Dr J Muñoz-Basols

Senior Lecturer in Spanish

Lic. Fil. Zaragoza — Bourgogne, M.A. Pennsylvania, Ph.D. Pompeu Fabra
Senior Lecturer in Spanish


Javier Muñoz-Basols’ principal research interests are: Spanish language, translation studies, applied linguistics, stylistics and literary linguistics, humour studies and cultural studies. He has also published on Early-modern and medieval Spanish literature, Latin American cultural studies and modern Spanish literature. His current research focuses on cross-linguistic lexical influence and the interaction between language and culture in various settings, including contemporary literature and humour.

Javier’s research in the area of Spanish language learning has led to the publication of textbooks focused on error correction, writing skills, oral interaction and idiomatic language. He is the creator and editor of the Routledge Speed up your Language Skills Series, which publishes innovative texts based on error correction as an effective tool for improving students’ language skills. Following the original approach of Speed up your Spanish the series has grown to include Chinese, Arabic, French, Korean and German. He is also co-editor of the Routledge Spanish Language Handbooks Series, which provides comprehensive and state-of-the-art overviews of topics in Hispanic Linguistics, Hispanic Applied Linguistics and Spanish Language Teaching, and editor and creator of the Routledge Advances in Spanish Language Teaching Series, which showcases the latest research on the teaching and learning of Spanish. 

Javier delivers teacher training workshops on language teaching regularly. He is a member of www.todoele.net, a leading platform dedicated to Spanish language teaching; and Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of the Journal of Spanish Language Teaching (Routledge), an academic publication dedicated to research, methods, materials and theories on the teaching and learning of Spanish. He has participated in the I+D+i research project, “Innovaciones lingüísticas del humor: géneros textuales, identidad y enseñanza de español” (FFI2012-30941) (Universidad de Alicante, 2013-2015), and is currently participating in the collaborative research project, “Identidades y culturas digitales en la educación lingüística” (EDU2014-57677-C2-1-R) (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, 2015-2018) also funded by an I+D+i grant from the Spanish Ministry of Education and Innovation. Javier is the recipient of a Merit Award from the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages (2009) and of an Excellence Award from the Humanities Division (2015). He is the Principal Investigator in the Digital Humanities project, “Portal de lingüística hispánica — Hispanic Linguistics.” He has served as external examiner at the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies of the University of Leeds (2015-2018), and at the Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies of the University of Bath (2017-2021). He is president of the Asociación para la Enseñanza del Español como Lengua Extranjera (ASELE) and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Instituto Cervantes.


Spanish language, translation, grammar, writing skills, oral skills and Paper XII (Hispanic Sociolinguistics).



Spanish Vocabulary Learning in Meaning-Oriented Instruction. London and New York: Routledge, 2021 (pp. 200, ISBN: 978-1-138-29590-2) (with Joe Barcroft) Book Weblink

La diversidad del español y su enseñanza. London and New York: Routledge, 2021 (pp. 378, ISBN: 978-0-367-65169-5) (with Natividad Hernández Muñoz and Carlos Soler Montes) Book Weblink Reviewed in Círculo de lingüística aplicada 90 (2022)

Técnicas de escritura en español y géneros textuales / Developing Writing Skills in Spanish. 2nd edition. London and New York: Routledge, 2021 (pp. 472, ISBN: 978-1-138-09671-4) (with Yolanda Pérez Sinusía) Book Weblink Reviewed in Revista LinRed 19 (2022)

Ideology, Censorship and Translation. London and New York: Routledge, 2021 (pp. 142, ISBN: 978-0-367-60989-4) (with Martin McLaughlin) Book Weblink Reviewed in Verba Hispánica 29.1 (2021)

The Routledge Handbook of Spanish Language Teachingmetodologías, contextos y recursos para la enseñanza del español L2. London and New York: Routledge, 2019 (pp. 724, ISBN: 978-1-138-18290-5) (with Elisa Gironzetti and Manel Lacorte) Book Weblink Download Introduction. Reviewed in Lingüística 38.2 (2022), Applied Linguistics 41.3 (2020), Hispania 103.1 (2020), Círculo de lingüística aplicada 81 (2020), Bulletin of Spanish Studies 96.9 (2019), Hispanic Research Journal 20.4 (2019), Lenguas Modernas 53 (2019), Estudios de lingüística  del español 40 (2019), Onomázein 46 (2019), Verba Hispánica 27.1 (2019), Revista LinRed 17 (2019) and Journal of Spanish Language Teaching 6.1 (2019)

