Esther Mediero Durán

Esther Mediero Durán

Post Graduate Researcher

I am passionate about language learning. As an adolescent, I realised languages helped me develop a more flexible mind and attitude towards other views of the world. What is more important, speaking a foreign language pushed my otherwise limited perspective and allowed to explore new boundaries. The path to becoming a legal translator taught me the beauty of language and soft skills which allowed me to face the real world challenges.

During my career as a teacher, I have worked and learnt about educational systems in USA, UK, France and Spain in varied educational contexts for adults (tertiary and higher education), teenagers and children.

I have experience in curriculum design of new subjects at higher education and as a debate coach for MEP (Model of European Parliament). I have a good eye for detail and strive for excellence. I have acted as an external assessor in official selection of candidates.

I am currently researching the influence of the educational setting on second language learning and in particular how interfaces (semantic, syntactic and discourse) are acquired.

Responsibilities within the university

Bilingualism and second language acquisition have attracted the interest of comparative and generative linguists who study how learners acquire different syntactic alignments (e.g. agreement, case marking, word order) in their mother tongue and the target language (Liceras and Diaz 1999; Buring 1997; Zubizarreta 1998). The difference in flexibility of word orders in English and Spanish is an area of difficulty for L2ers of English but has not been sufficiently explored in the literature (Rutherford, 1989). I will analyse the acquisition of word order: an interface phenomenon governed by focus, information structure and the transitivity pattern of the verb in different educational settings.

Supervisory team includes:

Dr Maria J. Arche
Prof. Cristina Sánchez

Awards

CAROLE Scholarship

Recent publications

Mediero Durán, M.ª Esther. 2021. “To Be or Not to Be Bilingual, That is the Question”. Poster presentation at ENROPE Online Study Phase #3. Online Symposium by University of Siegen and co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

Mediero Durán, M.ª Esther, Arboleda Guirao, Inmaculada de Jesús. 2013. "148 – Les matériels audiovisuels dans l'apprentissage d'une langue étrangère et le rôle prépondérant des étudiants et des professeurs." Actes du Congrès AREF (Actualité de la Recherche en Éducation et en Formation). Université de Montpellier.

Mediero Durán, M.ª Esther, Arboleda Guirao, Inmaculada de Jesús. 2013. Alison, una figura femenina controvertida. Prólogo de la esposa de Bath en los cuentos de Canterbury, de Geoffrey Chaucer. Cartaphilus 11 (2013), 8-15. Revista de Investigación y Crítica Estética. ISSN: 1887-5238.

M.ª Esther Mediero Durán, Inmaculada de Jesús Arboleda Guirao. 2012. Criterios cualitativos en un corpus de especialidad: "El seguro marítimo". Propuesta terminológica. Estudios de lingüística: investigaciones, propuestas y aplicaciones.
Tecnolingüística: Universitat de València. 623-634 ISBN: 84-695-7663-1.

Mediero Durán, M. Esther, Robles Baena, Ainhoa. 2012. "Exploring the Errors made by EFL Students at University Level". Research challenges for anglophone studies in the 21st century. Colección Aquilafuente. Universidad de Salamanca. 63-75. ISBN: 978-84-9012-174-0.

MacDonald, Penny, Susana Murcia, Maria Boquera, Ana Botella, Laura Cardona, Rebeca García, Esther Mediero, Michael O'Donnell, Ainhoa Robles and Keith Stuart (2011) Error Coding in the TREACLE Project. In Carrió Pastor, M. L. y Candel Mora, M. A. Las tecnologías de la información y las comunicaciones: Presente y futuro en el análisis de córpora. Actas del III Congreso Internacional de Lingüística de Corpus. Valencia: Universitat Politècnica de València; pp. 725-740. ISBN: 978-84-694-6225-6.

http://www.uam.es/proyectosinv/treacle/Publications/MacDonaldetal-Error.pdf