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Andrea Taberner

Senior Lecturer and Course Leader

School of Languages and Global Studies

Adelphi Building, AB037

+44 (0) 1772 89 3847

AMTaberner@uclan.ac.uk

Andrea Taberner (nee Turner) (BA(Hons) German & Spanish, PGCE in TEFL, DMS, MBA with Merit) has worked as a member of academic staff at the University of Central Lancashire since 1992. She is a linguist and teacher which has involved spending considerable time abroad. She was a fully trained and active commercial retail branch manager (with responsibility for over 70 members of staff in a busy London store) before embarking on a career in Higher Education.

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Andrea completed a four year undergraduate honours degree in German and Spanish in Bristol. She graduated with a 2:1 Hons. Degree. At university she won the Student of the Year Dissertation Prize and a Distinction in her spoken German for which she performed liaison-and simultaneous interpreting. During her third year abroad she worked for the Springer Verlag (Publishing) in West Berlin in the International Accounts Dept. Andrea then spent the second six months in Madrid, where she attended the Universidad Complutense in Moncloa. During this period she also taught EFL for a Language Agency and taught privately at McDonnell Douglas Madrid.

On leaving university she embarked on an 18 month graduate retail management training programme with C&A. This was completed and she was then asked to become an active Branch Manager on a fully mobile contract. She worked all over the British Isles for a further two years.

In 1991-1992 she trained to be a teacher in Birmingham and obtained a PGCE in TEFL as a major subject with German /Spanish and studied RSA Diploma. Four months were spent in Barcelona where she did her assessed TEFL teaching practice at the ‘Idiomas Padre Manyanet’ Secondary Catalan School.

Andrea’s first post as a teacher/lecturer was in 1992 at the University of Central Lancashire, which was then Preston Polytechnic. She taught predominantly Business German at all levels, coordinated the German Electives Programme and taught some Spanish. In 1993 she went to Goethe Institut- Manchester and completed a Diploma in Business German awarded by the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry. In 1997 she moved from the German section of the Dept. of Languages and International Studies to the English as a Foreign Language section.

In 1996 she embarked on a further postgraduate qualification, which would underpin her commercial business management training hitherto. The Diploma in Management Studies was done on a part-time basis and completed in 1998. Thereafter she successfully completed a Masters in Business Administration with Merit in 2000 and was awarded a Distinction for her research project in Marketing Higher Education. This subject remains of research interest.

She has taught many different modules/courses over the years: all levels of Business German, Spanish, EFL, International Business Communication, Cross Cultural Studies, TESOL, Management in the Workplace, Research Methods, Marketing, Finance and Accounting.

Andrea is a member of the Association of MBAs , ILTHE and attends the International Association for Languages and Intercultural Communication whenever possible.

Teaching Activities

1999-2005 Andrea was the Course Leader for the Global English for International Business direct entry third year. This involved international students going to America to study International Business & Trade at American University in Washington DC during semester one, and then they came to Preston for the remainder of the academic year. The calibre of the students on this course was high. Other areas taught are business, cross-cultural theory, research methodology and TESOL.

 

2007-8 Andrea was IBC Coordinator Course Leader Year 3 Direct Entry. UCLan was British Council accredited in January 2008.

2008-10 Andrea was on a two year contract as Principal Lecturer for IBC in Preston.

Aside from work-related subjects she is passionate about design, whether it is architectural or interior. Andrea has studied many design courses at evening school over the years. In 2004 she completed two modules on a Masters in Interior Design and was entered into the North West Duncan Sheard Glass Student of the Year competition and won First Prize.