Alison Hayes

Senior Lecturer in Spanish

School of Languages & Linguistics


T: 01904 876874

Alison Hayes

BA (Hons) (Hull), PGCE (York), MA (Leeds Met), PG Cert Coaching and Mentoring (York St John University), FHEA

Alison Hayes is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Languages and Linguistics. She has a degree in Hispanic Studies from the University of Hull and a PGCE from the University of York. She has experience of school teaching and for many years taught Spanish at various levels for the City of York Adult Education service. She then became a visiting lecturer at York St John University, took a Master’s Degree in Language Teaching at Leeds Metropolitan University and now teaches part-time on the institution-wide Languages Programme and the School Direct PGCE in MFL.

Further Information


Alison currently teaches Beginners, Continuation and Intermediate 1 Spanish. All of these modules are available as elective and extra-curricular modules as well as to staff and the general public. She also supervises students’ level 3 research projects and is involved in teaching and tutoring on the School Direct PGCE in MFL.

Professional Activities

Alison is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Association for Language Learning. She is also a mentor for members of staff applying for fellowship of the HEA through the University’s dialogic route.

Alison leads on organising the Careers using Languages conference for schools, part of York St John University’s Widening Participation programme. This is an annual event with the aim of demonstrating to school students that speaking a foreign language makes them more employable even if it does not form the main focus of their career.

Alison holds a Post-Graduate Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring, is a member of the Yorkshire Accord Coaching and Mentoring Scheme and is happy to coach students or colleagues alike.


Alison is interested in student motivation, learning styles, autonomous learning and in using technology to enhance the teaching and learning experience. She is currently investigating whether self-mentoring increases student motivation.

Alison presented at the 2017 University of Leeds Developing Speaking Skills conference: Be your own language coach - self-mentoring to increase student reflection and motivation.

She also presented a paper at the Higher York e-learning Conference in June 2013: Electronic Learning Materials.

She co-led a learning conversation at the 2014 Talking about Teaching event at York St John University on ways of providing electronic feedback to students.

At the 2015 Talking about Teaching event she led a learning conversation on supporting a student with visual impairment.

She co-presented a paper at the 2016 Talking about Teaching event: Beautiful attention, encouraging student engagement through self-reflection.

She presented a paper at the InnoConf16: Enhancing Employability conference at the University of York, June 2016: Careers using Languages conference: a Widening Participation and Employability event.

She presented at the 2016 Research Reflections conference on “Be your own language coach: self-mentoring to increase student motivation and achievement.”

She presented at the RIPPLE Breakfast Café on “Be your own language coach: self-mentoring to increase student motivation and achievement.”


Book chapters

Hayes, A. (2015) Students’ reflective logs. In: Thomas, L ed. Compendium of effective practice in directed independent learning. York, HEA, pp.105-106.  Available from: The Higher Education Academy to download.

Hayes, A. (2016) Careers using Languages: how to set up a conference for schools. In Corradini, Erika; Borthwick, Kate; Gallagher-Brett, Angela. (Eds).  Employability for languages: a handbook. Dublin Ireland:, pp 51-55


Hayes, A. (2015) Supporting a student with visual impairment Vida Hispánica [Internet]. Available from [Accessed 16 December 2015] (Only available to subscribers)

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