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Language Academy Staff

The teaching staff at the Language Academy are all qualified in their specialised area and will provide students with the knowledge, skillset, confidence and support needed to be successful.

Our staff have taught English all over the world and are now dedicated to helping international students coming to the UK improve their English language skills.

The transition to the UK and university life can be difficult at first, and our staff are always on-hand to help provide friendly support and guidance needed to make your UCLan experience as enjoyable as possible.

Here’s what some of our students have said about The Language Academy’s teaching staff:

“I had awesome teachers at the summer school. Their dedication and attention to every student fascinated me. It’s only thanks to them that I had such a magnificent summer.” Ramziddin Mansurov, summer school student, 2014

“All of our tutors were helpful, full of understanding and patient.” Joanna Mavridou, Autumn 2014

“I would like to thank all the staff at the summer school. They all helped me have a very enjoyable summer. I will never forget their kindness, friendship and politeness.” Muyassar Kurbanova, summer school student, 2014

Where have you worked before?

I’ve worked as an English Language teacher as well as a teacher-trainer in Sri Lanka, Thailand, Brazil, Germany, China, Spain, The UK and many more countries.

When did you start working at UCLan?

I started working at UCLan in 1997, originally as a teacher-trainer involved with the development of the School's international partnerships and courses for international students.

What do you enjoy about teaching in the language academy?

Meeting and working with international students and partners. The variety of programmes we offer such as the pre-sessional course and summer school ensures that there’s never a dull moment working here.

What are the most rewarding aspects of your job?

Seeing the students progress having achieved their goals and improved their English. Seeing international friends develop amongst students is also rewarding to see.

What would you recommend students do whilst in the UK?

Travel around the UK as much as you can. Meet as many people as possible and learn English outside of the classroom by talking to people around the city. And most importantly, enjoy yourself!

Where have you worked before?

Most of my work was in Turkey before I came to UCLan. I started off in private language schools like the Turko-British Association and then moved to work in Bilkent University School of English Language. I worked as a teacher before becoming a Level Coordinator responsible for curriculum development then took up the post of Curriculum Development Coordinator for the School. I worked closely with the Testing Development Coordinator and designed courses as well as working on text books.

When did you start working at UCLan?

I came to the UK in 2002 and started working at UCLan then.

What do you enjoy about teaching in the language academy?

I work on the language testing project – an area I’m really interested in. I like the development side of tests and I’m really interested in the assessment of writing.

What are the most rewarding aspects of your job?

Working with good colleagues and meeting lots of really interesting students.

What would you recommend students do whilst in the UK?

Get around. Remember you’re only here for a while so go out and see everything you can. Throw yourself into daily life and don’t worry about making mistakes of looking like an idiot sometimes. I’ve lived abroad and always felt the best way of learning was to make at least three language mistakes a day because you usually learned from it and got it right next time!

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

One of the great things about Preston is that it’s very easy to get around large parts of the UK using the train network – so make full use of that!

David Ridley

Where have you worked before?

I’ve worked just about everywhere before. I’ve worked in Hungary, Turkey and Spain (Madrid). I used to work for Preston College.

When did you start working at UCLan?

I started work at UCLan in 2014.

What do you enjoy about teaching in the language academy?

What I enjoy most about teaching in the language academy is that it is very teaching focussed. I know this might seem a strange thing to say but not all educational institutions are.

What are the most rewarding aspects of your job?

The most rewarding aspect of my job is student success. Helping students reach the level of English they need to go on and complete their studies.

What would you recommend students do whilst in the UK?

I would recommend students get out and visit as many places and take part in as many activities as they can.

Where have you worked before?

London, UK; Madrid, Spain; Budapest; Hungary; Sarajevo, Bosnia; Bangkok, Thailand; Tokyo, Japan; Hong Kong; and Manchester, UK.

