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BA Philosophy, Nottingham MA TESOL, Bath CELTA and DELTA
After graduating with a degree in Philosophy from Nottingham
university, I completed my initial teacher training to teach English to
international students. My first contract was in Thailand where I taught
general English to primary school children in Bangkok, as well as taking part
in an initiative to teach English in smaller provincial schools around the
country. After returning to the UK, I then spent a number of years teaching
English (exam classes, general English, business English) at residential
schools in Swanage, Malvern, Shrewsbury and Bath.
I completed a combined Master's in TESOL and Diploma in
English language teaching in 2009 at Bath university. Following this, I taught
English for Academic Purposes at Bath university before moving to Oxford. My
first post in Oxford was as the manager of a university foundation programme at
a private language school.
I joined Oxford Brookes in 2011, firstly as an
associate lecturer on the pre-sessional summer course before becoming a
permanent member of staff later the same year.
My previous research has focused on the psychological issues international students face when studying in the UK. I worked on a collaborative project with a Student Support Coordinator entitled: ‘International Students and Mental Health: What does Culture Shock encompass?’ and we presented our paper at the Brookes Teaching and Learning Conference. We also led a seminar on this issue which was organised by OSMHN (Oxford Student Mental Health Network).
I am currently involved in a longitudinal research project looking into the effectiveness of pre-sessional programmes for preparing students for their future academic courses. The results of this will assist with future course development. I am also interested in the use of effective teaching methods and assignments to encourage learner autonomy and engagement of international students within UK Higher Education.