Dr Ana Martins

Multi-disciplinary learning

Name Dr Ana Martins



Lecturer in Portuguese 

College College of Humanities

Interdisciplinary learning in Modern Languages

“I think it’s really important for students to have an awareness of other disciplines and fields of thought when studying a language…Language is everything but neutral so the language class is the ideal place to start thinking about gender difference and racial difference”.

Ana frequently draws upon popular culture, literature and media in her teaching, using a number of methodologies, including feminist and postcolonial theory, to encourage her students to consider the relevance of historical and contemporary materials.  “Students who have been practicing different methodologies [in multiple disciplines]… end up being much better at divergent thinking: thinking about a problem from various different perspectives… [which is useful when thinking about] global challenges.”

Many Modern Languages students also opt to take modules from other disciplines. As Ana explains: “There are huge benefits of taking modules in other disciplines beyond students’ core discipline. The greatest advantage is that students who do that, and engage with multi-disciplinary learning, become much better equipped at engaging with problems and looking at problems from various different perspectives.”

Aim 6: Multi-disciplinary learning for global challenges 

To provide all students with the opportunity to explore the relevance of different disciplines to contemporary challenges facing the world

The value of interdisciplinary learning

"The language class is the ideal place to start thinking about gender difference and racial difference".