I’ve worked as an English teacher, a Business English teacher; a teacher trainer and developer for Trinity Cert TESOL, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and in-service continuing professional development programmes, a materials writer for digital language learning courses; an examiner for IELTS and Cambridge examinations; an external examiner for a British University; a manager in English teaching centres and a senior lecturer and Assistant Director of Studies for The Language Academy at UCLan.

When did you start working at UCLan?

September 2001

What do you enjoy about teaching in the language academy?

Meeting and working with our students who are:

  • highly motivated to improve their English language,
  • keen to get involved with activities and projects at University
  • make the most of their time in the UK

I can see that many of our students are going to make a real difference in the future.

Working at a UK University - I also really like working at a University in The UK, we have so many resources and facilities that we can draw on for studying and leisure. We try to make the most of The University’s facilities as part of our courses. Our students and staff really benefit from what UCLan can offer.

Working in The Language Academy Team – it’s a great team to work in. Our teachers and staff are committed to supporting the students as best they can to get the best results possible.

After more than 20 years in the classroom and working in English Language Teaching, I am very happy teaching, designing and developing high quality courses and meeting new people.

What would you recommend students do whilst in the UK?

Be brave! Make friends with the people around you, you might be friends for life; try new things – food, activities, language! Get involved in clubs and societies – another great way to meet people, improve your English and make a difference. Plan you time so that you study hard but also have time to travel to places near and far! Be open – The UK may or may not be what you expected.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Keep in touch and come back again soon!

John Moggan


Where have you worked before?

In addition to working for my own company, Interp-Right Training Consultancy Ltd., as the English Language Tutor on our Diploma in Public Service Interpreting preparation courses, my work has also taken me various locations in the UK and Germany. Besides other universities, I have also worked for private clients and agencies providing on site business English tuition at all levels.

When did you start working at UCLan?

I started working at UCLan in August of 2014 on the Language Academy’s pre-sessional English Language programme.

What do you enjoy about teaching in the language academy?

The students are a joy to work with and I really do feel there is a great “team spirit” amongst the Language Academy teaching staff.

What are the most rewarding aspects of your job?

Witnessing the students’ overall confidence grow as they gradually improve their understanding and use of English is by far the most rewarding part of my job. I also get a tremendous amount of personal satisfaction when a lesson that has been painstakingly prepared goes particularly well.

What would you recommend students do whilst in the UK?

In the time they have available after their studies, I would recommend that they see and experience as much of the UK (and the rest of Europe) as they possibly can. They should use their English language skills wherever and whenever they can. And they should enjoy themselves.

Mel Carson


Where have you worked before?

I have previously worked in Spain teaching General English to adults and young learners. I’ve also taught in Business English in Germany and at summer schools in London.

When did you start working at UCLan?

I started working in admissions at UCLan in 2008 and have been working for the Language Academy since 2014.

What do you enjoy about teaching in the language academy?

Definitely teaching the students and working in an international environment.

What are the most rewarding aspects of your job?

Seeing the students gain confidence and develop their English across the year. It’s great to see some of the students who are quiet at the start of the year start contributing more in classes towards the end.

What would you recommend students do whilst in the UK?

Try eating a Lancashire hot-pot! Also, visit the Lake District!

Mo Shaikh



Where have you worked before?

I have worked in Tokyo, Japan and Seoul, South Korea.

When did you start working at UCLan?

I started working during my MA TESOL and Linguistics degree in February 2014

What do you enjoy about teaching in the language academy?

I love meeting new students from different parts of the world.

What are the most rewarding aspects of your job?

Teaching a variety of various subject led topics on the pre-sessional such as philosophy, history of mathematics, World hunger etc.

What would you recommend students do whilst in the UK?

Absolutely recommend going to the West End to watch some shows. Go to a Liverpool vs. Manchester United game. Walk in the Lakes. Visit Scotland. Visit Wales. Visit Ireland. Visit Europe.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

I once jumped out of a plane in a parachute to save lives!

Where have you worked before?

I first started teaching in a little town called Beroun, in the Czech Republic, in 2001. Then I went to New Zealand to teach in a language school in Auckland. After that, I moved to Cambridge for two years, where I taught IELTS and FCE, CAE classes. Then it was time to move ‘up North’ and I started as an Assistant Director of Studies in Manchester.

