experience teaching Modern Languages and Dance courses at Higher education institutions in the U.S.A., U.K. and Spain.

She has taught general language courses at all levels as well as courses for specific purposes (e.g. business Spanish, Latin American literature, Contemporary Spain, translation and interpreting) at the University of Michigan (USA), University of St. Andrews (Scotland), University of Wolverhampton and University of Northampton. At the Open University, Inma has contributed to the development of all courses in the Spanish programme from beginners to advanced, including contributions to print and online resources and residential schools materials. She has also been involved in the development and piloting of an electronic European Language Portfolio (ELP) for adults and in the development of a Beginners' Chinese course. Currently she is an external examiner for the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Leeds.

Inma has also teaching experience in the area of dance studies. She has taught dance anthropology at the London Contemporary Dance School and dance analysis and notation at the Conservatorio Superior de Danza “María de Ávila” in Madrid. She has also been an external examiner for the BA (Hons) Theatre Dance, Goldsmith/The Laban Centre. At present she is a member of the Language of Dance Board of Trustees.

Her main teaching interest is in the area of intercultural studies.

Research Interests

Inma's general research interest is in the area of human communication. She has been researching on intercultural competence in language teaching and learning, translation skills, strategies for intercultural communication, multimodal reading and writing across cultures.

Inma is also interested in communication in the performing arts, especifically in how these arts are documented and how expression occurs in the multiple interpretations during performances.

She has experience as a, Masters, PhD and EdD supervisor in both languages and the arts.

Current Research

At present Inma is involved in two research and scholarly projects:

  • The LEAP project with the British Council in Sub-Sahara Africa. Inma is currently working on the Monitoring and Evaluation of audio technology in primary schools in Nigeria.
  • The MAGICC project (Modularising Multilingual and Multicultural Academic Communication Competence for BA and MA level) with several European universities.

In the past few years she has participated in the followig international projects.

  • One-year project (2012) with the University of Surrey, Contexts, Culture and Creativity: Enriching E-Learning in Dance.
  • Three-year collaborative life-long learning European project (2011-2013), Performing Languages, on drama, language and intercultural learning.
  • Three-year collaborative project (2009-2011) on Emotion and moral value in art.
  • Three-year collaborative project (2006-2008) on The expression of subjectivity in the arts.


