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Dr Tania Horák

Senior Lecturer in TESOL, Course Leader: MA TESOL with Applied Linguistics
School of Humanities, Language & Global Studies
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Tania has worked at UCLan since August 2010 before which she worked in both the UK and abroad teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) and teacher training in this subject. She maintains an active involvement in teacher development, currently working on the undergraduate and postgraduate TESOL programmes at UCLan. She also supervises PhD students working in the field of teacher development and language assessment. Her own PhD was in the field of washback.

Tania is the Course Leader for MA TESOL with Applied Linguistics and she teaches modules in Language Analysis and Testing & Assessment on this course, as well as teaching on our other postgraduate TESOL programme: MA TESOL. She is also a Teaching Practice tutor at undergraduate level, for the BA TESOL programme. Tania is also a member of the English language exam team, producing proficiency exams for our students requiring proof of their level of ability.

Before joining UCLan, Tania taught English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in the Czech Republic for four years at the University of West Bohemia, where she first became involved in teacher development. At various other points she also taught for short periods in Spain, Germany and Hong Kong. After completing an MA, she worked in Bangladesh for four years. In Bangladesh, after teaching at the British Council, she went on to work as a teacher trainer on a DFID-funded project which aimed to improve secondary level English teaching in the state sector (the ELTIP project). Subsequently, she worked in Lithuania as the EFL and Education Projects Manager for the British Council, before returning to the UK to begin her PhD studies while also working as a Research Associate on the longitudinal TOEFL IBT Impact Study with Dr, Dianne Wall at Lancaster University. She also worked on other short-term research projects with Prof. Charles Alderson at Lancaster University, including a Trinity Spoken Corpus project, a Metalinguistic Knowledge Project and an Aviation English Project.

  • PhD Applied Linguistics, Lancaster University, 2013
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2012
  • MA Applied Linguistics for English Language Teaching, Lancaster University, 1996
  • RSA CertTEFLA, International House, 1991
  • BA (Hons) European Studies, Hull University, 1987
  • Social impact of testing and assessment
  • Development of assessment criteria
  • Teaching and supporting academic writing
  • External Examiner: Liverpool University
  • Peer Reviewer of articles for Journal of Second Language Teaching and Research and Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice
  • Benchmarking Panel Member: CRELLA, University of Bedford