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  • English for Academic Purposes
  • English for Professional Purposes


2014 PhD. University of Birmingham, UK.
1993 MSc. Teaching English for Specific Purposes, Aston University, UK.
1992 PGDE, Universidad de Oviedo, Spain.
1991 BA (Hons.) English Philology, Universidad de Oviedo, Spain.


2013 - Present Assistant Professor, School of General Education and Languages, 
Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong
2011 - 2013 Teaching Fellow, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences,
City University of Hong Kong
2007 - 2011 Teaching Fellow, Department of English, City University of Hong Kong
2001 - 2007 Instructor I, Department of English, City University of Hong Kong
1998 - 2000 Head of Studies, Colegio San Nicolás de Bari, Avilés (Spain)
1994 - 1998 Demonstrator, Department of English, City University of Hong Kong
1994 - 1995 Part-time language instructor, SPACE, University of Hong Kong
1994 Part-time teacher, Li Po Chun United World College
1990 - 1993 Part-time language instructor, Universidad de Oviedo


Jun 2005 Teaching Excellence Award, City University of Hong Kong.
Oct 2003

Golden Abacus Award, Spanish Chamber of Commerce of Hong Kong.

Nov 2001 FHS Contribution to Learning Award, Faculty of humanities and Social Sciences, 
​City University of Hong Kong


  • Discourse Analysis
  • Corpus Linguistics
  • World Languages
  • Language Teaching for Specific Purposes
  • Nation-building and nationalism


Current Examiner IBO Spanish
Current Examiner, Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE)
Current Editor, Journal of World Languages
2008 - 2013 Editor, SinoELE
2004 - 2011

Director, Spanish Chamber of Commerce of Hong Kong


2013 More than Words: Zarzuela, RTHK Radio 4
2007 Ole Ole Spain, RTHK
2007 Music Beyond Borders: Amancio Prada, RTHK Radio 4


  • THEi Seed grant (2018)

    Project Title: Developing e-reading pedagogies informed by research

    Total Amount: 79,988 HKD

  • VTC Student Development Foundation (2014)
    Project title: English enhancement project.
    Total amount: HKD 459,785.46
  • LEARNET Grant, administered by Hong Kong University (2003)
    Project title: Developing learning objects for Spanish language and culture.
    Amount (HKD 86,000, including HKD 50,000 from an UGC matching grant).
  • Teaching Development Grant, City University of Hong Kong (2001)
    Project title: Developing multimedia materials for Spanish language and culture.
    Total amount: HKD 145,000 (HKD 125,000 from the university and HKD 20,000 from an external donation)


  • Garralda Ortega, A. (2018) A case for blended EAP in Hong Kong higher education. The Asian EFL Journal Vol. 20 Issue 9:2.
  • Garralda Ortega, A. (2017) A case for blended learning in EAP programs at Hong Kong universities. Paper presented at the International Conference on ESP, New Technologies and Digital Learning. Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
  • Garralda Ortega, A. (2016) “Learner-centered pedagogies and blended learning at THEi.” Paper presented at the Networked Language Learning and Teaching in Today’s University Colloquium, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
  • Garralda Ortega, A. (2015): "Enhancing content and language integrated learning in postsecondary
    vocational education". Paper presented at the Practical Social and Industrial
    Research Symposium 2015, Hong Kong Vocational Training Council.
  • Garralda Ortega, A. (2010) “Una única nación” or “una nación de naciones”? The concept of nation in the Spanish Press (News articles): A corpus-based study, paper presented at the ACIS (Association for Contemporary Iberian Studies) 2010 Conference, Roehampton University, London.
  • Garralda Ortega, A. (2010) “El concepto de nación en la prensa española (Editoriales y Artículos de Opinión): un estudio de lingüística de corpus”,paper presented at VII Congreso Internacional de la Asociación Asiática de Hispanistas, Beijing Foreign Studies University.
  • Garralda Ortega, A. (2008) The Construction of National Identity in the Spanish Press (1996-2007): A Corpus-Based study, paper presented at ESSE 9th Conference, Aarhus, Denmark.
  • Santandreu Calonge, D. & Garralda Ortega, A. (2006) Guía Práctica de Conversación, City University Press, Hong Kong.
  • Jones, R., Garralda, A., Li, D. C.S & Lock, G. (2006) Interactional dynamics in on-line and face-to-face peer-tutoring sessions for second language writers, Journal of Second Language Writing, Vol. 15 No. 2.
  • Garralda Ortega , A. (2005) Spanish culture Video Course
  • Garralda Ortega, A. (2004). Cómo integrar lengua y cultura usando tecnología multimedia.
    Paper presented at the I Encuentro de Profesores de Español de Asia Pacífico, Instituto
    Cervantes. Manila.
  • Garralda Ortega , A. (2003) Spanish Video Course: “Ven a Estudiar a Hong Kong”.
  • Garralda Ortega , A. (2003) Spanish Video Course: “Descubriendo Hong Kong”.




  • Garralda Ortega, A. (2016) Learner-centered pedagogies and blended learning at THEi.

    Paper presented at Colloquium “Networked Language Learning and Teaching in today’s University” at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 24 September, 2016.