Head of School/Department
Hélène Conway, L -és Lettres, H.Dip. Ed, M.Phil, is Head of the School of Languages at the Dublin Institute of Technology. She is a guest lecturer at the University of Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris 1 where she gives seminars in intercultural communication. She is a graduate of the University of Lyon II and has an M.Phil from Trinity College Dublin. Her research interests include second language acquisition, lexical acquisition, ICT, and more recently intercultural communication. She has an active involvement in curriculum development and is currently working on the design of a European Masters in Intercultural Communication. She has developed modules in Intercultural Communication for two Master's programmes and has given a series of seminars in Ireland and abroad on this topic. She established a number of Erasmus exchange programmes for her undergraduate students. She has been co-organiser for five major conferences namely "Is English enough?", "Moving on", "Aperturas" and "Le français en Irlande: pour un nouveau dynamisme", "Cultural Diversity, Media and the Creative Arts".
María-José González, Licenciada Filología, M.Phil Applied Linguistics Trinity College Dublin, is Assistant Head (acting) of the School of Languages at the Dublin Institute of Technology. She lectures in Spanish in the International Business and Languages Degree at DIT. She played a key role in the development and implementation of the Postgraduate Diploma in Spanish for Post-Primary School teachers. Her research interests include second language acquisition and in particular the role of feedback and error identification in improving language competence.
She has a keen interest in the use of new technologies in the teaching of Spanish and she received the European Label Award in 2003 for her project: A Virtual Place for the Spanish Class.
She has been invited to teach in University College Cork and to address the Annual General Meeting of the Spanish Teachers Association.
She is the academic coordinator for the Erasmus exchanges to Spain for DT557 International Business and Spanish. She has successfully expanded the number of links with Spanish universities.