Carole MacDiarmid (Project Academic Lead)
Carole has been teaching English as to speakers of other languages for over 25 years and on teacher training and development courses since 1993. For many years she worked in Istanbul, Turkey but has been with the University of Glasgow since 2003. She is the English for Academic Purposes Manager (teacher development) and teaches on the MEd and MSc TESOL. Her particular interests are academic English and EAP teacher development. Carole is an assessor for the BALEAP Accreditation Scheme and a member of the BALEAP TEAP working party. More information about Carole can be found in her University web profile.
When reflecting on working on this resource, Carole said:
This was a very interesting project and one that I hope will be useful to both students on academic English courses or those about to embark on their academic programmes. We hope the resource will provide information on a range of aspect of academic writing.
Anna Rolinska (Project E-learning Lead)
Anna has 15 years of experience in teaching English as a Foreign Language. For the last 5 years, she has been based in Scotland teaching English for Academic and Specific Purposes to international students at the University of Glasgow. Due to her keen interest in learning technologies, she is also responsible for maintaining the English for Academic Study (EAS) virtual learning environment and making sure the students and colleagues make an effective use of it to enhance learning and teaching processes, including feedback and assessment. She trains teachers how to teach in online environments and has been part of projects harnessing the power of technology in higher and further education. More information about Anna can be found in her University web profile.
About her experience of creating this resource Anna said:
I enjoyed creating this resource as it certainly has the potential to help international students to better understand what is required of them when they are asked to write an academic essay. The resource helps them unpack the mystery at the time, pace and place they find the most convenient.
Carole and Anna both work at English for Academic Study (EAS), formerly the English as a Foreign Language Unit, at the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Glasgow.
Established in 1985, EAS has a long track record of designing and delivering courses that support the learning and teaching of English within the University of Glasgow. The Unit has extensive experience of collaboration with partners within the University to design courses specifically tailored for the needs of students in a wide range of disciplines, including the Fine Arts, Management, Accounting & Finance, Engineering, Medicine, and Urban Studies. It has considerable expertise in English language pedagogy and delivers postgraduate modules for the University’s MEd and MSc TESOL programme. Collaborations with partners outside of the University have produced a range of commercial English language courses designed to enhance the professional development of, among others, managers, school teachers, lecturers and Chevening scholars. Course design has been recognised as an area of particular strength by the British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes, the sector’s main accrediting body. The extent and quality of our in-house learning materials were deemed to ‘represent best practice’ in our last accreditation visit (July 2012).