Cathy D'Abreu

  • cdabreuUniversity Teacher

    Email: cdabreu@brookes.ac.uk
    Tel: +44 (0)1865 483883

    BA (Joint Hons.) in English and Drama, Goldsmiths, University of London
    RSA Cert TEFLA, RSA Dip TEFLA.

  • I joined Brookes in 2009 as an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Lecturer and now have a full-time post teaching EAP on a range of Pathway courses including the International Foundation Diploma, the University English Programme and Pre-master's courses. I am also Academic Adviser to students on the University English programme.

    Prior to my role here, I spent many years teaching in Spain helping develop an immersion programme for an international school, as well as writing English language teaching (ELT) materials and running drama workshops.

    I am very passionate about engaging both students and staff on environmental issues and working towards collaborative ways of embedding sustainability into our work and worldviews.

    I module lead the Pre-masters U70364 Seminar and Interview Skills, U70359 Reading and Research with Critical Thinking and U70370 Managing Yourself modules, as well as U72303 Academic Listening and Speaking Level 1, on the University English programme.

    Previously course leader for the IELTS summer programme, I also teach on the Intercultural Communication for the Foundation programme and lecture on sustainability issues on the University English programme.

    I am presently studying an MSc in Education for Sustainability, which looks at the philosophy and psychology of learning and teaching and how this supports or undermines ecological sustainability.

    My particular area of interest involves looking at how to embed sustainability in Higher Education and the barriers to doing so. I am also interested in the language of climate change communication and how this effects engagement.

    I also enjoy developing and writing teaching materials. I have written a series of ELT course books and pedagogical guides for Younger Leaners of English, as well as teacher training materials for OUDCE online teacher training courses for Oxford University.

    OTA - Online Teacher Training courses, Oxford University Department of Continuing Education, Oxford University Press, 2014.
    Spanish, French.