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Educating Students for Successful Independent Language Learning talk by Ana Griñón and María Blanco

Learning a foreign language up to a good level of proficiency requires many hours of independent learning, but most students are not trained to become effective independent learners. As a result, the process of learning is slower and more stressful than it needs to be.

SMART Ways for Learning SPANISH addresses this gap in language learner education. Through inspirational stories, ideas, and simple steps, readers can acquire the tools they need to take control and manage their independent language learning.

They will also learn about core principles for effective language learning, key strategies for vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar, and guidelines for selecting appropriate materials.

As part of this book launch, Ana Griñón and María Blanco will discuss the overall structure and content of the book, the language learning challenges it addresses and students’ feedback.

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About the speakers

Ana GrinonAna Griñón holds an MA in Applied Linguistics and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Alcalá de Henares (Madrid).

Her work focuses on developing cognitive and metacognitive strategies in foreign language students. She has been teaching English for over 15 years, and since 2013 she has worked as a Head Teacher for the Spanish Language and Culture ALCE programme in London, offering Spanish classes to Spanish nationals or descendants of Spanish nationals, based on a whole curriculum plan developed by the Spanish Ministry of Education.

She is responsible for supporting, inspiring and leading the ALCE teachers in their careers.

Maria BlancoMaría Blanco is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Westminster, where she has been coordinating the Spanish Open Language Programme and conducting research on language learning strategies since 2002. She is also the founder of SMART Learning for Spanish.

Her new book, SMART Ways for Learning SPANISH, is informed by more than 20 years of teaching experience of Spanish as a foreign language in UK Higher and Further Education institutions, and by research from the fields of applied linguistics and cognitive psychology.