I'm a teacher of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) at the Centre for Academic English. I deliver a range of workshops and courses for Imperial students and researchers which focus on effective academic STEMM communication. I'm a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
My responsibilities include teaching on the CfAE's doctoral writing and effective speaking courses. These courses are designed to support doctoral students at different stages of their careers at Imperial. On the Effective Speaking 2 course, for example, I coach first-year students preparing for their ESA viva. We look at voice control, tackling tricky questions, and dealing with nerves, among other topics. On the Writing a Research Paper course, I teach second- and third-year students aiming to publish their first journal article. I help train them to identify and imitate the key linguistic features of articles in their specific field.
I also coordinate the CfAE's 3-week pre-sessional course. This is an orientation course for undergraduate and postgraduate students who have already met the College's English language requirement but who wish to extend and enhance their academic skills in preparation for their first term at Imperial. My role involves designing and developing the syllabus as well as managing the programme. In 2020 I was heavily involved in reinventing the course as an online pre-sessional and I'm looking forward to reimagining the course once again in 2023 as an on-campus programme that retains some of the best practice developed over the last few years of digital delivery.
I joined the CfAE as a Teacher of English for Academic Purposes in 2015. Previously, I taught English for more than a decade in a range of institutions both in the UK and abroad; most notably, I taught on the pre-sessional programme at Durham University for five years.