Lourdes  Hernández-Martín

Lourdes Hernández-Martín

Language Co-ordinator (Arabic) and Co-ordinator for Spanish Projects

Language Centre

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About me

During my professional life I have been involved in various areas of research. I worked at the Spanish Press Agency (EFE) in Tunisia covering Tunisian, Libyan, Palestinian and Algerian issues. In this country, I also carried out academic research focusing on the role of policies towards women in the construction of the Tunisian state.

I have also worked as campaigner and researcher with human rights organisations on issues related to North Africa and the Middle East. After the completion of an MSc on Human Rights, I carried out research on armed conflicts, focusing on the use of child soldiers and on the legal framework applied to non-state actors such as private military and security companies.

I have taught and coordinated languages in Higher Education environments in both Tunisia and the UK. Currently, my research focuses on the use of ethnography in language teaching, multilingual contexts (particularly London) and the so-called foreign languages. I am also interested in project-based methods to enhance students’ learning.


Language teaching pedagogies; Multilingual contexts and language learning; Applied Linguistics; Project-based learning; Linguistic rights; Intercultural Communicative competence; North Africa; Human Rights and Armed Conflict

About the Language Centre

The Language Centre here at the London School of Economics reflects the specialist nature of the School itself, namely, a world class institution where the quality of teaching and research is paramount.

LSE is not just a multi-national university but also a multi-lingual one.

We offer English for Academic Purposes programmes, undergraduate degree courses and a range of language options that you can take outside of your main degree programme. All programmes and courses relate language study and support to the fields of interest of social science students.

The Language Centre is part of LSE’s Academic and Professional Development Division.

About the Academic and Professional Development Division

The units in LSE’s Academic and Professional Development Division run degree programmes, courses and events; offer advice, opportunities and funding to advance the development of academic staff and students; and support the implementation of educational strategy and policy across the School.  

LSE Language Centre            

The Language Centre provides language courses, language support and services to LSE undergraduate students, post-graduate students, research students, LSE alumni, LSE staff and external students.                                            

LSE LIFE            

LSE LIFE is the new academic, personal and professional development centre for undergraduate and taught master’s students, housed in bespoke space on the ground floor of the Library and offering hundreds of events, workshops and one to one sessions each term.

Learning Technology and Innovation (LTI)

LSE LTI provide advice, support and collaboration for staff in the use of technologies to enhance and innovate teaching and learning.                


LSE’s flagship interdisciplinary course, LSE100: Thinking like a social scientist, introduces undergraduate students to the ways in which different disciplines analyse some of the major issues confronting contemporary societies.            

LSE Teaching and Learning Centre            

LSE’s Teaching and Learning Centre offers events, formal qualifications and a range of development and funding opportunities to academic staff and those with teaching roles across the School.