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Summary: Director, Languages for All
Location: Michael Sadler
Teaching Commitments: In-sessional bespoke courses (School of Design, School of Media & Communication); FLAs
Areas of responsibility
Since 2008 I have been responsible for the team of staff who deliver the language discovery modules offered by Languages for All.
From 2010-2013 I was the Theme Leader for Language and Intercultural Understanding, one of 10 discovery themes which represent the breadth of the University's discovery modules as part of the Leeds Curriculum.
From January - December 2017 (0.1 FTE) I will be co-leading a Teaching Enhancement Project with my colleague, Dr Karen Llewellyn, awarded by the Leeds Institute of Teaching and Excellence (LITE). The project is a student-staff collaborative evaluation of the value of Broadening and specifically the case for language learning as part of the Leeds Curriculum.
Areas of professional interest
Teaching academic skills to international students; independent learning; curriculum design and assessment; teacher development; leadership and management; UKPSF mentoring
I have been actively engaged in language learning since graduating from the University of Aberdeen with an MA in French and completing a PGCE at the University of Warwick. I taught French and German in a secondary school in North Yorkshire before moving to Japan to teach English. In my spare time I studied Japanese and passed Level 2 of the Japanese Proficiency Test. My first contact with the Language Centre was as a teaching fellow (1994-2000) when I taught EAP on a variety of courses. I left to take up the post of Senior Tutor with the International Foundation Programme at the University of Reading (2000-2003). I was largely responsible for the design and delivery of the Academic Skills module.
Chartered Manager (2015) - CMgr MCMI - and HEA Senior Fellow (2015) - SFHEA
Secretary/Treasurer for the Association of University Language Centres (AULC) - 2010-2017
External Examiner - IWLP (Institution Wide Language Programme), University of Newcastle (2014 - present)
External Advisor - Internal Quality Audit, Language Learning Unit, Keele University (Sept 2015)
External Examiner - International Foundation Programme, UCL, and the University of Newcastle
Co-author - UCML-AULC Survey of Institution Wide Language Provision in universities in the UK (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)