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Miss Rommy Anabalon Schaaf
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  • Postgraduate Teaching Assistant
  • IOE - Social Research Institute
  • UCL Institute of Education
  • Post Graduate Teaching Assistant - CCM
  • IOE - Culture, Communication & Media
  • UCL Institute of Education

Rommy Anabalon Schaaf, is a Doctoral Candidate in Sociolinguistics, funded by ANID (Agencia Nacional de Investigacion y Desarrollo, Chile) in the UCL Centre for Applied Linguistics at the UCL Institute of Education. During her PhD studies she attended, as visiting research student, the Institute of Multilingualism, University of Fribourg, Switzerland and completed a course on Social Anthropology and one on Philosophy of Science at the University of Oxford, Department of Continuing Education. She holds a MA degree in English linguistics, a PG diploma in Education Technology, a BA degree in Secondary Education and English Language Teacher Education which provided with the qualifications to teach English, all awarded by the University of Chile. She also holds a BA degree in English Linguistics and Literature. In addition, she was awarded a scholarship by the Chilean Ministry of Education to study an intensive course in TESOL at the University of California, Davis, USA. 

Her research interests include:

-Sociolinguistics and Linguistic Anthropology



-Art and research

-Language and Work

-Language and Education

-Language and Gender

-Social Inequalities

Research Summary

Rommy's research project, "The making of precarious English female teachers - A sociolinguistic ethnography of ourselves", seeks to examine processes of precarisation in female language teachers who work in higher education and the role of language (as a social practice) in their configuration. I draw on a multidisciplinary decolonial feminist approach to look at the precarisation of women's lives from a critical political economic perspective, i.e. addressing multiple inequalities anchored in the sexual and colonial division of labour. I argue that these processes are double bind as they (re)configure female subjectivities and expectations towards emancipatory temporal and spatial horizons while, at the same time, contribute to reproducing ideologies which help maintain women in subaltern positions and subjected to different forms of violence. 

Teaching Summary

Rommy possesses extensive experience in teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, both in Chile and the UK, in particular as a teacher educator and thesis supervisor. Her teaching experience has focused on Research Methodologies, Ethnography, Academic English, Phonetics and Phonology. She has been Teaching Assistant for Researching Second Language Acquisition (Master in TESOL), Language and Work (Master in Applied Linguistics) and for 2022/23 she is a PGTA in the modules Social Theory, Social Theory and the Study of Contemporary Problems, and Love, Intimacy and Sexuality at the UCL Social Research Institute.

01-SEP-2022 Postgraduate Teaching Assistant Social Research Institute UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2021 – 30-AUG-2022 Postgraduate Teaching Assistant Culture, Communication and Media UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom
01-AUG-2021 AEP Teacher English INTO University Partnerships, United Kingdom
01-JAN-2016 – 31-DEC-2017 Head of Department of Foreign Languages Education Universidad Bernardo O'Higgins, Chile
01-MAR-2015 – 31-DEC-2017 Associate Professor Education Universidad Bernardo O'Higgins, Chile
01-JUL-2014 – 31-JAN-2015 Lecturer English UC Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Chile
01-MAR-2014 – 31-DEC-2017 Lecturer Linguistics Universidad de Chile, Chile
01-MAR-2008 – 31-JUL-2009 Lecturer English Universidad Andres Bello, Chile
01-MAR-2007 – 31-DEC-2014 Lecturer Translation and Interpretation Universidad de las Ciencias de las Comunicaciones, Chile
01-MAR-2007 – 28-FEB-2015 Lecturer Education Universidad Bernardo O'Higgins, Chile
01-MAR-2006 – 31-DEC-2009 Lecturer Education Universidad de las Ciencias de la Informatica, Chile
01-MAR-2005 – 31-JUL-2011 Lecturer English and Education Universidad de las Americas, Chile
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