Spotlight on Modern Languages and Linguistics

Spotlight on Modern Languages and Linguistics aims to highlight the wealth of research work carried out in the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics at The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. We follow this vibrant team of dedicated staff through their insightful comments on teaching and research in Modern Languages and Linguistics in the Caribbean. Click on the photo or on our staff member's name to view the video interview.


Tyrone Ali


Tyrone Ali is a Lecturer in English Language in the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics. At The UWI, St Augustine, he coordinates the English Language Foundation Programme and is the Deputy Dean, Student Affairs in the Faculty of Humanities and Education. He has co-authored a series of textbooks for use in Caribbean Language Arts classrooms. This recipient of The President’s Medal for Teacher Education in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (1993) lists among his research interests Caribbean Literatures in English, Masculinity Studies, Gendered Language Use and Tertiary Level Writing by Caribbean students.

Dr Savrina Chinien


Dr Savrina CHINIEN is a lecturer in French and Francophone literature at The University of the West Indies, St Augustine campus. She is also an affiliate member of the research team CELFA (Centre for Linguistic and Literary Francophone and African Studies) at Bordeaux University as well as a member of the AFFC (African Federation of Film Critics). Her areas of interest and published articles focus mainly on Francophone literature and cinema in the Caribbean region and the Indian Ocean.

Dr Jairo A. Sánchez Galvis


Dr Sánchez Galvis is an Assistant Lecturer in Spanish. A native of Colombia, Jairo has lived in Trinidad & Tobago for over five years. Outside of the classroom, Jairo agrees with his wife María that their young family of two very active boys, both under the age of five, occupy most of their free time. Read more on

Dr Jo-Anne Ferreira


Dr Ferreira is a Lecturer in Linguistics. A member of SIL International, she is also the Secretary-Treasurer of the Society for Caribbean Linguistics (SCL). Her field training and research into minority, heritage and endangered languages have taken her from France to the Brazilian Amazon to the countries of the Gulf of Paria: Venezuela and her home, Trinidad & Tobago. Her languages of research include Trinidadian Portuguese, and Patois/Patuá of three countries. Read more on Languages matter!