BA (Hons), RSA CELTA, MA Applied Linguistics (Distinction), HEA Fellow
I have been an English language teacher and teacher trainer for twenty years, working in Canada, Japan and the UK in secondary and tertiary contexts. I have extensive experience, both at Lancaster University and the University of Cumbria, preparing students for studying at UK universities and designing, delivering and assessing modules, from pre-degree to post-graduate levels, in English Language, Modern Foreign Languages, English Language Teaching, English for Academic Purposes, Study Skills, Research Methods and Intercultural Communication. I have trained both pre-service and in-service English language teachers from around the globe and have acted as a personal tutor for many years, mentoring a range of home and international students and helping to ensure their personal and academic success.
As a Senior Lecturer, I have supervised and marked many Master's dissertations in TESOL and Education. I am an External Examiner at the University of Central Lancashire and have given conference talks and published journal articles on tutor feedback and assessment for learning. Currently, I am writing an ethnographic research methods book for international students and continuing my professional development with Dyslexia Action to support international students with specific learning differences. I am also doing research with Dr Anne Margaret Smith on the provision of services for international students with SpLDs in UK HEIs and collaborating with ELT well to provide training for language teachers.
RATIONALE AND APPROACH
I started Personal ELT primarily to support international students, researchers and academics operating in a second language and in an unfamiliar academic context. I recognised that many of my own former students could have benefited from an extra layer of support to help them achieve the academic and personal success they wanted from their limited time in the UK. I also witnessed many students underestimating their capabilities and potential. A personal mentoring service seemed the ideal way to meet these students' needs and help them achieve their goals.
My supportive and encouraging approach helps to build your confidence in your knowledge and use of English language. My focus on developing the English for specific purposes that you require at a point in time that you need it means that your sessions with Personal ELT will always be meaningful and purposeful to you. My commitment to learner autonomy ensures that you are developing knowledge and skills that you can apply to your future learning.
My teacher training service is designed with a similar focus in mind - pedagogically sound, purposeful and practical sessions with tips, techniques and resources for busy teachers to take away.
Read testimonials from former mentees and then contact me to discuss any of your language or teaching needs.