Dr Lorena Salud Gadella Kamstra

Department of Language and Linguistics
Dr Lorena Salud Gadella Kamstra
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    4.206, Colchester Campus

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    Spring Term: Thursdays 12:00-13:00 (UK Time). Email me for a Zoom link.



Lorena Salud Gadella Kamstra (PhD, FHEA) was awarded Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy in July 2018. She has a PhD in English Language Teaching. The title of her doctoral thesis was "Analysis of EFL Teachers' (De)Motivation and Awareness in Spain". Her doctoral studies were funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). She has worked as an EFL Teacher Trainer and Language Teacher at the University of Essex in England, United Kingdom, since 2016. She is now a Lecturer in Linguistics (part-time) at the University of Essex where she coordinates MA programs involved in an international partnership. She also works part-time as a Teaching Associate in Applied Linguistics at the University of Nottingham. Her research interests are: teacher motivation and demotivation, reflective practices and teacher education.


  • PhD in English Language Teaching University of Essex, (2020)

  • (MA) Master en Formación del Profesorado de Educación Secundaria Obligatoria y Bachillerato, Formación Profesional y Enseñanza de Idiomas en la Especialidad de Lenguas Extranjeras I (Inglés) Universidad de La Laguna, (2014)

  • (BA) Grado en Estudios Ingleses Universidad de La Laguna, (2013)

Research and professional activities

Conferences and presentations

Teachers’ Challenges: Schools’ Context as a Demotivating Factor

British Association for Applied Linguistics 2021 Conference (BAAL 2021), 16/9/2021

Solutions to EFL Teachers’ Negative Professional Experiences and Demotivation: An Ecological Perspective

19th World Congress of Applied Linguistics (AILA 2021), Dryfta, 16/9/2021

EFL teacher demotivation: Challenges in the Spanish context.

32nd International Conference on Foreign/Second Language Acquisition (ICFSLA 2021), ICFSLA 2021, Katowice, Poland, 20/5/2021

EFL Teachers’ Understanding of the Concept and Importance of Motivation

38th International Conference of the Spanish Society for Applied Linguistics (AESLA), University of A Coruña, Spain, 14/4/2021

IHPC Teacher Wellness & Resource Series

Invited presentation, Keynote presentation, IHPC Teacher Wellness & Resource Series., Upland, Southern California, 4/2/2021

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Topics in the Psychology of Language Learning and Teaching (LG429)

  • Educational Leadership and Management (LG656)


Journal articles (2)

Gadella Kamstra, L., (2021). Improving EFL Teachers’ Professional Experiences and Motivation: An Ecological Approach. Teaching English as a Second Language Electronic Journal (TESL-EJ). 25 (1)

Gadella Kamstra, L., (2021). Transforming a methodological dilemma into a rewarding research opportunity. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 1-15

Book chapters (1)

Gadella Kamstra, L., (2021). Enriching Teacher Motivation by Improving Teacher Education: Inclusive and Reflective Training. In: Teaching Practices and Equitable Learning in Children's Language Education. Editors: Giannikas, CN., . IGI Global. 130- 150. 9781799864875

Reports and Papers (1)

Gkonou, C., Miller, ER. and Gadella Kamstra, L., (2020). The positive influence of teacher reflection on gaining emotional capital. OASIS Summary of Gkonou, C. & Miller, E.R. (2020) in TESOL Quarterly.

Thesis dissertation (1)

Gadella Kamstra, L., (2020). Analysis of EFL teachers’ (de)motivation and awareness in Spain

Other (1)

Gadella Kamstra, L., (2021).Responding to EFL teacher demotivation by engaging in reflection(36),IATEFL ELT Research

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