Developing Writing Skills in Portuguese / Manual prático de escrita em português. London and New York: Routledge, 2019 (pp. xii + 142, ISBN: 978-1-138-29055-6) (with Yolanda Pérez Sinusía, Marianne David and Clélia F. Donovan) Book Weblink

Lingüística hispánica actual: guía didáctica y materiales de apoyo. London and New York: Routledge, 2017 (pp. xi + 330, ISBN: 978-0-415-78876-2) (with Manel Lacorte) Book Weblink. Read Introduction. Reviewed in Hispania 102.2 (2019), Revista LinRed 16 (2018), E-JournAll 5.1 (2018) and Estudios de Lingüística del Español 39 (2018)

The Routledge Companion to Iberian Studies. London and New York: Routledge, 2017 (pp. xxv + 714, ISBN: 978-0-415-72283-4) (with Laura Lonsdale and Manuel Delgado) Book Weblink. Read Introduction. Reviewed in Hispanófila 190 (2020), The Year’s Work in Modern Language Studies 79.1 (2019), Hispania 101.4 (2018), Bulletin Hispanique 120.2 (2018) and Verba Hispánica 25.1 (2017)

Introducción a la lingüística hispánica actual: teoría y práctica. London and New York: Routledge, 2017 (pp. xii + 546, ISBN: 978-0-415-63157-0) (with Nina Moreno, Inma Taboada and Manel Lacorte) Book Weblink. Read Introduction. Reviewed in Spanish in Context 16.1 (2019), Revista internacional de lingüística iberoamericana 16.2 (2018), Borealis 7.2 (2018), Studia Romanistica 18.2 (2018), Hispania 101.2 (2018), Journal of Spanish Language Teaching 5.1 (2018), Círculo de lingüística aplicada 73 (2018), Onomázein 42 (2018), Verba Hispánica 25.1 (2017), Estudios de Lingüística del Español 38 (2017), Revista LinRed 15 (2017)

Spanish Idioms in Practice: Understanding Language and Culture. London and New York: Routledge, 2013 (pp. xvi + 212, ISBN: 978-0-415-53392-8) (with Yolanda Pérez Sinusía and Marianne David) Book Weblink. Reviewed in Bulletin of Spanish Studies 92.6 (2015), Hispania 97.4 (2014), Porta Linguarum 22.2 (2014), and Revista LinRed 11 (2013)

¡A debate! Estrategias para la interacción oral (Nivel C). Madrid: Edelsa, 2013 (pp. 172, ISBN: 978-84-7711-797-1). ¡A debate! Guía metodológica para el profesor. Madrid: Edelsa, 2013 (pp. 144, ISBN: 978-84-7711-769-8) (with Elisa Gironzetti and Yolanda Pérez Sinusía) Book Weblink Reviewed in Hispania 98.1 (2015), Lenguas Modernas 46 (2015), Estudios de Lingüística (ELUA) 28 (2014), Vida Hispánica 48.1 (2014)

The Limits of Literary Translation: Expanding Frontiers in Iberian Languages. Kassel: Reichenberger, 2012 (pp. xvi + 370, ISBN: 978-3-937734-97-2) (with Catarina Fouto, Laura Soler-González and Tyler Fisher) Book Weblink. Reviewed in Translation Studies 8.1 (2015), Hispania 97.3 (2014), Iberoamericana 14.56 (2014), Bulletin of Hispanic Studies 91.2 (2014), and Verba Hispánica 21 (2013)

Defining and Re-Defining Diaspora: From Theory to Reality. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2011 (pp. xxiv + 273, ISBN: 978-1-84888-064-1) (with Marianne David) Download Introduction. Reviewed in Journal of Intercultural Studies 36.1 (2015), Ethnic and Racial Studies 37.10 (2014), Diaspora Studies 7.1 (2014)

Developing Writing Skills in Spanish. London and New York: Routledge, 2011 (pp. xii + 372, ISBN: 978-0-415-59083-9) www.developingwritingskills.com (with Yolanda Pérez Sinusía and Marianne David). Reviewed in Bulletin of Spanish Studies 90.7 (2013), Hispania 96.1 (2013), Vida Hispánica 46.2 (2012), and Revista RedELE 23 (2011)

Speed up your Spanish. Strategies to Avoid Common Errors. London and New York: Routledge, 2009 (pp. xii + 260, ISBN: 978-0-415-49332-1) www.speedupyourspanish.com (with Marianne David and Olga Núñez Piñeiro). Reviewed in Hispania 95.2 (2012), Vida Hispánica 44.2 (2011), and Revista RedELE 19 (2010)

Editorship of Special Issues of Journals

Guest Co-Editor with Natividad Hernández Muñoz of a Special Issue entitled ‘El español en la era global: ideología, modelos de lengua y diseño curricular / Spanish in the Global Era: Ideology, Language Varieties and Curriculum Design,’ for the Journal of Spanish Language Teaching, 6.2 (2019) Journal Weblink. Download Introduction.

