01 Gen 2022 09:00

Prof. Clara Ureña Tormo


  1. Please provide a brief outline of your training and scientific activity.

CLARA UREÑA TORMO is an assistant professor (profesora ayudante doctora) in the Department of Applied Linguistics at the Polytechnic University of Valencia. She develops her research as a member of the Grupo de Análisis de Lenguas de Especialidad (GALE) and teaches oral and written communication in academic, scientific and professional environments.

She obtained the international doctorate in co-supervision from the University of Alcalá in the Linguistic, Literary and Theater Studies program, and in Applied Linguistic Studies from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in 2019. Her doctoral thesis has received recognition from the Association for the Teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language, granting it the "ASELE-Routledge 2020 Doctoral Thesis Research Award", the first of its kind in the field of Spanish. Likewise, her doctoral research trajectory has been recognized with the "Extraordinary Doctorate Award 2019-2020" by the University of Alcalá.

Her main lines of research are applied linguistics, phraseology, language teaching and Spanish for specific purposes. On the one hand, she is interested in approaching idiomatic language and phraseology from multiple perspectives, paying attention both to its functioning and use in discourse and to its teaching-learning process. On the other hand, in recent years her activity has been directed towards specialized languages ​​and academic-professional communication.

She has participated in 14 national and international conferences and has collaborated as a guest speaker at two scientific meetings and three round tables. His research activity has given rise to nearly 30 publications on cognitive linguistics, phraseology, foreign language pedagogy, ​​and specialized languages.

  1. Please state your reasons for choosing Venice and the Department for your research and teaching stay.

The main reasons for my choice are:

  • Previously I collaborated with Prof. Elena Dal Maso in coordination on editorial projects, and I would like to reinforce our academic collaboration.
  • Ca'Foscari is among the 150 most prestigious universities in the world in the area of ​​modern languages ​​according to the QS World University Ranking by subject.
  • The DSLCC has the MIUR Seal of Excellence, for its work in recognizing linguistic and cultural diversity, as shown by the study plans of the degrees taught, which address up to 20 different languages ​​(including Spanish).
  • In addition, the members of the Department carry out a prolific research activity; they have numerous R&D projects granted; and regularly receive visiting professors from different universities around the world.
  1.  Have you ever had a research collaboration with the teaching staff of Department of Linguistics and Comparative Cultural Studies in the past?

As mentioned, I collaborated with Prof. Elena Dal Maso as a reviewer of the editorial project that she coordinated, entitled De aquí a Lima. Estudios fraseológicos del español de España e Hispanoamérica (col. VenPalabras, n. 3, 2020).




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