BiographyMalba Barahona holds a PhD from the Australian National University, a Master in Linguistics from the Universidad de Chile and a degree in the teaching of English from Universidad Metropolitana de Ciencias de la Educación (Pedagógico). Malba has been teaching in higher education institutions over the last 15 years in the fields of foreign language learning, second language teacher education, applied linguistics, and cultural historical activity theory.
Whilst in Australia, Malba taught Spanish to undergraduate students at the Australian National University. She also taught Language Acquisition and Applied Linguistics to MA TESOL students at the University of Canberra.
PhD The Australian National University
MA Universidad de Chile
BA Universidad Metropolitana de Ciencias de la Educación
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Malba´s research interests focus on second language teacher education and her work draws on sociocultural perspective and cultural historical activity theory. She has also researched teachers’ beliefs, teachers’ learning and the use of emerging technologies in language learning. Currently, Malba is a research fellow at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaiso
Malba enjoys bushwalking in the Andes and wandering around the hills of Valparaiso.