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Summary: Currently teaching English for Academic Purposes to post-graduate students, co-ordinating the Foreign Language Assistants’ Course and collaborating on the South West Jiaotong University (SWJT) project
Location: Room 3.01b, Parkinson Building
Qualifications and Biography:
MA Race & Resistance - History (University of Leeds)
MA Linguistics & English Language Teaching (University of Leeds)
PGCE Post Compulsory Education & Training (University of Leeds)
CertTESOL (TEFL/Trinity College Certificate) (Leeds Metropolitan University)
BA English & History (Leeds Metropolitan University)
Higher Education Academy Fellow
Teaching and Leadership:
I have taught English for Academic Purposes on a variety of courses to both postgraduate and undergraduate students at Leeds University since October 2008. I manage the Foreign Language Assistants Course and was the Level 2 Module Leader - Academic English for Postgraduate Studies (AEPS) - prior to collaborating on the joint school project between the engineering department and the SWJT University. This entailed spending approximately two months in China which included 6 weeks teaching in Chengdu. I was the lead in developing and delivering the Academic Communication module for the Academic English for Postgraduate Studies programme. I am now developing and teaching a module for Language in Context (LinC) on sustainability.
My teaching experience also includes Academic English at Durham University and the International Foundation Course at Leeds Metropolitan University. I have also taught English for the British Council in Beirut where I was also involved in developing and delivering professional development training to Palestinian and Lebanese teachers.
Prior to moving into the education sector, I spent several years working in the broadcasting industry. My time in television gave me extensive business and media experience and an in depth knowledge of programme making particularly in the documentaries, features and factual entertainment departments.
Teaching Enhancement Work:
- In partnership with international and home students, I am currently organising filming audio/visual resources for SWJT and Language Department students.
- I initiated SWJT students to meet and connect with international students on campus; this has resulted in language exchange partnerships.
- I am a member of the Foreign Language Assistants' Committee. An aspect which entails organising extra curricula activities and various initiatives that 'add value' e.g. enabling returning year abroad undergraduate language students to collaborate with native speakers of French, Spanish and German.
- I am involved in mentoring. I have mentored colleagues and PhD students new to EAP teaching and teaching in general, respectively. I have also mentored groups of international and home students on the Intercultural Ambassador programme.
- I have taken responsibility to progress the Universitys Sustainability and Green Impact initiatives in the department by involving student interns from across the University and language students in the department.
My research interests in education are varied. They include issues around student identity, engagement and internationalisation as well as classroom research covering aspects such as academic reading/ writing and digital literacies. I have conducted several small scale action research based projects concerning student engagement and digital resources. Currently, I am involved in a couple of research studies with respect to formative feedback and SWJT students engagement and identity. I am also collaborating with a student on a piece of research on international students socialisation with domestic students.
I am also working with a colleague from Durham University on a joint project concerning Critical EAP in the classroom which is influenced by Sarah Benesch's, Critical English for Academic Purposes: Theory, Politics and Practice.
My interests also extend to oral history, memory and archive whereby enabling the absent silenced to be accorded a voice. At the moment, I am exploring opportunities with colleagues for a Sadler Seminar Series proposal on the theme of Archiving voices and lives from the margins and investigating collaboration with the 1947 Partition Archive.
Conferences & Publications:
Kaur, K. (forthcoming), 'Crossing borders...shifting sands', Language Education Across Borders, University of Graz, Austria, 8-10 December 2017.
Kaur, K. (forthcoming), 'Enhancing International Student Experience Through Audio Formative Feedback', Innovative Ideas for Enhanced Student Engagement, University of Reading, 15 July 2017.
Kaur, K. (2017) ''Full Steam Ahead At BALEAP': A Review of the BALEAP Bristol 2017 Conference', The Leeds Language Scholar Journal [ONLINE] languagescholar.leeds.ac.uk, issue 1. Available from: http://languagescholar.leeds.ac.uk/full-steam-ahead-at-baleap-a-review-of-the-baleap-bristol-2017-conference/
Kaur, K. (2013), Developing Environmental Perspectives Through Self-Directed Learning, Student Education Bulletin, Issue 8: 8-9.
Kaur, K. (2013), Qualitative Research in Language Education: Report on a Workshop by David Nunan, ELT Research, Issue 28: 31-32.
Critical Engagement Through Global Citizenship, Student Education Conference, University of Leeds, with Alison Leslie January 2013.
How do students writing skills compare when working alone and when working collaboratively? English Language Connections Conference, Leeds Metropolitan University, 20-21 May 2011.
One Size Fits All Poster Presentation at BALEAP Professional Issues Meeting How Low Can We Go Issues, Insights and Innovations, University of Bristol with M. Parkin, J. Poole & C. Poulson - 12 February 2011.
June 2017 - Shortlisted for the University of Leeds Sustainability Awards in the category of 'Building Knowledge and Capacity' for introducing, developing and producing a bank of authentic listening materials on the concept of sustainability, primarily to be utilised in the English module of the University of Leeds Engineering degrees at the South West Jiaotong University - Leeds Joint School in Chengdu.