As a highly experienced English as a Second/Foreign Language teacher and teacher-trainer, Karen teaches on the MA and BA TESOL programmes. She specialises in Research Methods and supervises undergraduate and postgraduate projects. Karen’s research interests include uneven language competency and psychological aspects of instructed second language acquisition.
Karen currently leads our MA TESOL programme. However, her role includes preparing and assessing students for Teaching Practice as part of the Trinity Certificate in TESOL qualification. This is embedded within our TESOL programmes. She is also Module Lead for Project Planning & Research Methods on the BA programme, and the Dissertation triple module on the MA programmes. She has significant responsibility for supervising dissertations and independent research projects.
Karen joined us in 2008. She spent the previous twelve years teaching English and delivering teacher training in Portugal, New Zealand, and UK summer schools. She has taught learners of varying ages and first language backgrounds, with differing needs for English. She also has experience teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and English literacy in UK Further Education.
Karen’s role was initially split between the TESOL BA & MA programmes and co-ordinating student academic support across the University (2008-2018). As part of this, she gained expertise in developing students’ academic literacy and critical-thinking skills. This was in tandem with providing guidance and support for academics to embed these elements within their modules. Since 2011, she has mentored colleagues wishing to become a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, leading to becoming a Senior Fellow herself in 2016.
Now focussed fully within TESOL, she continues to develop her expertise in teacher training and research methods. Her research focuses on uneven language competency and learners' self-efficacy beliefs, with a view to improving teaching practice within the field of English for Specific and Academic Purposes. She continues to mentor colleagues seeking professional recognition.
- Diploma English Language Teaching to Adults, International Teaching & Training Centre, Bournemouth, 2006
- Maîtrise Français Langue Etrangère, Université Lumière Lyon 2, 1996
- P.G.C.E. Modern Languages, Lancaster University, 1996
- B.A. (Hons.) European Languages, University of Wales Aberystwyth, 1995
- Academic development
- CPD of language teaching
- Academic literacy
- Profiling second language learners
- Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
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