Dr Darío Luis Banegas

Lecturer in Language Education


I joined Moray House School of Education and Sport in October 2021 as Lecturer in Language Education and Deputy Director of Postgraduate Research. I am originally from Argentina, where I worked as a secondary school teacher, programme coordinator, lecturer, research coordinator, and curriculum developer for the Ministry of Education of Chubut between 2001 and 2019. Since 2001 I have been actively part of teacher associations in Latin America and the UK. 

My current research and teaching interests are: CLIL, language teacher education and curriculum, action research, and social justice. 

I belong to the Language, Interculturality, and Literacies Research Hub within the School.


PhD in Applied Linguistics (University of Warwick, 2013)

MA in ELT (University of Warwick, 2009)

BA in English (Universidad Nacional del Litoral, 2007)

BEd in ELT (with QTS) (Instituto Sedes Sapientiae, 2000)

Responsibilities & affiliations

Associate fellow (Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick)

Postgraduate teaching

I am involved in the following modules: Second Language Teaching Curriculum (course leader), Research Methods, TESOL Methodology, and Language & The Learner.

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

Topics of interest: CLIL, curriculum development, materials development, TESOL approaches and methods, initial language teacher education.

Current PhD students supervised

As from 2022

Fumika Koshiba: L2 teacher motivation & teacher strategies for motivating learners.

Huixin Wang: L2 teacher motivation & direct motivational currents.

Qianyu Yang: Multilingual identity & L2 writing proficiency.

Yupei Wei: Fairy tales & intercultural awareness in L2 education.

Past PhD students supervised

Sandra Cabrera Arias, language learning with higher education students  in informal settings, Universidad Nacional de La Plata.

Guillermo Pacheco, language education using flipped learning, Universidad Nacional de La Plata.

Joshua Simpson, sexuality in youth fiction and UK education, University of Strathclyde.

Research summary

  • CLIL: materials, identity, motivation, teacher education, curriculum development. 
  • Initial language teacher education: curriculum design, role of linguistics in teacher preparation, effect of different modules on future teacher identity, agency, and professionalism. 
  • Action research.
  • Inclusive language education: gender and sexual diversity in language teaching and learning.

Knowledge exchange

  • Founding editor (2013-2019) of the Argentinian Journal of Applied Linguistics.
  • Member of the editorial board of: ELT Journal (2014-2017), ELTED Journal, TESOL Journal, LACLIL Journal, and Profile Journal.
  • Reviewer of manuscripts for: Modern Language Journal, TESOL Quarterly, English Teaching: Practice and Critique, International Journal of Multicultural Education, Revista Signos, Journal of Curriculum Studies, Applied Linguistics, Language Learning Journal, Language Teaching Research, Journal of Assisted Computer Learning, ELT Journal, International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, Computers & Education, Innovation in Language Teaching and Learning, Porta Linguarum, Teaching and Teacher Education, RELC Journal, Computer Assisted Language Learning, Frontiers in Psychology.

Research activities

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Project activity

Current projects:

- Writing for publication among TESOL professionals in South America.

Current project grants

Spencer Foundation grant, 2022-2024. Project title: "From social justice talk to social justice practice through collaborative action research: A pilot study on L2 materials development."

Past project grants

English Language Teaching Research Award (ELTRA), British Council 2020-2022. Project title: "Preparing future teachers for CLIL: An in-depth investigation of three cases."

View all 65 publications on Research Explorer

Conference details

Recent keynotes & paper presentations

  • AAAL Annual Conference, 18-21 March 2023, Portland, USA. Colloquium organisation: "Queer literacies in/for teacher education: Strengthening allyships"
  • CIILEX23 Conference, 16-17 March 2023, Mar del Plata, Argentina. Plenary: "De trípticos y cuadrípticos: Los profesores como expertos en la enseñanza de lenguas [Of triptychs and quadriptychs: Teachers as language teaching experts]"
  • RELC Conference, 13-15 March 2023. Singapore. Keynote speech: "What is the Language Triptych and how can it be a pedagogical and professional development tool?"
  • CyTEA Conference, 12-13 November 2022, Limassol, Cyprus. Keynote speech: "How can we translate transversal competencies into sustainable pedagogical possibilities in ELT?"
  • World CLIL Conference, 6-8 July 2022, The Hague, The Netherlands. Paper 1: “Preparing future teachers for different CLIL models: An in-depth investigation of three cases. Paper 2: “CLIL teacher educator and CLIL researcher collaboration: Impact on knowledge production and professional identity.” 
  • TESOL 2022 Convention,  22-25 March, 2022, Pittsburgh, USA. Talk: "Ethical issues in action research: Whose research is it?"
  • SOLIFIC & CLER Seminar Series, 2 March, 2022, Sophia University, Tokyo. Talk: "Moving from theory to practice in CLIL in higher education."
  • I BUAP International Series of Webinars of Educational Research, February-March 2022, Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla, Mexico. Talk: "CLIL in the secondary school classroom: Effects on language development, motivation, and deeper learning." 
  • International Symposium: EFL Teaching and Research in Latin America, 26-27 January, 2022, Universidad de Cuenca, Ecuador. Plenary talk: "Critical thinking and TESOL: A world of possibilities." (online)
  • 3rd UNAE Conference, 24-25 November, 2021, Ecuador. Plenary talk: "Action research in English language education." 
  • 8th international ELT conference "Trends and Issues in CLIL and ELT”, October 28-29 2021, University of Tartu, Estonia. Plenary talk: “Towards inclusive pedagogy in ELT: Why? How?”
  • British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL) 2021 Conference, 9-10 September 2021, online. Paper presentations: (1) “Inclusive language in Spanish: An opportunity to highlight the value of applied linguistic in the educational system”. (2) “Motivation to learn heritage languages: The case of Welsh in Argentine Patagonia”.
  • 54th International IATEFL Conference, 19-21 June, 2021, online. Paper presentation: “CLIL in Latin America: What can we learn from it?
  • Coloquio Internacional sobre Investigación en Lenguas Extranjeras, 3-5 June, 2021, online. Paper presentation: “L2 teenage writers: An action research study on motivation, engagement, and language development.”
  • TESOL Colombia Online Conference, 27-29 May 2021, Colombia. Panel participation.
  • 3rd Congress on the Didactics of English, 11 February 2021, Ecuador. Plenary talk: “Our own cultures and local spaces as points of departure in ELT”
  • Online seminar on CLIL, 29 January 2021. Mother Tongue-based Multilingual Education, Ministry of Education, The Philippines.
  • 2nd International Conference (online) on Multidisciplinary Innovation and Research Challenges in Social Sciences, Islamabad, Pakistan, 17-18 December, 2020. Plenary talk: “Examining teacher educators’ funds of professional knowledge.”
  • 4th UICELL International Conference (virtual) on ELT & CALL, Jakarta, Pakistan, 17-17 December, 2020. Plenary talk: “Preparing future teachers online: Experiences, challenges, and opportunities.”
  • IATEFL Young Learners SIG Web Conference, 28-30 November, 2020. Talk: “Supporting early career teachers to include a gender perspective in secondary ELT.”
  • MEXTESOL 2020 Virtual Conference, 23-24 October, 2020. Panel: “What’s research got to do with me.”
  • 55th ASOCOPI Conference, Colombia, 7-10 October, 2020 (online). Plenary talk: “Now, I can talk about South America…in English.”