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I have been involved with international education since September 2007, when I took on my initial CELTA training.  Therefore, I have a keen interest in international education and the support of international students, especially in the delivery and assessment of EFL, EAL, EBP, ESP and EAP oriented courses for work-based and higher education purposes.

My work has covered many bases, as I have engaged with differing courses, at a variety of levels, from GCSE history to postgraduate business programmes, however the last ten years have mostly focussed on academic and pastoral support within higher ed - business based programmes.

My hope is to further engage with this area of interest via collaborative projects within, and external to, my current workplace.  Working as a support tutor for postgraduate LLM and MSc students will now hopefully provide me with the opportunities to tailor and adapt my provision accordingly.

My last in-depth research project was an analysis of applying the UKPSF to the Chinese HE teaching context and I do hope to expand my knowledge on such areas of interest by engaging in further international projects.

Employment

LLM/MSc Academic Support Tutor, Work & Organisation Department, Aston University - December 2023 – to present

Tutor of English, On Campus Aston, Aston University, Birmingham, UK - August 2021 – December 2023

Teacher of English as an Additional Language, RAK Academy, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE - August 2019 – August 2021

Lecturer in Business and English as a Foreign Language, The Business School, University of Gloucestershire, UK @ Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Guangzhou, China - March 2014 – August 2019

Teacher of English for Academic Purposes, Foundation Campus Birkbeck College, University of London, UK - January 2014 – March 2014

Teacher of English for Academic Purposes, The Language Centre, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK - July 2013 – September 2013

English Language/Intercultural competency trainer, Samsung Group/Starbucks Korea/Bayer AG/Standard Chartered, Seoul, Republic of Korea - February 2012 – September 2012

English Language Teacher, Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education, Gwangnam High School, Seoul, Republic of Korea - February 2010 – February 2012

English Language Teacher, Mapo SLP Foreign Language Institute, Seoul, Republic of Korea - February 2008 - February 2012

Sales & Export Manager, Earache Records Ltd, Nottingham, UK - September 2000 – May 2005

Teaching Activity

2021-2023:

General English language test preparation for foundation level post/undergraduate Engineering, Business, Law, Computing students

Employability and Academic English and study skills guidance for foundation level under/postgraduate students

2019-2021:

GCSE History, Geography and English as an Additional Language support for Key stages 7-10 international students.

2014-2021:

General English language support, academic Study skills, foundation business studies provision for level 3-6 Chinese students.

Teacher training for Chinese English language teaching staff.

Language and intercultural competency support for employees of various state owned and private entities within China.

2012-2014:

English language and academic study skills support for under/postgrduate international students in UK HE institutions.

2008-2012:

Teacher training for South Korean English language teaching staff.

Language and intercultural competency support for employees of various state owned and private entities within South Korea.

English language and academic study skills support for Korean young learners and high school students.

Membership of Professional Bodies

Fellow of the HEA

Research Interests

International Education

International Relations

Intercultural Communication/Competence

Academic Support Strategies

English Language Education

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

Education/Academic qualification

FHEA, Fellowship of Higher Education Academy/Advance HE, HEA

3 Sept 20188 Apr 2019

Award Date: 8 Apr 2019

Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP), University of Gloucestershire

3 Sept 201814 Mar 2019

Award Date: 14 Mar 2019

MA, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), University of Leeds

3 Sept 201219 Jul 2013

Award Date: 27 Nov 2013

Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA), Cambridge Assessment English

8 Oct 200714 Dec 2007

Award Date: 14 Dec 2007

BA, Film & Video, University of Derby

7 Sept 199822 Jun 2001

Award Date: 22 Jun 2001

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