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Michelle Laufer

Principal Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics

+44 (0)20 7911 5000 ext 69097 lauferm@westminster.ac.uk University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London, W1B 2UW Wednesdays 12 - 2pm


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I was educated at Goldsmiths College, University of London (German and Education 1980) and the Institute of Education, University of London (MA TESOL 1991). I then went on to teach German and French at Secondary schools in Newham, Camden and Haringey for 10 years and have been at the University of Westminster since 1991.

Initially I taught and co-ordinated German on the Institution Wide Language Programme (IWLP) and the BA Modern Languages degree. I have also taught and co-ordinated English for Academic Purposes at various levels. Until September 2006 I was the Programme Director for the Institution Wide Language Programme.

During the 2006/2007 academic year, I coordinated a research project on the International Student Experience at the University of Westminster which was funded by the Quintin Hogg Trust. I am now the course leader for the MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and the MA TESOL and Creative Writing. I am also the Senior Tutor in the Department of English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies Formally a member of the Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies Languages Special Advisory Group, I am now Co-Director with Professor Debra Kelly of the London Region Network for Languages Project which delivers CPD to language teachers in Primary and Secondary schools.

I teach two of the core modules on the MA TESOL and MA TESOL and Creative Writing degrees. These modules are Current Developments in Language Teaching and Language and Learning:Description and Analysis. These modules include language acquisition, language teaching methodology, current developments in language teaching and learner autonomy.

I also run the dissertation module for the above two degree programmes. On the undergraduate programme I teach the Psycholinguistics module and am the module leader for a Teacher Training module.

Michelle’s research interests include multilingual education, first and second language acquisition and learner autonomy. In 2000 Michelle published the Multilingual Challenge (Via Afrika, Cape Town) I am a member of the British Association of Applied Linguists. I collaborate with the Havana University of Medical Sciences (Cuba) where I deliver training courses for English language lecturers who work in the medical schools.

This is a selection of publications, more can be found on WestminsterResearch, our online research repository.

The multilingual challenge

Laufer, Michelle (2000) The multilingual challenge. Schools with a view . Via Africa, Cape Town, South Africa. ISBN 9780799416473

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