About

kieran-donaghy-close-up-colour-webI’m a university teacher, teacher trainer and materials writer with over 25 years’ experience in English language teaching.
I’m originally from Birmingham, England. After finishing my studies at the University of Nottingham and getting my teaching certificate I began my language teaching career. Throughout my career I have kept up with the latest developments in the field of language teaching. I hold an M.A.Ed. in English Language Teaching from Rovira i Virgili University, Tarragona,  and an M.A . in Business Communication from Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona.

My experience includes teaching, teacher training and academic management posts in the UK, Italy, Portugal and Spain. My special interests include the use of images, film and video in ELT, extensive watching, creativity, empathy, values, older learners, and vocabulary learning.

I have published extensively in the field of language teaching and my publications include Films in Health Sciences Education (University of Barcelona), How to Write Activities for Film and Video (ELT Teacher2Writer), and the methodology book on the use of film in language teaching Film in Action (DELTA Publishing) which was shortlisted for an English Speaking Union award in 2016.

My resource website on the use of film for teachers and students of English, Film English,  has won a British Council ELTons Award for Innovation in Teacher Resources, and the most prestigious European media in education prize, the MEDEA Award and an English Speaking Union Award.

I am the founder of the only conference exclusively on the use of images in language teaching, The Image Conference and the co-founder with Anna Whitcher of the Visual Arts Circle, a community of professional practice for language education professionals interested in the use of the visual arts in language education. I  belong to the Manchester Metropolitan University Film Language and Media in Education Research Group. I am the Barcelona Area Co-ordinator for TESOL-Spain. I am also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA).

I currently work as a university teacher and trainer at UAB Languages Autonomous University of Barcelona, and freelance writer, teacher trainer and international conference speaker.

I have been based in the beautiful city of Barcelona since 1996 and live with my wife, Noemí, and our two daughters, Rosa and Aina.

Here’s a short video about myself and my work.