I am a Lecturer in English for Academic Purposes. Prior to becoming a lecturer, I owned and ran an English language school in Madrid and wrote English Language Teaching (ELT) materials for Macmillan Publishers and Trinity College, London.
My higher education career began with teaching undergraduate courses in UK Business and Culture, Work placement skills and Academic English. After a few years, I taught postgraduate Academic English and I got involved with the organisation and teaching of the summer pre-sessional courses. In 2012, as part of my MA in Applied Linguistics and ELT (at King's College, London), I performed research on the academic requirements of different disciplines, and this led me to develop discipline specific materials for numerous courses at the University of Westminster. Since then, I have been involved in numerous research projects (see below). I understand the importance of sharing knowledge and for this reason, I present my research findings at conferences in the UK and abroad.
As a lecturer, my knowledge, energy and enthusiasm for my subject is reflected in my teaching. At present, I teach on the following modules: Academic Language for Disciplinary Study (undergraduate and postgraduate level)
Working at a Higher Education Institution, I realise the importance of research and scholarly activity and have taken part in projects that have contributed to both pedagogic practice and my own personal development.
In recent years, I have led and contributed to a number of projects with Westminster and with external organisations:
Academic presentations at conferences:
July 2018 Learning and Teaching Symposium, University of Westminster, Ipsative feedback (presented with Dr Richard Paterson, University of Westminster)
April 2015 BALEAP – University of Leicester, Tailoring presentation materials in accordance with the discipline: A genre-based approach
April 2014 Academic Writing Conference at Masarykova University, Brno, Teaching academic writing and developing materials using a genre based approach
Sep 2013 Academic Skills Conference at Masarykova University, Brno, How to teach writing to postgraduate students
May 2013 BALEAP – University of Nottingham, The development of discipline specific materials (presented with Kwab Asare, University of Westminster)
April 2013 Lexical Approach Conference, University of Westminster, Exploiting Academic Vocabulary (presented with Dr Richard Paterson, University of Westminster)
I have also been involved in the following research projects investigating:
2014 To what extent can a pre-sessional course help a student with their future studies (with Dr Paul Breen, University of Westminster)
2014 The existing usage of online resources with lecturers within WPLC with the aim to see how the department can improve the student experience (with Dr Julio Gimenez, University of Westminster)