Imperial College London


Central FacultyCentre for Languages, Culture and Communication

Coordinator of Spanish



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S304Sherfield BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Iria joined Imperial College in 2009 after working in teaching and administration in a range of different higher education institutions in the UK and the USA (Northumbria University, Ursinus College, SSEES - UCL, Kingston University). She has also taught and coordinated Spanish courses at Princeton University, USA, from 2019 to 2021. She currently coordinates the Spanish provision at CLCC and is a Senior Teaching Fellow in the same Centre.

She is specially interested in finding ways to improve multimodal teaching practices and in understanding and developing students' engagement. Her research and daily practice focus on the design of teaching materials for specific purposes, in the application of technology to the classroom and in understanding language learning motivation, learner investment and perceptions of value. For her doctoral thesis, she developed a qualitative context-sensitive model to represent the value of foreign language learning for STEM students, highlighting the discursive tensions that impact learners’ perseverance and proposing value as analytical tool to expand the study of motivation and complement the notion of investment.

During her time at Princeton Iria was the recipient of one of the PCLS Summer Fellowships, alongside Dr. Gorka Bilbao Terreros, to design ConTextos, a language learning platform for advanced levels. She also participated in curricular redesign, adapting course materials to distanced teaching, co-designing and embedding a Zoom-mediated theatre initiative in an advanced language course in collaboration with Dr. Berta Alcalá del Río, and leading reflexive sessions for lecturers to guide curricular review. 

  • Education:

Doctorate in Education (EdD), King’s College London, UK. 

MPhil (B) in Medieval Studies, University of Birmingham, UK. Research Masters Dissertation focusing on the study of Late Medieval and Early Modern English travel literature.

CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults), International House, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

MA European Union Studies, Universidade da Coruña, Spain. MA Dissertation focusing on the development of undergraduate European exchanges at UdC.

BA English Studies. Universidade da Coruña, Spain.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

González Becerra I, Del Río Alcalá B, 2022, Lessons from a distanced stage: embedding a Zoom-mediated drama workshop in a language classroom, L2 Journal, Vol:14

Gonzalez-Becerra I, 2019, Language learning among STEM students: motivational profile and attitudes of undergraduates in a UK institution, Language Learning Journal, Vol:47, ISSN:0957-1736, Pages:385-401

González y Becerra I, 2011, Recursos multimedia para la creación de materiales de español científico-técnico, Marcoele : Revista De Didáctica, Vol:13, ISSN:1885-2211, Pages:50-62

Thesis Dissertations

Gonzalez-Becerra I, 2020, Something Good? the value of foreign language learning in a STEM context

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