Mr Rafael Peñas Cruz

Mr Rafael Peñas Cruz

Co-ordinating Language Teacher (Spanish)

Language Centre

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About me

I graduated in English Language and Literature at the University of Barcelona and later took an M.A. in Hispanic studies at Birkbeck college University of London, writing a dissertation on the influence of English poet T.S.Eliot on Spanish poet Luis Cernuda. Although literature and poetry are my main areas of expertise, I am generally interested in exploring the relationship between the arts and political, economic and social aspects.

As a writer, I have two novels published in Spain: Las dimensiones del teatro, published in 2001 and Charlie, which in 2009 won the Terenci Moix Prize for Gay Fiction. I am currently searching publisher for my third novel, “El legado de Celia Bernard”. 

I have had a long career as a Language Teacher, starting in 1988 in Barcelona and then in London since 1992, where I have taught more or less everywhere, from Adult Education courses in Wandsworth and Woolwich Colleges to GCSE and A Level at the City of London School for Boys. I have been teaching at the LSE Language Centre since 1999.


Literature; poetry; novel; fiction; comparative literature; culture and society; film; art and society; Spanish; Spain; Latin America

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.