The LEIDE Group

The LEIDE research group is made up of professors and researchers from the Universities of Alcalá, Salamanca, Alicante, País Vasco and Nebrija, the Instituto Cervantes and Alcalingua-UAH. It also has a large network of collaborators in many countries, all of them teachers of Spanish in different educational institutions.

The LEIDE group is coordinated by Professor Ana Blanco Canales (University of Alcalá).

Our interests

Oscar Wilde
“Las pasiones sobre cuyo origen se engaña son las que más tiranizan. Los motivos que mejor se conocen tienen mucha menos fuerza”.
Oscar Wilde
Patricia Highsmith
“Lo que pasa es que uno proyecta un montón de emociones desagradables en una persona y te encuentras odiando a alguien o algo”.
Patricia Highsmith
Nietzche
“Nuestros pensamientos son las sombras de nuestros sentimientos, siempre más oscuros, más vanos, más sencillos que éstos”.
Nietzche
Spinoza
“Cada cual gobierna todo según su afecto”.
Spinoza
Ralph W. Emerson
“Nada grande se ha hecho nunca sin entusiasmo”.
Ralph W. Emerson
Virginia Wolf
“I prefer where truth is important to write fiction”.
Virginia Wolf
William James
“Es nuestra actitud al comienzo de una tarea difícil la que, más que cualquier otra cosa, afecta a su resultado exitoso”.
William James
M. E. Seligman.
“Los hábitos de pensamiento no tienen por qué persistir para siempre. Uno de los hallazgos más significativos de la psicología en los últimos veinte años es que los individuos eligen su forma de pensar”.
M. E. Seligman
Winston S. Churchill
“Un pesimista ve la dificultad en cada oportunidad; un optimista ve la oportunidad en cada dificultad”.
Winston S. Churchill
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“El éxito requiere de persistencia, la habilidad de no rendirse en la cara del fracaso. Creo que el estilo optimista es la llave a la persistencia”.
M.E. Seligman
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“Los límites de mi lenguaje son los límites de mi mente”.
Ludwig Wittgenstein
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“Cambia tu atención y cambiarás tus emociones. Cambia tu emoción y tu atención cambiará de lugar”.
Frederick Dodson

About us

All the members of the LEIDE group are united by our interest in the acquisition, learning and teaching of second languages, and more specifically, Spanish.

Within this field, our backgrounds are different, ranging from theoretical linguistics to cognitive psychology, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, psychopedagogy and didactics. Likewise, the aspects on which we have worked offer great diversity: phonic component, learning strategies, lexical availability, affectivity and motivation, communication skills and abilities.

Our collaborators

Our research work is possible thanks to the collaboration of institutions, researchers, teachers and students, who provide the necessary data and open their classrooms to experimentation. They are all aware of the importance of language learning in a globalised world in which effective and affective communication is the best guarantee for development, integration and coexistence. They are also aware that research into the processes of second language acquisition will make a decisive contribution to improving teaching (training curricula, methodological approaches, strategies, etc.).

These are the universities and language centres that support us.

These are the researchers and professors who collaborate in our research work.

We are willing to grow. The Leide Group is strongly interested in establish a broad and widespread network of partners to enable knowledge sharing, cooperation and transfer.