Pilar Terán leads the Spanish language programme at the University of Brighton.
Her research interests are in the evolving theories of teaching and learning with a special focus on self and peer assessment in language acquisition, and the role of new technologies in acquiring intercultural communicative competence. She is also interested in researching the role that language learning plays in internationalisation of the curriculum in higher education.
Pilar Terán is pathway leader and a senior lecturer for Spanish language and culture. She also teaches an undergraduate module on Intercultural Communication.
She has a BA degree in Philosophy and Arts specialising in Medieval History from the University of Cantabria. She lived in London where, after completing the RSA Diploma in Teaching of Community Languages, she started developing her career teaching Spanish language in higher and adult education and in the commercial sector. In 1993 she moved to Brighton to work as a Tutorial Fellow at the Language Centre of University of Sussex for five years and then to the University of Brighton.
Her areas of interest are student learning research, intercultural communicative competence, and new educational technologies. Her research activity is also focus on the field of Intercultural Communication and on internationalisation of the curriculum.
Pilar Terán's interests in the evolving theories of teaching and in student learning research have been a constant motivator in her career with special focus on self and peer assessment and good feedback practice in language acquisition.
She is equally interested in applying innovative pedagogical frameworks to her work with the help of new technologies such as interactive digital and social media. The application of these technologies has made possible international online exchanges between language students at University of Brighton, the Business School of the University of Budapest and the University of León in Spain. The aim being to help students to acquire intercultural communicative competence.
Co-author of the resource pack Strategic Enhancement Programme: Internationalising the curriculum toolkit –published on the HEA website.
2014 - 2015
Collaborated in a University of Brighton’s project funded by the Higher Education Academy to create a toolkit on internationalisation of the curriculum to be disseminated nationally in higher education.
2012 - 2013
Researched and designed a new undergraduate module on Intercultural Communication.
2008 - 2009
2006 - 2007
Work and research activity prior to 2000
Grimwood, Marita, Dunford, Mark, Teran, Pilar and Muir, Nita (2015) Promoting Intercultural Engagement: Developing a Toolkit for Staff and Students in Higher Education Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice, 3 (3). pp. 41-45. ISSN 2051-9788