Alicia Fernández Barrera

I am currently a PhD student at the Department of Modern Philology (English Studies) at the University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM), where I have also been an adjunct instructor for two years. My research interests include bi/multilingual education, sociolinguistic ethnography, language ideologies, language policies and the social (re)construction of bilingualism and bilingual identity through discourse and interaction practices. My PhD thesis examines the relationship between bilingualism, language ideologies and language policies in educational CLIL contexts. From a sociolinguistic ethnography approach, this project aims to identify and analyse bi/multilingual programmes implemented in La Mancha’s schools, as well as the social construction of bilingualism and language ideologies that merge through discourse and social interactions. I hold a MA in Arts and Humanities Research (“Bilingualism and Identity in Quebec”), a MA in Teacher Training (Secondary Education in English) and a BA in English Studies from the UCLM. I have been awarded a Research Fellowship by the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport (2015-2018) to carry out my research and write my PhD thesis.