About us

Núria Gavaldà holds a BA in English (Universitat de Barcelona), a MA in Phonetics (University College London), a MA in Forensic Linguistics (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) and a PhD in Linguistic Communication and Multilingual Mediation (Universitat Pompeu Fabra). From 2014 until 2020 she was a part-time lecturer (professora associada) at the Department of English Philology at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, and she currently works at the Faculty of Education at Universidad Internacional de la Rioja (UNIR). She has coordinated the courses on English pronunciation for teachers organised by ICE-UAB, and is the creator of the Online Course in English pronunciation for Spanish and Catalan speakers. Her main research interests are L2 speech acquisition and forensic phonetics and linguistics, in particular, the study of individual variation in phonological processes in L1 speakers and in Spanish and Catalan speakers of English as L2. She has published in the fields of L2 speech and forensic phonetics and linguistics in national and international journals. More information here.
Juli Cebrian graduated in English Philology from the Universitat de Barcelona and holds an MA and a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Toronto, Canada. He is Associate Professor (professor agregat) at the department of English Philology at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in English phonetics and phonoloogy, oral skills and pronunciation, grammar, second language acquisition and research methods. He has also taught English for specific purposes at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya and linguistics courses at the University of Toronto. His research investigates the acquisition of the phonology of a second or foreign language by adult learners, and his interests extend to phonetics, bilingualism, psycholinguistics, ESL/EFL and the teaching of pronunciation. He has participated in a series of funded research projects on the acquisition of second language speech and experimental phonetics. His publications include numerous articles in international journals and specialized books, as well as a series of English practice books designed for Catalan/Spanish learners of English. More information here.
Celia Gorba graduated in English and Spanish Studies at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). She holds a Master’s degree in Advanced English Studies with a specialization in Multilingualism and Acquisition of English (UAB) and is currently finishing her PhD in English Philology at the same institution. Since 2017, she has been working as a full-time predoctoral trainee (personal investigador en formació) at the Department of English Philology (UAB), where she has taught English Phonetics and Phonology. Her main research interests focus on the acquisition of second language pronunciation and first language phonological attrition. She has published several articles on second language speech acquisition and has participated in a number of national and international conferences on phonetics and phonology and second language acquisition.