Staff profile

Hannah Valenzuela

Senior Lecturer in Education Studies

Hannah Valenzuela


Education Studies and SEND


College of Arts, Humanities and Education


Institute of Education


Derby Campus



Senior lecturer in Education Studies


Teaching responsibilities

I am a senior lecturer on the BA (Hons) Education Studies programme. I teach at all stages of the programme and am Module Leader for Sociology and Education, Linguistics for TESOL, Learning in Higher Education, and Principles & Practices of TESOL 2.

I am also a Stage 1 tutor for the academic year 2017/2018, and lead the TESOL pathway of the programme.

Professional interests

I am particularly interested in language in all its aspects: how it works, how we use it, how it is changing in today's world, and how we teach it in different contexts. As a corollary of this, I follow with interest debates around globalisation, including the globalisation of education and of language skills.


Research interests


Experience in industry

For twelve years I worked in TESOL, as a teacher and teacher trainer, in a variety of international contexts. During this time, I taught classes to adults and young learners, business English, and one-to-one specialist classes. I also developed and facilitated teacher training sessions and courses on methodology, as well as language skills.

In 2008, I moved back to England and began working as an MFL teacher in an inner-city secondary school. During this time, I taught languages to young people aged 11-18, as well as primary children through outreach programmes. I developed the Spanish curriculum within the schools and mentored trainee teachers. In addition, as a Specialist Leader of Education I facilitated external teacher training courses.