Nuria Ballesteros Soria

Lecturer of Spanish
New Cabell Hall 417
Office Hours:
Tuesday & Thursday 3:30pm-4:30pm and by appt


M.A., Teaching Spanish as a Second Language, Menéndez Pelayo International University (UIMP), Santander, Spain (2016-present)

M.A., TESOL and Linguistics, WVU, Morgantown, WV. (2016)

University Teaching Certificate – WVU, Morgantown, WV. (2016)

B.A. in Translation and Interpreting – Universidad de Valladolid (UVa), Soria, Spain (2014)

  • Coursework focused on Legal and Business Translation (EN, DE, ES). Sworn EN-ES Translator and Interpreter appointed by the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (No. 9944).

Study Abroad –  Fachhochschule Köln, Cologne, Germany (2011-2012)

Research Interests

  • Second language acquisition
  • teaching innovation
  • idiomatic language
  • pragmatics
  • social media
  • peer feedback
  • holistic assessment
  • student motivation


ELE USAL Mallorca (Spain)

  • Spanish language and culture courses for children (elementary, intermediate, and advanced)
  • Spanish language and culture courses for adults (elementary, intermediate, and advanced)
  • Preparation courses for official exams on the Spanish language and culture
  • Conversation courses
  • Spanish teacher training courses

West Virginia University

  • SPAN 101 (Elementary)
  • SPAN 102 (Intermediate)
  • SPAN 203 (Upper-intermediate)

Goldenberg Berufskolleg (Germany)

  • Elementary Spanish through cooking

Gymnasiums Rodenkirchen (Germany)

  • Elementary Spanish through music

Selected Presentations

“Liderazgo transformacional: una experiencia colaborativa de formación-acción en equipos de trabajo.” V Jornada de Innovación Docente de la UVa: Los Universos Docentes, UVa, Valladolid, Spain. April 2016.

“Pragmatic Competence: Techniques to Promote Authentic Language Use in ESL Contexts.” WVTESOL 19th Annual Spring Conference, INTO Marshall University, Huntington, WV. March 2016.

"Building Students' Self-confidence and Creativity through Music, Video, and ICT.” WVFLTA Conference, West Virginia State University, Institute, WV. October 2015.

“Video Production: A Powerful Framework to Engage Students in L2 Learning.” WVTESOL 18th Annual Spring Conference, Marshall University, South Charleston, WV. April 2015.

"Multilingualism, a Linguistic and Cultural Treasure for the 21st Century.” 14th Annual Graduate Research Symposium, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. March 2015.

"Vocabulario: La tecnología y las comidas.” Sabor Hispano: Fin de Semana de Inmersión 2015. American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, Morgantown, WV. March 2015.

“Coaching Prospective Translators and Interpreters through Training-Action Methodology: a Case Study at the University of Valladolid, Spain.” II Seminario Internacional Traducción y Humanismo. La Traducción y los Sentidos, Soria, Spain. July 2014.

“Actuar para aprender, aprender para actuar: una experiencia colaborativa de formación-acción en equipos de trabajo.” V Jornada de Innovación Docente de la UVa: Innovar para crecer, crecer para innovar, UVa, Valladolid, Spain. December 2013.

Grants & Awards

Nomination for Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant (WVU) (2016)
Student ambassador scholarship (University of Valladolid) (2016)
Robert J. Elkins Development Fellowships (WVU) (2015)
Premio Extraordinario de Licenciatura. Valedictorian excellence grant (University of Valladolid) (2014)
Research scholarship at the Department of English Studies at the University of Valladolid (Spanish Ministry of Education and Science) (2013-2014)
Study abroad scholarship (German Academic Exchange Service) (2013)
Fellowship at the Office of International Students (University of Valladolid) (2012-2013)
Intercultural communication – Summer School Scholarship (Fachhochschule Köln) (2012)