Kyara Rojas Bustos


Kyara Rojas Bustos  

Role

  • Full-time Lecturer for BA Early Childhood Studies at London Metropolitan University

Prior to joining the team, Kyara worked as a HE lecturer contributing to primary education and early childhood studies in three different institutions in London (University Centre Croydon, University of Chichester and Goldsmiths College).

She has been actively involved in multi-disciplinary programmes like BA (Hons) Education, Culture and Society, BA in Education, BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies, PGCE in Primary Education-Modern Foreign Language, Foundation Degree in Early Years and more recently as tutor and assessor for the Early Years Teacher Status. Kyara has also had experience lecturing in higher education in Chile for four years in linguistic studies and special educational needs.

Qualifications 

  • Masters Degree in Linguistics, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Instituto de Letras
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Physical Educatinon for Primary Educations, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Educación
  • Honours Degree in Education, Universidad Metropolitana de Ciencias de la Educación.  Santiago de Chile.
  • Teaching Qualification in Special Educational Needs, Universidad Metropolitana de Ciencias de la Educación.  Santiago de Chile.

Since her undergraduate studies, Kyara has focused her interest on language learning and development with an emphasis in early language and literacy and Specific Language Difficulties. From 1997 to 2001, she had the great opportunity of working with children with specific language difficulties (aged 3 to 8) and, during that time, led an initiative for ‘early identification’.

This work involved different professionals from the educational and health sectors (speech and language therapists, nurses, community nurses, teachers, social workers and doctors). As a result, Kyara published a handbook to guide early language assessment during children’s review (0- 5 years old) and to advise parents to foster language development. 

In November 2001, she moved to London and the multilingual issues appeared as a whole new field for her. This subject became Kyara's new passion. She started to work with two young children whose first language was Spanish (which was also her first language). However, soon after Kyara realised that hundreds of languages are spoken in some parts of England and asked herself the question - how can we support languages that we do not speak? She set out to find the answer.

Kyara's PhD research focuses on the practices, perceptions and attitudes of early years practitioners with regard to language/s. In 2007, she presented a paper at the BERA conference which examined the process of (re)constructing a bilingual identity of young Chinese children and the extent to which the expectations of their parents positively contributed to such a process.

Articles

2013 -Disposition towards Languages in Early Years in England. Paper presented at Children’s Identity and Citizen in Europe Research Student Conference: Identities and citizenship education -Controversy, crisis and challenges. Lisbon June 2013.  The paper will be published on the Selected Papers Conference Book. 

2002- Micro-conocimiento Pragmático (The pragmatic competence). Article for a national magazine for teachers. Published by Revista Pedagógica REPSI No 62 año 11, jul/ago, pag 6-11, Santiago, Chile.

2002- Las Habilidades Linguísticas Infantiles (Children’s linguistic abilities). Article for a national magazine for teachers. Published by Revista Pedagógica REPSI No 61 año 11, may/jun, pag 2-8, Santiago Chile.

2001- Programa para la Estimulación del Lenguaje Infantil (Programme for supporting language). A handbook for professionals in the Health Service to assess language development and advise parents during child’s review.Published by Servicio de Salud Metropolitano Norte, Santiago de Chile.

Conference Papers

2013- Dispositions towards languages in Early Years Provision (England).  CiCe 8th Annual Research Student Conference and Workshop, the University of Lisbon, 12-13 June 2013.

2007- Temporary resident Chinese children attending nursery in the UK: (re) constructing identity.  M da Costa, Cunningham-Rojas K, Bai, L., BERA Annual Conference, Institute of Education, University of London.

2000- Pedagogical Strategies for supporting Children with Specific Speech and Language Needs. Congreso Internacional de Educación: “Educación sin Fronteras”.  Departamento de Educación Especial, Universidad Católica de Temuco, Temuco, Chile.

1998- Provision for Children with Speech and Language Needs in Special SchoolsFirst Intra-Service Meeting in the National Health Service, SNS - Santiago-Norte (National Health Service), Chile.

Kyara Rojas Bustos

Lecturer for BA Early Childhood Studies 

k.rojasbustos@londonmet.ac.uk