Carlos Soler Montes

Lecturer

  • Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
  • Department of European Languages and Cultures
  • School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

Contact details

Address

Street

Room 3.20

City
50 George Square
Post code
Edinburgh, EH8 9LH

Availability

  • Office hours for students: Tuesdays from 9 to 11 am or by appointment.

Background

Dr Carlos Soler Montes is a Lecturer at the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures where he  teaches Hispanic Linguistics and advanced Spanish Language courses.  He started working at The University of Edinburgh in 2015 as a Teaching Fellow and e-Learning Coordinator for the Department of European Languages and Cultures.  As a trained specialist in Language Education,  he has developed and directed numerous academic projects in collaboration with various educational institutions in the United Kingdom, Spain, Canada, Mexico and the United States.

Studying the Spanish language in Spain and Latin America has always been his passion and a source of inspiration. As a researcher, Carlos is particularly interested in the area of language variation from a pan-Hispanic and pluricentric perspective and how this variation can be dealt with by native speakers, as well as learners of Spanish and new speakers of the language. This is reflected in his research trajectory in Hispanic Linguistics as he has examined the ways in which Spanish grammar varies across different Hispanic regions, its particularities, cultural connections and social contacts with other languages.

Carlos is very committed to teaching. He has obtained a thorough training in language pedagogy and has worked as a Spanish language teacher throughout his career, teaching Spanish Language courses and Spanish Linguistics at The University of Connecticut, The University of Calgary and The University of New Mexico. Prior to joining The University of Edinburgh, he also worked for ten years at Instituto Cervantes (the Spanish National Cultural Institute) as academic coordinator, curriculum specialist, teacher trainer and quality evaluator. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Carlos is the winner of the 2017 Edinburgh University Students' Association Teaching Award for Best Feedback.

CV

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Qualifications

  • PhD in Applied Linguistics, Universidad Antonio de Nebrija, Spain.
  • Advanced Studies Postgraduate Diploma in Hispanic Linguistics, UNED, Spain.
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Language and Literature Teaching, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain.
  • Master of Arts in Hispanic Literatures, The University of Connecticut, USA.
  • Undergraduate Degree in Spanish Philology, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain.

Responsibilities & affiliations

  • School Representative for the University Council of Modern Languages (UCML).
  • Treasurer, UK Association for the Teaching of Spanish in Higher and Further Education (ELE-UK).
  • Excutive Committee Member (ex officio), The International Association for the Study of Spanish in Society (SIS).
  • External Examiner, Spanish BA Programme, University of Bristol.
  • External Examiner, Spanish Language Programme, The Open University.

Undergraduate teaching

Course Organiser:

  • Hispanic Linguistics. 
  • Spanish Year Abroad online language learning course.

  • Spanish Language 2.
  • Literatures and Cultures of the Spanish-speaking World 2. 

Teaching:

Academic year 2018/2019 - Semester 1:

  • Hispanic Linguistics.
  • Spanish 4. Language Paper 1. Group 3.
  • Spanish 4. Grammar class.
  • Spanish Language 2. Written Language. Group 7.
  • Spanish 1B. History of Spanish Language Unit (Weeks 2-5). 

Academic year 2018/2019 - Semester 2:

  • Spanish 4. Language Paper 1. Group 3 and 5. 
  • Spanish 4. Grammar class.
  • Spanish Language 2. Written Language. Group 7.
  • Spanish 1A. Literature Lecture. (Weeks 1-6).

Postgraduate teaching

MSc in Applied Linguistics.

School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences.

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?

Yes

Research summary

Carlos' scholarly interests reside at the intersection of Applied Linguistics and Language Education. His publications are related to the fields of Sociolinguistics, Applied Linguistics and Second Language Pedagogy, with a particular emphasis on Language Variation, Second Language Acquisition, Language Contact and Social Bilingualism.

Since his research area reflects upon the limits of Spanish language norm, the different regional uses and how they manifest and vary,  he has always been interested in investigating the role of language acquisition and learning in processes of language change too. In some of his publications Carlos explains how the recognition of Spanish geographical features gives significant clues to a deeper understanding of the language and its characteristics from the language student perspective.

The study Carlos conducted for his PhD focused on the potential of the description and systematisation of significant varying linguistic patterns of Spanish across the Atlantic, its implications within the Spanish native language use and its applications towards the full development of Spanish students’ second language sociolinguistic and communicative competence. Part of this work has already led to various research outcomes: a book chapter recently published by Peter Lang and a forthcoming monograph volume commissioned by a Spanish University Press.

Using the latest online instructional software and technologies has always been an ongoing professional commitment and a research interest too. Carlos has had the opportunity to design and develop innovative resources in different digital formats and lead research projects to provide Spanish language students with access to all kinds of learning possibilities.

Current research interests

Carlos is presently working on a project that explores current grammatical variation phenomena in the Spanish-speaking World entitled 'Fundamentos para la enseñanza de la variación gramatical del español'. The grammar of the Spanish language is highly complex and so far defies definitive or exhaustive treatment. For this project Carlos is carrying out a detailed analysis of the verbal system use in different varieties of Spanish from data and evidence found in corpus-based narratives of educated speakers from various cities of Spain and Latin America. In previous research he has noted how the verbal system in Spanish significantly differs from region to region. These are major grammaticalization processes, as he has been able to confirm in the case of the past tenses in Central Spain and the Andean countries.

Affiliated research centres

Research activities

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Project activity

Political past. Temporal and spatial dimensions of the grammar used in Latin American political discourse, with Consuelo Thiers Huerta, The University of Edinburgh. 

There are many ways to do research on language. Language can be analysed from the inside, following linguistic theories, focusing on the internal typology of structures or the relations between words, sentences, paragraphs; but also, from the outside, interpreting the impact that language may have in the society, throughout the history, how it is used by specific individuals to communicate a message, etc. In this project we intend to convey both perspectives thanks to an interdisciplinary team work where a political psychologist and a linguist will observe together stylistic and linguistic strategies that Latin American presidents use in their public addresses orally.

Current project grants

Santander ‘Kick-start’ Research Fund (2018/2019): Centre for Contemporary Latin American Studies, The University of Edinburgh. 
This funding is aimed to assist and promote researchers across the University in developing collaborative and interdisciplinary research on contemporary Latin American studies, as well as to generate opportunities for engaging post-graduate students and early career researchers. The Santander funding scheme is aimed to the allocation of seed funding to collaborative and interdisciplinary project proposals, which demonstrate to be able to ‘kick-start’ and promote the development of further research.

Past project grants

UK - Mexico Visiting Chair Mobility Grant (2016/2017): Universidad de Guadalajara.
In an effort to increase research collaboration and strengthen relations between HEI's in Mexico and the United Kingdom, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed in November 2015 to establish the UK-MX Visiting Chair. The MoU was signed during the dual year of the UK in Mexico and Mexico in the UK. The Visiting Chair provides successful applicants with mobility funding for a research visit of up to two weeks to visit a new potential collaborator in Mexico.

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