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Dr Sandra Lopez-Rocha

Dr Sandra Lopez-Rocha

Dr Sandra Lopez-Rocha
PhD (UofB), PhD (UMBC), MA (UMBC)

Teaching Fellow (Spanish)

Area of research

Sociolinguistics, Intercultural communication, ethnic identity and language maintenance, and language teaching (new technologies)

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17 Woodland Road,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1TE
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My research interests stem from an interdisciplinary background involving socio-cultural anthropology, sociolinguistics, intercultural communication, and language acquisition. I'm interested in topics involving ethnic identity and language maintenance, ethnography of communication, adaptation and acculturation, and the use of new technologies in teaching.

Selected publications

López-Rocha, S., & Vailes, F. (2017). Developing intercultural communicative competence for the Year Abroad experience. In C. Álvarez-Mayo, A. Gallagher-Brett, & F. Michel (Eds), Innovative language teaching and learning at university: Enhancing employability. In press.

López-Rocha, S. (2016). Intercultural Communicative Competence: Creating Awareness and Promoting Skills in the Language Classroom. In C. Goria, O. Speicher, & S. Stollhans (Eds). Innovative Language Teaching and Learning at University: Enhancing Participation and Collaboration (pp. 105-111). Dublin:

López-Rocha, S., & Arévalo-Guerrero, E. (2014). Intercultural Communication Discourse. In M. Lacorte (Ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Hispanic Applied Linguistics. New York: Routledge.

López-Rocha, S. (2014). Stress and Acculturation. In W. C. Cockerham, R. Dingwall, & S. R. Quah (Eds.), The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior, and Society. New York: Wiley-Blackwell.

López-Rocha, S. (2010). Intercultural Training: Theory and Design. Saarbrücken, Germany: VDM Verlag Dr. Müller. ISBN-13: 978-3-639-30248-6.

López-Rocha, S. (2010). Culture Shock and Intercultural Adaptation: An Ethnography of Egyptians in the United States. Saarbrücken, Germany: VDM Verlag Dr. Müller. ISBN-13: 978-3-639-30247-9.


Language Maintenance among Spanish-Speaking Migrants in the UK. International Journal of Learning. Vol. 17, 8, 2010, pp. 461-472.

Nethnography in Context: Methodological and Practical Implications of Virtual Ethnography. The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences. Vol. 5, 4, 2010, pp. 291-302.

Virtual Ethnicity: Representation and Boundary Formation on the Internet. International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations. Vol. 10, 3, 2010, pp. 81-90.

Cross-Cultural Immersion: Perceptions and Experience of Chilean Migrants in the UK. Global Studies Journal. Vol. 3, 3, 2010, pp. 115- 126.

Through Other People’s Eyes: Four Case Studies on Perceptions and Cross-Cultural Experience. International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Vol 1, 5, 2007 pp. 37-46. http:/ /

The Color of Culture: Post-racial and post-ethnic considerations in the United StatesInternational Journal of the Humanities, Vol. 4, 3, 2007 pp. 25-32.

Men and Women in Conversation: Issues of Power and Linguistic Variation. International Journal of the Humanities, Vol. 3, 3, 2006 pp. 189-196.

Diversity in the Workplace: Issues, Strategies, and PerspectivesInternational Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations, Vol. 5, 5, 2006 pp. 11-18.

Designing Intercultural Training for Business Negotiations: Competencies, Program Design, and Implementation. International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Vol. 5, 5, 2006 pp. 103-112.

From Stereotypes to Communication Styles: Cross-cultural Issues in the Language Classroom.International Journal of Learning, Vol. 12, 5, 2005 pp. 51-60.

Culture Shock and Intercultural Adaptation: The Experience of Egyptian EFL Teachers in the US.International Journal of Learning, Vol. 11, 2004.

Women in Islamic Egypt: Perceptions and Observed Behavior among a Group of Egyptians. Language Literacy and Culture Review, Vol. 1. Number 1. Fall 2001, (26-44).




Office Hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 12 - 1 pm


Language units:

HISP10001 - Integrated Skills

HISP30101 - Integrated Skills


Content units:

MODL30013 - Teaching Modern Foreign Languages


Preparation for the Year Abroad:

Intercultural Communication and Competence Module


Anthropology - Lecture

Research Methods in Intercultural Communication

Virtual Ethnography


  • Language learning and acquisition
  • New technologies in the language classroom
  • Intercultural communication
  • Cross-cultural psychology
  • Socio-cultural anthropology
  • Virtual ethnography

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