Book Chapter
Álvarez, Inma (2014). Ethical and aesthetic considerations in language MOOCs. In: Martín-Monje , Elena and Bárcena , Elena eds. Language MOOCs: Providing learning, transcending boundaries. Open Series. Warsaw: De Gruyter, pp. 127–142.
Álvarez, Inma and Kan, Qian (2012). Supporting intercultural learning For beginners’ Chinese language learners at the Open University, UK. In: Jin, Lixian and Cortazzi, Martin eds. Researching Intercultural Learning: Investigations in Language and Education. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 209–234.
Alvarez, Inma (2012). El arte de recrear: el concepto de autenticidad en la danza. In: Giménez Morte, Carmen ed. La investigación de danza en España. 2012. Valencia: Ediciones Mahali, pp. 243–253.
Alvarez, Inma (2012). From paper to the web: the ELP in the digital era. In: Kühn, Bärbel and Perez Cavana, Maria Luisa eds. Perspectives from the European Language Portfolio: Learner autonomy and self-assessment. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 125–142.
Álvarez, Inma (2011). Learning about Chinese-speaking cultures at a distance. In: Fenoulhet, Jane and Ros i Solé, Cristina eds. Mobility and Localisation in Language Learning: a View from Languages of the Wider World. Intercultural Studies and Foreign Language Learning (5). Oxford: Peter Lang, pp. 145–172.
Álvarez, I. (2010). Consideraciones éticas en la investigación de la danza. In: VV, AA ed. La investigación en danza en España 2010. Valencia, Spain: Ediciones Mahalia, pp. 175–185.
Álvarez, Inma ; Beaven, Tita and Garrido, Cecilia (2008). Strategies for acquiring intercultural communication. In: Hurd, Stella and Lewis, Timothy eds. Language Learning Strategies in Independent Settings. Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters, pp. 179–195.
Álvarez, Inma and Garrido, Cecilia (2001). Strategies for the development of multicultural competence in language learning. In: Coleman, James A.; Ferney, Derrik; Head, David and Rix, Rob eds. Language-learning futures : issues and strategies for modern language provision in Higher Education. London: CiLT Publications, pp. 150–163.
Álvarez, Inma and Beaven, Tita (2001). Destrezas interculturales en una comunidad virtual. El sitio A buen puerto de la Open University. In: Gimeno Sanz, A. M. ed. Tecnologías de la información y de las comunicaciones en la enseñanza de E/LE, 5-8 de septiembre de 2001. Universidad de Valencia, pp. 239–249.
Conference Item
Alvarez, Inma (2013). Rightly Beautiful: Dimensiones éticas y estéticas en la didáctica de las TIC. In: Seminario Permanente de Investigación del posgrado oficial de la UNED: Máster TIC-ETL, 22 March 2013, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Madrid.
Álvarez, Inma (2012). Artistic value and spectators’ emotions in dance performances. In: Art, Emotion and value, 4-8 July 2011, Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena, Spain.
Álvarez, Inma (2010). The CEFcult project: assessing oral proficiency in an intercultural professional context. In: Languages in Higher Education 2010: Raising the Standard for Languages, 1-2 Jul 2010, London, UK.
Álvarez, Inma (2010). Natural and artistic bodies in dance. In: Proceedings for the European Society of Aesthetics, 27-29 May 2010, Udine, Italy.
Álvarez, Inma (2009). Time as a strand of the dance medium. In: Proceedings of the IV Mediterranean Congress of Aesthetics, Art and Time, 22-25 Jun 2008, Yarmouk University, Irbid, Jordan.
Álvarez, Inma (2009). The expressive condition of the dancing body. In: 67th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Aesthetics, 22-24 Oct 2009, Denver, USA.
Álvarez, Inma ; Tita, Beaven and Pérez Cavana, María Luisa (2009). Enhancing the ELP for the 21st Century. In: European Confederation of Language Centres in Higher Education (CercleS) Seminar, The Role of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and the European Language Portfolio in Higher Education, 17-19 Sep 2009, Padua, Italy.
Álvarez, Inma (2007). Cultural frontiers of expressive strands in dance performances. In: XVIIth International Congress of Aesthetics, Aesthetics Bridging Cultures, 9-13 Jul 2007, Ankara, Turkey.
Álvarez, Inma (2005). Disciplined minds: fitting an intercultural dimension in language teaching. In: International Association for Languages and Intercultural Communication (IALIC) 6th Annual Conference, Europe Inside Out, 9-11 Dec 2005, Brussels, Belgium.
Álvarez, Inma and Garrido, Cecilia (2004). Teachers roles and training in intercultural education. In: CiLT Conference, Navigating the new landscape for languages, 30 June-1 July 2004 , London.
Beaven, Tita and Álvarez, Inma (2002). Developing intercultural competence for the knowledge society: The Open University, A buen puerto website. In: Setting the Agenda in Higher Education, CiLT, 24-26 June 2002, Manchester, UK.
Edited Book
Álvarez, Inma ; Pérez, Hector, J. and Pérez-Carreño, Francisca eds. (2010). Expression in the Performing Arts. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Journal Article
Beaven, Ana and Álvarez, Inma (2014). Non-formal drama training for in-service language teachers. Scenario: Journal for Drama and Theatre in Foreign and Second Language Education, VIII(1),
Alvarez, Inma ; Beaven, Tita and Comas-Quinn, Anna (2013). Performing languages: an example of integrating open practices in staff development for language teachers. Journal of e-Learning and Knowledge Society, 9(1), pp. 85–92.
Alvarez, Inma (2013). High aspirations: transforming dance students from print consumers to digital producers. Journal of Interactive Media in Education
Álvarez, Inma (2007). Foreign Language Education at the Crossroads: Whose Model of Competence? Language, Culture and Curriculum, 20(2), pp. 126–139.
Garrido, Cecilia and Álvarez, Inma (2006). Language teacher education for intercultural understanding. European Journal of Teacher Education, 29(2), pp. 163–179.
Beaven, Tita and Álvarez, Inma (2004). Translation skills for intercultural purposes: An on-line course for non-specialist learners of Spanish. Language, Culture and Curriculum, 17(2), pp. 97–108.