Professional work experience
On this page, I outline all my professional experience and skills in my work in data science and journalism in reverse chronological order:
2018-present Chartered Institute of Linguist (UK)
I joined the Chartered Institute of Linguist (CIOL) as a full chartered member (MCIL: 50245) for my work and contribution to the industry and education of foreign languages in the UK and beyond. I am hence affiliated with CIOL's branches in Lincolnshire, UK Midlands, Madrid, Hong Kong and China.
I was invited on Linkedin to join sofiasquare as a freelance remote language teacher for clients mainly from Spain.
2018-present Vox Report
I joined Vox Report as a global journalist and have committed to provide new and fresh coverage of contemporary news from ground level.
2017-present Asia Times Online
I have been a freelance contributor to Asia Times Online and I offer my insights into current affairs in Hong Kong and China, especially in regards to language and linguistic issues. For a list of my contributions, please visit my profile
or my publications page.
2015-present Language Services Associates (United States)
I offer telephone interpreting between English and Spanish for the medical profession/industry in the United States.
2013-present Language Learners (United Kingdom)
I have offered language tuition in the following languages (Mandarin, Cantonese, Latin, Greek, Spanish, Portuguese) to high school students and working adults in various parts of the United Kingdom.
2014-present University of York (United Kingdom)
I have been teaching Mandarin Chinese and Cantonese Chinese to students at the University of York at beginners and elementary levels. For feedback on the quality of my teaching, see Teaching.
2011-present Listen and Learn (United Kingdom)
I have offered language tuition in the following languages (Mandarin, Cantonese, Latin, Greek, Spanish) to working adults in London.
2011-2013 The Manchester International Society (United Kingdom)
I taught Spanish, Mandarin Chinese and Cantonese Chinese to university students and working adults in Manchester at all levels (beginners, elementary, advanced) in a variety of classroom settings, including one-on-one, small-group discussion, large-group lecture. For feedback on the quality of my teaching, go to my page on Teaching.
2010-present The Language Empire (United Kingdom)
I offer face-to-face simultaneous and telephone interpreting in Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese Chinese, Spanish and Portuguese (so far 10 clients: Mandarin Chinese (four), Cantonese Chinese (three), Spanish (two), Portuguese (one)).
2010-present The Language Machine (United Kingdom)
I have been offering private lessons in Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese Chinese, Spanish and Portuguese to adults in the North of England, namely Greater Manchester and Yorkshire.
My study and research in languages and linguistics have given me proficiency in some very useful languages in today's world, namely Spanish and Chinese (Mandarin/Cantonese)and I have tried to put my linguistic skills to good use and apply them to language-related industries like interpreting and language teaching. It is a totally different experience from doing research on linguistics, but a very enjoyable one too, despite the pragmatic difficulties that may arise in combining an academic career with a vocational one. It is also an eye-opener, since doing simultaneous interpreting has allowed me to meet all kinds of people in the world and has hence broadened my perspectives. I hope to pursue these activities in the long term and be a proper linguist (rather than an armchair linguist) for the rest of my life.
2007-2008 Oxford Tutorial College (United Kingdom)
I taught A-level beginners (ab initio) Mandarin Chinese to then high-school students and prospective university students of modern languages. I also gave prospective university and career advice to then students of A-level, especially with regards to Oxford and Cambridge undergraduate admissions in the United Kingdom.
Chinese (Cantonese): native
Chinese (Mandarin): native
English: near native
Spanish: near native
Italian (standard): intermediate
Catalán: very basic
Korean: very basic
Scientific modelling and hypothesis testing (Research Methods at the University of Manchester)
Conventions in linguistic writing and referencing (Research Methods at the University of Manchester and University of York)
Writing book reviews (Research Methods at the University of Manchester)
Writing linguistic abstracts (Research Methods at the University of Manchester)
Bibliographical search and literature review (Research Methods at the University of Manchester and University of York)
Writing research proposals (Research Methods at the University of Manchester)
Formulating and designing research experiments (Research Methods at the University of York)
Corpus linguistics (Research Methods at the University of Manchester and the University of York)
Analytical and critical analysis of secondary literature (Research Methods at the University of York)
Conference presentation skills (oral/poster) (Research Methods at the University of Manchester and University of York)
Quantitative Methods using R (University of York)
Research Ethics (Research Methods at University of Manchester and University of York)
Effective Research (Research Methods at University of York)
Conventions of Academic Publications (journals, reviews, books) (Research Methods at University of York).
Chartered Institute of Linguists
Classical Chinese: professional
Italic (Oscan and Umbrian): elementary
Leadership training and team-building course (Sherborne School)
Pastoral care and praefectual responsibility (Sherborne School)
Library cataloguing (manual/electronic) (Sherborne School)
Teaching university students and working adults (termly training course at the Manchester International Society 2011-2013)
Simultaneous/telephone interpreting (ten hours training course with Language Empire (United Kingdom))
Simultaneous/telephone interpreting (online training course for medical and anatomical vocabulary between Spanish and English with Language Services Associates (United States))
Latex (Research Methods at University of York)
PDF editor/creator (Adobe Reader, Nitro Reader)
Postscript (PS) converter
Programming (SPSS, R, AntConc) (University of York)
Online Blogging (wordpress, tumblir, blogger.com)
Online tweeting (Twitter)
Social Media (Facebook, Google+)
Academic/professional media (Linkedin, academia.edu, ResearchGate, Orcid)
Online file storage and sharing (google drive, 4shared)
Website building (wix.com, google site)