Mr Ruben Chapela-Orri

Routes into Languages Cymru Project Officer, Teaching Assistant, Tutor



I was born in Girona, and finished my bachelor degree in Spain in 2004. I then completed an MSc in Marine Biology at Bangor University in 2005. After that, I returned to Girona where I gained my teaching qualification in 2007. My three big passions have always been science, the arts and teaching. As part of my science career development I have joined courses in Northern France (University Marie-Curie, Roscoff campus, conducting research on Ectocarpus fasciculatus and others) and Wales (School of Ocean Sciences, Menai Bridge, Bangor University), and worked for institutions such as CEAB-CSIC (Superior Scientific Research Centre, Costa Brava, Spain), IEO (Spanish Institute of Oceanography, Mediterranean Sea, where I conducted research on Helicolenus dactylopterus and others) and Girona University (Science Faculty, Spain), specializing in marine phytology and ichthyology. My MSc dissertation entitled Gwymon traethell ar Ynys Môn (Stranded Seaweed on the Isle of Anglesey) was awarded a Distinction in 2006 and it is stored at the National Library of Wales (Aberystwyth). I have also published several short stories in Catalan and received several literary awards. I have been involved in theatre acting, as well as in film-making and e-book writing (ranging in theme from the gothic, adventure, science-fiction and drama).

Teaching and Supervision


I was awarded Qualified Teaching Status for Wales and England in 2007 by EWC, and have been teaching Spanish at the School of Modern Languages and Cultures since 2009. Additionally, I have run Catalan and Spanish courses for several schools and institutions in North Wales, both through the medium of English and Welsh, as well as being TILT Foreign Language Tutors Coordinator. TILT (Training in Languages and Translation) was a work-based learning programme available to businesses in the private sector in Wales.

Currently I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy teaching language modules for the mainstream Spanish degree and for Lifelong Learning students. I am also involved in the training and mentoring of Bangor University Student Language Ambassadors and I am the MFL Student Mentoring Project School Lead.



  • MFL Student Mentoring Project School Lead.
    MFL undergraduates mentor year 8 & 9 pupils across Wales about the benefits of learning a modern foreign language at GCSE and help broaden horizons.
  • Routes into Languages Cymru North Wales Coordinator.
    Routes into Languages Cymru is a project aiming to encourage young people to study foreign languages and Welsh.
  • International School Linking Support Officer.
    Trying to increase engagement in international projects by primary and secondary schools in Wales.
  • Languages for All Supervisor.
  • Spanish tutor.

For more information about Routes Cymru and the MFL Student Mentoring Project, please visit our Community Engagement page

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