University of Nottingham Ningbo China
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Penélope Franco Estrada

Director of the Language Centre , Language Centre


Personal details


Room 437, Administration Building
The University of Nottingham Ningbo China
199 Taikang East Road 
Ningbo 315100   

+86 (0)574 8818 6449


MA Social Communications, UNIVA, México 
BA Organizational Communication, Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes, México  


September 2000- Awarded First prize, National Contest of Quality for Curriculum

Development. Instituto Nacional de Estadística, Geografía e Informática  (INEGI)

(National Institute of Statistics and Geography)

September 2007 Awarded with International scholarship for language and cultural exhange in China. Gobierno del Estado de Aguascalientes (State Government of Aguascalientes).

July 2015. Lord Dearing Award as part of the Language Centre for Teaching and Learning. The University of Nottingham Ningbo China


I have been an educator since 2000. The core idea of my teaching philosophyis to enhance the student experience and support their learning in different environments. I understand education as an holistic process that embroils practice, reflection and knowledege. I believe in education as a pathway for change and development. I have a vast experience working with Asian students, supporting them to develop their critical thinking and to shape their profile as global citizens.

Academic Experience

January 2008 to present

Deputy Director of the Language Centre

Evening classes program Coordinator

OLLE (NAA) Module convenor

Spanish Language Tutor

The University of Nottingham Ningbo

Writer experience

Ningbo Focus Magazine, Ningbo China.- Editor in chief: Elaine Chan.

Parteaguas, Mexican Magazine.- Editor in chief: Patricia Guajardo

Teaching and learning


Previously, I have taught the following courses: 

  • Public Relations 
  • Internal Communications 
  • Qualitative Methods 
  • Social Communication 
  • Supervisor for dissertations 


I have taught in the following Universities: 

  • University of Nottingham Ningbo China, China (2008 to present)
  • Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes, Mexico (2004-2008)
  • UNIVA, Mexico (2000-2004)