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Katherine A. Salvador

Thesis Title: How can Spanish Speakers from South America prepare for success in Anglophone European Universities?

Supervisor: Dr David Limond



Katherine Salvador Cisneros is an international PhD full time research student. She has been awarded a scholarship from the government of Ecuador, her home country, to do her doctoral studies. She holds a degree in Aquaculture Engineering and a Masters in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Katherine is an Associated Professor with a tenure in one of the most prestigious universities in Latin America, the Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral (ESPOL). She is a passionate teacher, researcher and a full-time parent of two adolescents.

Research Interests

Higher education; gender in education; second language acquisition; success in higher education; reflective professional practice; critical thinking; special education needs; voices in education; applied comics.


2009 Magister in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral (ESPOL), Ecuador. Graduation modality: Thesis work and dissertation: Impact of Extensive Reading on Ecuadorian Learners’ Attitudes Toward L2 Reading:  A Qualitative Research Study’. First Class Honours.

2002 Engineer in Aquaculture, Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral, Ecuador. Graduation modality: Thesis work and dissertation: ‘Marketing Plan for the Introduction of a Marine Product with Added Value: in Shrimp Products’. First Class Honours.

2008 Diploma of Virtual Tutor in Higher Education, CTI, ESPOL

2006 Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT) Modules 1, 2 and 3, Cambridge University ESOL Exams


2013 Senescyt Scholarship for doctoral studies, Ecuadorian Government (2013-2017)
2012 and 2011 Honour for Teaching Excellence at Foreign Language Center of ESPOL
2008 First Place Learning Objects IV Contest, CISE-ESPOL
2007 and 2006 Third Place Learning Objects III Contest, CISE - ESPOL


  • Salvador, K. (2012) Applying principles of adult learning in a higher education setting: reflections on my experience with the andragogy theory and practice, INTED2012 Proceedings, pp. 3666-3673.

Conference | Papers | Poster Presentations                                                                    

  • ‘Be creative’ – they said, my research in a comic strip, for the Thesis-in-Three, Long Hub Room, TCD, Dublin, Ireland, April 28th, 2015.
  • All they want is a good job!’: perception of success in higher education in a rural Irish post-primary school, for the 40th ESAI Annual Conference: Educational Research and Practice in Times of Transition: Looking to the Future, Maynooth, Ireland, April 9-11, 2015.
  • Workshop presented for 2014 MD-TESOL Conference: 34th Maryland TESOL Annual Fall Conference: Demonstration of Reflective Teaching Practice to build and revisit a personal philosophy of education in Baltimore, USA on October 25th, 2014.
  • Poster Presentation for Discover Research Dublin 2014: How can Spanish speakers from South America prepare for success in Anglophone European universities?, September 26, 2014 in the Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin.
  • Perception of Readiness and Success in Higher Education: The Voice of Ecuadorian Second Level Students for the International Journal of Arts and Sciences (IJAS) Conference in Barcelona, Spain, June 16-19, 2014 and also presented for the 5th Annual School of Education Postgraduate Research Conference “Adventures in Education” on June 21st, 2014 in the Jonathan Swift Theatre in Trinity College Dublin.
  • My Philosophy of Education Revisited: Demonstration of Reflective Teaching Practice, presented for the Twelfth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities in the Universidad CEU San Pablo, Madrid, Spain, June 11-13, 2014
  • Success in Higher Education, presented for Thesis-in-Three in the School of Education, Trinity College Dublin, May 7, 2014
  • Reflections on/of my Philosophy of Education for present and future generations, presented for the Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI) Conference 2014: Imagining and Innovating for Sustainable Futures; education in challenging times, April 10-12, 2014, Athlone, Ireland
  • How becoming a PhD student changed my life: a reflective conversation with myself, presented for GSU International Women’s Week, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, March 7, 2014
  • Learning Objects in Action, presentation and published in the proceedings for IRELAND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION IICE, April 16-18 2012, Dublin-Ireland
  • Applying Principles of Adult Learning in a Higher Education Setting: Reflections on my Experience with the Andragogy Theory and Practice, presented and published paper for INTED 2012, March 5-7, 2012, Valencia, Spain.
  • Learning Objects Design, lecturer for CISE-ESPOL, Ecuador, Nov 22. 29, 2011 –10 hours
  • Experiences in the Implementation of Online Reading in an Undergraduate EFL Program: From Research To Practice, published work for 4th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF EDUCATION, RESEARCH AND INNOVATION ICERI 2011, November 14-16, 2011, Madrid- Spain.
  • Research in Education and Using Learning Objects in the EFL Classroom, lecture for XVI National Congress COPING WITH NEW TRENDS IN ELT, FENAPIUPE, Latacunga – Ecuador Sept. 22 and 23, 2011
  • The Influence of Globalization Trends in the Evolution of an English Language Program of a Latin American University: A Descriptive, Qualitative Research Study, coauthor, presented for CAVE: Formation, Reformation  and  Transformation: The Concept of Bildung in the contemporary University, School of Education, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, June 10, 2011
  • Learning Objects Design, lecturer for CISE-ESPOL, Ecuador, October 12, 14, 2010, 10 hours
  • Promoting New Information Technology in Teaching: Methodology for Evaluating Learning Tools Implemented in Higher Education Settings, coauthor  published work, INTED 2009: Technology, Education and Development Conference, Valencia, Spain, March 9-11, 2009

Peer-reviewer for

  • The International Journal of Humanities Education, Volume 12, Issue 3-4, Common Ground Publisher (Associate editor)
  • The TCD Journal of Postgraduate Research Volume XIV

 Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member, Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI)
  • Member, Common Ground Publisher
  • Member, Maryland Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MDTESOL)
  • Christian Union, TCD
  • Japanese Society, TCD
  • Student Parent Society, TCD

Social and Community Voluntary work

  • Coordinating Children’s club and Teens’ club for Free Grace Evangelical Church and the community of Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, Ireland since August 2013.
  • Volunteering for the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) in Mullingar Centre, since September 2014. Assisting horse riding therapy with children from the Midlands.

Upcoming presentations (accepted papers)

  • Influence of L2 Extensive Reading Intervention on Undergraduate Students: An Action Research, EDULEARN 15 (Barcelona, July 2015)
  • Parents also count!: parental voice in research, Learner Voice International Conference 2015 ‘Nothing about us without us’: Listening to the voices of students! (Dublin, June 2015)
  • Expanding the school community: breaking down communication barriers, IATSE  Conference 2015: ‘Our School Community – Promoting Resilience and Wellbeing’ (Drumcondra, June 2015)

Updated: May 2015


Last updated 5 June 2015