Guest Co-Editor with Martin McLaughlin of a Special Issue entitled ‘Ideology, Censorship and Translation across Genres: Past and Present,’ for Perspectives: Studies in Translation Theory and Practice, 24.1 (2016) Journal Weblink. Download Introduction.

Research Articles, Book Chapters, and Encyclopedia Entries

‘Research Engagement and Research Culture in Spanish Language Teaching (SLT): Empowering the Profession,’ Applied Linguistics, 43.5 (2022) 978-1005 (with Elisa Gironzetti) Article Weblink

‘Acquisition of Idiomatic Language in L2 Spanish.’ In Spanish Vocabulary Learning in Meaning-Oriented Instruction,  eds. Joe Barcroft and Javier Muñoz-Basols (Routledge, 2021: 62-88) (with Frank Boers) Article Weblink

‘Teacher Perceptions and Student Interaction in Online and Hybrid University Language Learning Courses.’ In Current Perspectives in Language Teaching and Learning in Multicultural Contexts, eds. Margarita Planelles, Alice Foucart and Juana M. Liceras (Thomson Reuters, 2020): 507-539 (with Elisa Gironzetti and Manel Lacorte) Article Weblink

‘Going beyond the Comfort Zone: Multilingualism, Translation and Mediation to Foster Plurilingual Competence,’ Language, Culture and Curriculum, 32.3 (2019): 299-321 Gold Open Access Article

‘El español en la era global: agentes y voces de la polifonía panhispánica,’ Journal of Spanish Language Teaching, 6.2 (2019) (with Natividad Hernández Muñoz) Article Weblink

‘¿Nos hacemos un/una selfie con la/el tablet? Cross-Linguistic Lexical Influence, Gender Assignment and Linguistic Policy in Spanish,’ Revista Signos. Estudios de lingüística, 52.99 (2019): 77-108 (with Danica Salazar) Article Weblink

‘Translation of Hispanic Comics and Graphic Novels,’ in The Routledge Handbook of Spanish Translation Studies, eds. Roberto A. Valdeón and África Vidal (London and New York: Routledge, 2019): 365-384 (with Enrique del Rey Cabero) Book Weblink

‘Selección y elaboración de materiales didácticos significativos,’ in Manual de formación para profesores de ELE, eds. Francisco Jiménez Calderón and Anna Rufat (Madrid: SGEL, 2019): 64-84 (with Elisa Gironzetti) Article Weblink

‘Expresión oral / Speaking,’ in The Routledge Handbook of Spanish Language Teaching: metodologías, contextos y recursos para la enseñanza del español L2, eds. Javier Muñoz-Basols, Elisa Gironzetti and Manel Lacorte (London and New York: Routledge, 2018): 198-212 (with Elisa Gironzetti) Article Weblink

‘Análisis y corrección de errores / Error Analysis and Error Correction,’ in The Routledge Handbook of Spanish Language Teaching: metodologías, contextos y recursos para la enseñanza del español L2, eds. Javier Muñoz-Basols, Elisa Gironzetti and Manel Lacorte (London and New York: Routledge, 2018): 94-108. (with Sonia Bailini) Article Weblink

‘Social Criticism through Humour in the Digital Age: Multimodal Extension in the Works of Aleix Saló,’ European Comic Art, 11.1 (2018): 107-128 (with Marina Massaguer Comes) Gold Open Access Article

‘Perfil laboral, formativo e investigador del profesional de español como lengua extranjera o segunda (ELE/EL2): datos cuantitativos y cualitativos,’ Journal of Spanish Language Teaching, 4.1 (2017): 1-34 (with Alberto Rodríguez Lifante and Olga Cruz Moya) Article Weblink

‘Human Memory and the Act of Remembering in Contemporary Iberian Graphic Novels,’ in The Routledge Companion to Iberian Studies, eds. Javier Muñoz-Basols, Laura Lonsdale and Manuel Delgado. (London and New York: Routledge, 2017): 652-670. (with Micaela Muñoz-Calvo) Book Weblink

‘Cross-Linguistic Lexical Influence between English and Spanish,’ Spanish in Context, 13.1 (2016): 80-102. (with Danica Salazar) Article Weblink

