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Lorena Salud Gadella Kamstra

Teaching Associate in Applied Linguistics, Faculty of Arts



Lorena Salud Gadella Kamstra (PhD, FHEA) was awarded Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy in July 2018. She has a PhD in English Language Teaching. The title of her doctoral thesis was "Analysis of EFL Teachers' (De)Motivation and Awareness in Spain". Her doctoral studies were funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). She has worked as an EFL Teacher Trainer and Language Teacher at the University of Essex in England, United Kingdom, since 2016. She is now a Teaching Associate at the University of Nottingham (part-time) but still works at the University of Essex as a Lecturer in Linguistics (part-time) where she coordinates MA programs involved in an international partnership. Her research interests are: teacher motivation and demotivation, reflective practices and teacher education.

Research Summary

My main research interests are in the field of language teaching, with particular reference to teachers and their motivation.

Recent Publications

Past Research

In past research, I examined EFL teacher motivation, demotivation, and motivational awareness and aimed to find some solutions to teacher demotivation in the context of Spain. In more recent publications, I explored teacher training, in reflective and inclusive teaching, as a way to respond to teacher demotivation. I have also written about research dilemmas and the importance of embracing and recognizing the challenges while doing research.

Future Research

I am currently exploring other areas related to teachers, such as teacher mindsets and pedagogy, and language teacher training in diverse contexts.

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