CRISTINA SABINA DE LA MAZA, phd
English teacher at a secondary education institution in Madrid. In 1994, she completed her BA in English at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM). Since then, she has participated in a wide range of formative initiatives on foreign language teaching and classroom implementation across Spain, UK (University of East Anglia, UEA), and Canada (Simon Fraser University, SFU), specifically designed to teachers. In 2013, she obtained her PhD at Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) with her dissertation Estrategias argumentativas en la publicidad de productos tabú. Estudio contrastivo. In 2015, she joins Lindolenex research group.
Cristina Sabino has developed her teaching career in several secondary education institutions in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Madrid. Moreover, she has collaborated and worked alongside with Federación de Trabajadores de Enseñanza FETE-UGT Madrid (Education Workers Union), as a member of Grupo de Bilingüismo (Bilingual Group). She currently teaches English in a high school in Las Rozas (Madrid), where she has also served as Associate Head of Studies. At this institution, she teaches different levels of English courses as well as the advanced courses integrated in the bilingual program set by Comunidad de Madrid.
Her research interest focuses on Applied Linguistics for English Teaching. Her work revolves around the analysis and reflection of different argumentative strategies and linguistic resources that are present in different kinds of discourses and texts in English, and how to implement them in the language classroom. Moreover, she investigates the links between Spanish and English from a pedagogical and teaching perspective through the comparison and contrast of both languages. Her research also includes the analysis of the development of thinking processes and their linguistic and discursive mechanisms in order to use them as a pedagogical tool. She is currently awaiting for the publication of her article "Argumentación y tabú en publicidad", RiLA, nº 1, 2015 (in press), co-authored with research member Daniela Ventura.