‘Enseñanza del lenguaje idiomático,’ in Enciclopedia de lingüística hispánica, ed. Javier Gutiérrez-Rexach. London and New York: Routledge (2016): 442-453. Article Weblink

‘La traducción de textos humorísticos multimodales,’ in La traducción. Nuevos planteamientos teórico-metodológicos, ed. María Azucena Penas Ibáñez. (Madrid: Síntesis, 2015): 159-184. (with Micaela Muñoz-Calvo) Book Weblink

‘Hacia una internacionalización del discurso sobre la enseñanza del español como lengua extranjera,’ Journal of Spanish Language Teaching, 1.1 (2014): 1-14. (with Micaela Muñoz-Calvo and Jesús Suárez García) Article Weblink

‘Phonological Jokes,’ in The Encyclopedia of Humor Studies, ed. Salvatore Attardo. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications (2014): 570-572. Book Weblink

‘Phonological Humor as Perception and Representation of Foreignness,’ in Irony and Humor: From Pragmatics to Discourse, eds. Leonor Ruiz Gurillo and Belén Alvarado Ortega. (Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2013): 159-188. (with Pawel Adrjan and Marianne David). Book Weblink

‘Consolidar el dominio de la lengua oral en los niveles C1-C2,’ Revista New Routes, 51, Disal: Brasil (2013): 44-47. (with Elisa Gironzetti and Yolanda Pérez Sinusía) Article Weblink

‘Cromatismo y percepción sensorial: nuevos indicios sobre la técnica compositiva de la novela Aura de Carlos Fuentes,’ Ars & Humanitas, 6.2, University of Ljubljana, (2012): 49-62. Article Weblink

‘Learning from the Past: The Legacy of Medieval Iberia for 21st Century Education,’ Teoría de la Educación: Educación y Cultura en la Sociedad de la Información, 13.1, Universidad de Salamanca (2012): 334-367. (with Marianne David)

‘On the Interrelationship between Sound and Meaning,’ in Con/Texts of Persuasion, ed. Beatriz Penas Ibáñez (Kassel: Edition Reichenberger, 2011): 179-192. Book Weblink 

‘Defining and Re-Defining Diaspora: An Unstable Concept,’ in Defining and Re-Defining Diaspora: From Theory to Reality. (Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2011): xii-xxiv. (with Marianne David) Article Weblink

‘The Sarajevo Haggadah: A Cultural Metaphor for Diaspora Studies,’ in Defining and Re-Defining Diaspora: From Theory to Reality. (Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2011): 251-270. (with Marianne David) Article Weblink

‘Los grafiti in tabula como método de comunicación: autoría, espacio y destinatario,’ Revista de Dialectología y Tradiciones Populares, 65.2, CSIC, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (2010): 389-426. Article Weblink

‘Más allá de la dicotomía del sic et non: inventio, dispositio y elocutio en el Libro de buen amor,Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, 87.4 (2010): 397-413. Article Weblink

‘Translating Sound-Based Humor in Carol Weston’s With Love from Spain, Melanie Martin: A Practical Case Study,’ in New Trends in Translation and Cultural Identity, eds. Micaela Muñoz-Calvo, Carmen Buesa Gómez and M. Ángeles Ruiz-Moneva (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008): 249-266.

‘Topografía e hipotiposis: dos tipos de rebeldía descriptiva con un propósito conjunto en Nada de Carmen Laforet,’ Neophilologus, Universiteit vam Amsterdam 89.2 (2005): 235-248. Article Weblink

‘The Sound of Humor: Linguistic and Semantic Constraints in the Translation of Phonological Jokes,’ SKY: Journal of Linguistics, University of Helsinki, 16 (2003): 239-246. (with Pawel Adrjan) Article Weblink

‘La funcionalidad de la adopción discursiva en La Celestina: de Melibea a Melilithbea,’ Celestinesca, Universidad de Valencia, 27 (2003): 107-124. Article Weblink

‘Tipografía y representación metatextual en algunas composiciones de Miguel Labordeta,’ Hybrido, The City University of New York, VI.6 (2002-2004): 79-85.

Translator: Shakespeare, el cine y los medios de comunicación (Shakespeare, Film and Media), MIT Open Course Ware (Boston, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2002)

Translator: Introducción a la lingüística (Introduction to Linguistics), MIT Open Course Ware (Boston, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2002)

Book Review

‘Moreno-Fernández, Francisco. 2018. Diccionario de anglicismos del español estadounidense (DAEE). Instituto Cervantes at Harvard University.’ Hispania 102.3 (2019): 444-446 Article Weblink 

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