Esther Lecumberri

Senior Lecturer in Spanish

Professional Biography

Esther Lecumberri joined Regent’s University London in 1992. Since then, she has been teaching Spanish for business and general purposes at all levels, from beginners to final year students, both as a Visiting Lecturer and Part-Time Lecturer. Before coming to the UK she worked as Visiting Lecturer of Spanish at Rutgers University in the USA while she was studying for her Master. 

Her research interests are the use of mobile devices and the use of Learner Generated Digital Content in language learning and teaching. 

She works for the Chartered Institute of Linguists as a Spanish external examiner and assessor. She is also an examiner for the Spanish Chamber of Commerce.


  • MA in Spanish Studies, Rutgers University, USA, 1988
  • BA with Honours in Philology, University of Salamanca, Spain, 1985
  • Teaching Certificate (CAP), University of Salamanca, Spain, 1985
  • Diploma in Translation from English into Spanish, Institute of Linguists. London, 1991

Relevant Past Employment

  • 1992 - current, Senior Lecturer in Spanish, Regent's University London
  • 2016 - current, External Examiner and Assessor for the Chartered Institute of Linguists
  • 2002 - 2016, External Examiner for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • 1991 - 1995, Spanish Language Consultant for Usborne Publishing, London
  • 1990 - 1992, Spanish Lecturer, University of North London, London
  • 1990 - 1991, Spanish tutor, Instituto de España (current Cervantes Institute)
  • 1990 - 1991, Business Spanish Tutor, North East Surrey College of Technology, London
  • 1986 - 1990, Spanish Lecturer, Rutgers University, New Jersey (USA)


  • Lecumberri E & Pastor-Gonzalez V. (2020) 'Learner Generated Digital Content: from Posters to Videos to promote Content Acquisition in a Language Class' in Lallana A. et al (eds.) Five years of the ELE-UK conference: a selection of short papers from 2019.
  • Lecumberri, M. E. (2020). “Exploring the impact of mobile phones in my language classroom.” (pp. 46--47). In L Aliaga Salas & E. Ončevska Ager, (Eds.). Creating Quite Reflective Spaces: Language Teacher Research as Professional Development.  Faversham: IATEFL. 978-1-912588-27-5
  • Lecumberri, E. (2018). "Mobile phones in my language class: a cause for concern or a source of communication" in A. Slimani-Rolls and R Kiely (Eds), Exploratory Practice for Continuing Professional Development. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillam
  • Lecumberri, E. & Suárez, T. (2013). Simulación Global en el contexto de una clase de lengua y contenido, in Marcol ELE, n16, p 66-746
  • Language consultant (1991-1996). The Usborne Book of Everyday Words in Spanish, La Isla Fantástica  and The Usborne First Thousand Words in Spanish
  • Lecumberri, E. (1991). Breviario de amor de un halterófilo de Fernando Arrabal. Estreno: Cuadernos de Teatro Español Contemporáneo, 2: p 2-3
  • Lecumberri, E. (1990). La fundación de Buero Vallejo en Nueva Nueva York. Estreno: Cuadernos de Teatro Español Contemporáneo, I: p 2-3
  • Lecumberri, E. (1988). Siete miradas en un mismo paisaje de Esther Tusquet. ¿Una novela o siete cuentos? Hispanic Short Story. Monographic Review IV

Conference Papers Given

  • 2020, Lecumberri E. & Pastor-Gonzalez V. (2020) 'Learner Generated Digital Materials: Facilitating content acquisition in Modern Language Modules', Queen Mary University of London: The Language Centre Teaching and Learning Conference. Queen Mary University of London, 5 March 2020.
  • 2019, Student-generated digital content: the use of posters for scaffolding. Poster presentation. E-Learning Symposium. Southampton University, Southampton, 25 January 2
  • 2018, “Mobile phones in my language classroom: a cause for concern or a source of communication? (A case study based on EP). Poster Presentation. King’s College, London
  • 2016, “Integrating teaching and research: An Exploratory Practice (EP) example on the impact of mobile phones in Spanish lessons” VI ELE-UK Encuentro, University of Reading, UK
  • 2016, “Short films and Language Teaching and Learning” in A multimodal approach for the use of films and moving image media for teaching. Regent’s University London
  • 2015, Poster Presentation: “Why do students use their mobile phones in class in detriment of the negative impact it may have on their learning?” part of Empowering Learning and Teaching in the Classroom. Regent’s University London
  • 2012, “Simulación Global en el contexto de una clase de lengua y contenido” (in collaboration with T. Suárez) II Encuentro ELE-UK, Westminster University, London
  • 2011, “Practicas de colaboración y comunicación mediada por ordenador “ I Encuentro ELE-UK, Regent’s University London

Research Supervision

Esther has supervised a number of undergraduate dissertations in areas of business and management. 

Research Interests

Esther has been involved in studying the role of mobile devices in language teaching and learning and how to use them as collaborative pedagogical tools following her interest in digital literacies. 

She is currently exploring the use of Learner Generated Digital Content via Digital Poster, Videos and Podcasts in language teaching and learning.

Grants Awarded

Awarded funding from the Learning, Teaching and Research Committee at EBSL/Regent's University London for collaborative projects:

  • 2014 - 2016, Co-researcher of "Developing Language Teacher Research", a two-year collaborative research project for RILC staff guided by Dr Assia Rolls
  • 2004 - 2005, "Development of a research culture through the promotion of a better use of the Language Resources Centre (LRC)", A.  Rolls, V. Alfaro-Plaza, J Collins, E Lecumberri and M Rawson

Professional Affiliation(s)/Accreditation

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Member of ELE-UK, an Association of Spanish Teachers of Spanish in UK Higher Education
  • Member of the Films in Language Teaching Association (FILTA)
  • Member of the European Association for Language Testing and Assessment (EALTA)

Teaching & Course Development

  • Teaching Spanish, development of syllabus and design of materials for a wide range of courses from beginners to advanced students for business and general purposes
  • Contribution to the development of the curriculum for Spanish undergraduate modules
  • Teaching Global Perspectives


Esther has ample examining experience at UG level:

  • She is in charge of setting and marking of the exams of the modules she teaches
  • She is also a member of the panel for the Spanish Final Oral Presentation for Level 6 students
  • She currently holds the position of External Examiner at Keele University

She has designed, vetted and marked exams for the Business Spanish Qualifications by the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain.

In her role as external examiner and assessor for the Chartered Institute of Linguists in London she designs and conduct oral and written exams and assessments.