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Tania Horak

Tania Horak

Lecturer in EFL/TESOL

School of Languages and Global Studies

Adelphi Building, AB147

+44 (0) 1772 89 3055

THorak@uclan.ac.uk

Tania Horák (BA Hons, CertTEFLA, MA, PhD, FHEA) is co-ordinator of the English as a Foreign Language for international students modules, which are available from the Language Academy, a section of the School of Language, Literature and International Studies (SoLLIS).

She teaches on BA and MA TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) courses, and various other teacher training courses, such as the Trinity CertTESOL summer intensive course.

She is also a member of the production team and research team of UCLAN Exam Board (another section of SoLLIS), which produces English language exams.

Her main areas of interest are foreign language testing/ assessment, teacher development and teaching English for academic purposes.

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She previously taught English as a foreign language abroad for many years in Spain, the Czech Republic, Germany, Bangladesh and China (Hong Kong). In Bangladesh she was also a teacher trainer on a British Council project (known as ELTIP) which aimed to improve secondary level state school English language teaching. She subsequently worked in Lithuania as ELT Project Manager for the British Council.

On returning to the UK she taught at Edge Hill University and at Lancaster University, where she also worked as a Research Associate on a TOEFL iBT impact study. She has been involved in various other projects including an IELTS impact study, and ones on the topics of aviation English and students’ meta-linguistic knowledge of grammar. Her PhD work at Lancaster University dealt with the impact of standardised exams, in particular the (UK) Skills for Life ESOL exams.

Publications

Jones, C & Horak, T (2014), Leave it out! The use of soap operas as models of spoken discourse in the ELT classroom, Journal of Language Teaching and Learning.

Wall, D and Horak, T (2011). The Impact of Changes in the TOEFL Examination on Teaching in a Sample of Countries in Europe: Phase 3, The Role of the Coursebook and Phase 4, Describing Change. ETS iBT-Research Series, Princeton: NJ, ETS.

Wall, D and Horak, T (2008) Coping With Change: Phase 2. ETS iBT-Research Series, Princeton: NJ, ETS.

Wall, D and Horak, T (2007) The Role of Baseline Studies, Assessment in Education, Volume 36, March Issue, 56-64.