When did you start working at UCLan?

I came to UCLan in 2007 and since then I’ve been teaching on the TESOL degree (teacher training), the International Journalism English classes, the Wiser group and now I am also with the Language Academy.

What do you enjoy about teaching in the Language Academy?

I love that the Language Academy has such great teaching resources. We have projectors in every class which means I can make my lessons more motivating by having YouTube clips based on current topics to talk about. I also love being able to teach students of different nationalities. It means that we can do so many interesting activities learning about each other’s cultures I am also really pleased to be working with the team of teachers. They are a really great bunch of people!

What are the most rewarding aspects of your job?

I really enjoy being creative and putting lessons together that I think students will enjoy. I like to find out what students are really interested in. I’ll look on social media sites and find out what it is that everyone is talking about and then design lessons around it.

What would you recommend students do whilst in the UK?

So many things…too many to mention here. Definitely, go to Cambridge and go on one of the small boat/ punting trips along the river Cam, passing all the lovely universities. Another great thing to do is the Beatles tour and the World Museum in Liverpool. A trip to Edinburgh is something you should not miss out on and is very easy to get to from Preston!

Laura Walker

 

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Prior to moving to Preston I have taught Academic and General English at other UK universities and private language schools, and have worked abroad in
Austria, Russia and the Czech Republic.

I started working at UCLan in October 2014.

I love working with the international students at the Language Academy, they are a delight to teach. I am also lucky with the amount of support and camaraderie which exists among the teaching team here!

I think the most rewarding thing here is being able to help students achieve their full potential, and when you work with one group over the year you can really see students develop and improve their language and academic skills.

Find every opportunity to speak and listen to English, and make the most of the travel opportunities both in the UK and Europe. Don’t forget to visit beautiful North Wales!

Liz McGlynn


 

Where have you worked before?

I have previously worked in Germany, France and Spain teaching General and Business English to adults and young learners. I’ve also taught General and Academic English in London, Cardiff, Manchester and at summer schools in Blackpool where I grew up and I worked in Manchester as materials writer for digital language learning courses. I also teach ESOL and German and support dyslexic students in Carlisle, where I now live. Additionally I’ve spent a number of years working in local and national newspapers as a sub editor.

When did you start working at UCLan?

I’ve been working for the Language Academy since 2014.

What do you enjoy about teaching in the language academy?

The students, colleagues and facilities and working in an international environment where there is always so much to learn about each other.

What are the most rewarding aspects of your job?

I love seeing the students make international friends, gain in confidence and improve their English abilities. I love hearing about their cultures and having lively discussions about how life is very different in their home country!

What would you recommend students do whilst in the UK?

See as much of it as you can. Try and immerse yourself in the culture and practise your English as much as possible. Watch English ‘telly’, enjoy English sports and pastimes and make the most of the opportunities presented to you at UCLan. Preston is brilliantly placed for getting away from it all. Buy a student railcard or hire a car with friends and travel, travel, travel! Stay in youth hostels and save money; there are some fantastic ones out there.

My personal recommendations are Manchester, Liverpool, London, BLACKPOOL (!) not forgetting the natural beauty to be found in The Lake District, Scotland and Wales.

Angelos Bakogiannis


 

Where have you worked before?

I have been actively involved in English Language Teaching since 1998 having taught on various courses (General English, Business English, Exam Preparation Classes, English for Academic Purposes and Study Skills) at different settings and language levels in Greece, Saudi Arabia and the UK.

When did you start working at UCLan?

I started working at UCLan in July 2015.

What do you enjoy about teaching in the language academy?

Getting the chance to meet and teach students from all over the world and work with an excellent team of highly experienced and supportive colleagues.

What are the most rewarding aspects of your job?

Definitely helping students to achieve their goals

What would you recommend students do whilst in the UK?

Make the most out of the experience for as long as it lasts!