Researchers

Montse Irun Chavarria

Montse Irun Chavarria got a degree in English Philology at the University of Barcelona in 1985 and a master degree in teaching and learning English at the University Autònoma of Barcelona in 1994. Since 1985 she has been a secondary school teacher for the Catalan Education Department and a senior teacher since 2008. In 1995 she became a teacher at the English Department in the University of Lleida, where she teaches English Language, Applied Linguistics, and English Language Learning. Her research focuses on EFL learning and evaluating and CLIL methodology. More specifically she is into Project based learning in EFL and in content learning (CLIL), language and communication reflection and the Integration of languages as a learning strategy, and intercultural communicative competence.

She is part of the teacher training staff in the Departament d’Ensenyament de la Generalitat de Catalunya where she has developed programmes such as the introduction of the Education Reform in 1992, oral language, reflective practice, evaluation, and project based learning.

She has been the English vice-coordinator for the University Entrance Exam since 1999. She is the author of several textbooks to teach English, more than 40 articles in magazines and specialised books and contributes regularly in conferences in Catalonia and Spain.

Montse Irun’s research interests are Content and Language Integrated Learning, Project-based learning, Language Integrated Treatment and Competence-based Assessment.

  • Del Arco, I & Irun, M. (2013) Diseño y desarrollo curricular. La planificación Educativa  ISBN 978-84-695-8789-1
  • Del Arco, I & Irun, M. (2013) Disseny i desenvolupament Curricular. La planificació Educativa  ISBN 978-84-695-8788-1
  • Irun, M. & Vidal, A. (2011)  “Silenci, rodant lipdub!” GUIX 375 Juny 2011, pp 77-80  ISSN 0213 – 8581
  • Cots, J.M., A. Ibarraran, M. Irun, D. Lasagabaster, E. Llurda, and J. M. Sierra (2010). Plurilingüismo e interculturalidad en la escuela: reflexiones y propuestas didácticas. Barcelona: Horsori.
  • Irun, M. (2010) Food for Talk Speaking activities for Batxillerat (2010) Edicions de la Universitat de Lleida ISBN 978-84-8409-314-5
  • Irun, M. (Co) (2010) Food for Talk Speaking activities for Batxillerat Edicions de la Universitat de Lleida ISBN 978-84-8409-314-5
  • Irun, M. (2008) Teacher’s Resource Book Definitions 1 Macmillan ISBN 978-0-2300-2110-5
  • Irun, M. (2008) Teacher’s Resource Book Definitions 2. Macmillan ISBN 978-0-2300-2129-7
  • Irun, M. (2007) Article “Teaching for the University Entrance Exam” a Macmillan English Language Teaching Magazine maig 2007.
  • Irun, M. (2006) “Aprendre llengües estrangeres avui” a Ataraxia, Lleida 2006. pàgina 23.
  • Irun, M. (2006) “Raising Awareness of Pragmatics in the FL Classroom: A Proposal.” a “Culture, Language and Representation”. Cultural Studies Journal of Universitat Jaume I. ISSN 1697-7750. Vol III / 2006, pp 133-144.
  • Irun, M (2006) “La Reflexió sobre la llengua i la comunicació en l’aprenentatge de llengües” APAC – Issue  56 – January 2006, pp 56- 60 ISSN 1137 – 1528
  • Irun, M (2006) “Tasques a l’aula de llengua estrangera” a NUSSBAUM, L. & UNAMUNO, V. (2006) Usos i competències multilingües entre escolars d’origen immigrant. Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Servei de Publicacions. Bellaterra. ISBN 84-490-2431-5. PÀG 163-166.
  • Irun, M. & Soler, S (2006) Article “Els valors en una formació reflexiva del professorat de llengües estrangeres.” Guix 323, març 2006, pp.21-25. ISSN 0213-8581.
  • Irun, M. (2005) “Doing, reflecting, learning” a English Teaching Professional Issue 40 September 2005, pp.20. ISSN 1362-5276
  • Irun. M (2005) “Language Awareness in the Secondary Schools in Lleida: Curricular and Teaching Aspects” Proceedings de AESLA, València Abril 2004.
  • Irun, M (2004)  United II Teacher’s Resource Pack Ed Heinemann Iberia. ISBN 0 333 95622 2
  • Irun, M (2004) United I Teacher’s Resource Pack Ed Heinemann Iberia. ISBN 0 333 95621
  • 4 Irun, M. (2004) “Re-writing and its pedagogical value: a case study” a Sintagma, 16. Universitat de Lleida, 2004 25-42 ISSN 0214 – 9141
  • Irun, M. (2004) “Travel Broadens your Mind: Universities in Great Britain and The States” The Macmillan Magazine, n 4 Autumn term , 2004, pages 4-5. ISSN 1137-1080
  • Baiget, E. & Irun, M. (2003) “Make your body speak in English! a APAC of News, 2003, pages 26-36
  • Baiget, E. & Irun, M. (2003) “Shop till you drop! Introducing Contrastive Pragmatics in the EFL Classroom”. a APAC of News, 2003, pages 13-24
  • Irun, M (2002) “La reflexión metalingüística en el enfoque por tareas” (pp. 101 – 119) a COTS, J. M. & NUSSBAUM, L. (Ed.) (2002) Pensar lo dicho. La reflexión sobre la lengua y la comunicación en el parendizaje de lenguas. Editorial Milenium. ISBN 48-9743-056-5
  • Irun, M. (2001) “Task-based Teaching and Explicit Reflection upon language: A Contradiction in Term?” a Lasagabaster, D. I Sierra, J.M. (eds.) (2001) Language Awareness in the Foreign Language Classroom. Servicio Editorial Universidad del País Vasco. Gipuzkoa. ISBN: 84-8373-407-9 Pp 139 – 155.
  • Baiget, E, Cots, J. M.  & Irun, M “La cortesia en català i anglès: pragmàtica contrastiva a l’aula de llengua” en Perera (Co.) (2000) Les Llengües a l’Educació Secundària Horsori Editorial & ICE UB., pp. 159 – 173.
  • Cots, J. M. & Llurda, E, & Irun, M. & Baiget, E. (2000) “Contrastive Analysis and Error Analysis in Language Teaching” a APAC of News, 2000, pages 42-4
  • Irun, M. (2000) Cosmos Teachers’ Book Ed Heinemann Iberia.
  • Irun, M. (2000) Universe 1 i 2 Teachers’ Book Ed. Heinemann Iberia

Graduate level:

  • Teaching and learning foreign languages / Ensenyament de les Llengües estrangeres
  • Syllabus design, planning and materials development / Disseny curricular, porgramació I elaboració de materials
  • Syllabus design, planning  and assessment in ELE and CLA / Disseny crricular, programació I avaluació a ELE I CLA

Undergraduate level:

  • Applied Linguistics
  • Academic English
  • English for Academic Purposes

Montse Irun is a lecturer at the Dept. of English and Linguistics of the Universitat de Lleida. She teaches courses on applied linguistics, academic English and EFL learning methodology. She is also a teacher in a secondary school in Lleida Apart from her long experience teaching English from different perspectives, she is a teacher trainer for the Education Department of the Catalan Government on three main topics: Project based learning, Evaluation, and Content and Language Integrated Learning. She has co-authored two books in Spanish: La conciencia lingüística en la enseñanza de lenguas (2007) on the promotion of language awareness in language education; and Plurilingüismo e interculturalidad en la escuela: Reflexiones y propuestas didácticas (2010) on the development of multilingual and intercultural competence in secondary education. She has also written several books to teach English as a Foreign Language to Catalan students. She has also published several articles in edited volumes and specialised journals.