Empar Barranco Ureña (1964) studied English Philology at the University of Valencia where she also completed her PhD from the Department of English and German in 1999. She was a lecturer there in different periods from 1990 to 1997, teaching several courses on English and American literature. Her academic work focuses on North American women writers of the beginning of the 20th century and, apart from some articles, she has published a monograph on Willa Cather (PUV, 2008) and a translation with a critical study of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Women and Economics (PUV, 2008). Since 1989, she has taught English as a Foreign Language in different secondary schools in Valencia and has developed some research regarding teaching theory and practice and teacher’s training. She is a member of the group of educational innovation Mestre Ripoll, and has lately co coordinated a volume on good teaching practices (Innovación y práctica educativa: experiencias con buenos resultados, València: Nau llibres, 2011).