The Academic English Team is part of the Library and Learning Innovation Department based in the 3rd-floor library office. We run Pre-sessional English courses for future Coventry University London students, the Academic English Programme for current students, a range of academic and language skills Spotlight Workshops, and three different One-to-One Tutorials to help you with your English language and academic writing skills.
Born in Italy and raised in New Zealand, Kelly is an international hybrid English language expert with over eight years teaching experience around the world. Her love of travel and passion for exploring different cultures have taken her to Italy, Vietnam and Portugal, where she lived, worked and studied the local languages. With a degree in political science and a PG Diploma in English Language Teaching, she has taught a range of levels and ages, including business and IELTS courses in some of the most reputable and well-known language centres around the world, including the British Council.
When the opportunity arose to move to London, a melting pot of culture, she couldn’t resist. After teaching on an international foundation programme at King's Education and a pre-sessional at UCL, she joined Coventry University London, where she leads the Language Skills Team. Her main role is to support international higher education students to develop the language and study skills they need to succeed in a competitive academic environment. In her free time she loves reading, cooking and salsa dancing.
Originally from Portugal, Cristiana studied English Language and Literature at University and has always loved the language and culture of the UK. She had been an English teacher in Portugal for over 8 years when she decided to come to England for what was supposed to be a 3-month study break. After nearly a decade, Cristiana is still living and working in the UK, having in the meanwhile completed the Cambridge Certificate and Diploma in English Language Teaching and a post-graduate in Teaching English for Academic Purposes.
Before working for Coventry University London, she was an English Teacher and Director of Studies in a British Council accredited language school, where she enjoyed working with students from all over the world. She also worked as a pre-sessional tutor in Southampton University and taught Portuguese at Reading University.
She’s a technology enthusiast and enjoys finding ways to make learning more interactive and engaging. In her free time she likes yoga, travelling and listening to music.
Originally from the North Island of New Zealand, Joshua has been living and working in London for the past 5 years. He currently teaches on the Pre-Sessional, Spotlight and Academic English Programmes and enjoys meeting all the students from around the world who study at Coventry University London.
Since finishing a BA in English and an MA in Teaching, Joshua has spent the last 12 years teaching English to a wide variety of students around the world including in Japan, New Zealand and the UK. In addition to teaching Pre-Sessional and Academic English, he has also taught IELTS, Cambridge Exams (FCE / CAE / CPE) and Business English classes. Before becoming a teacher, Joshua spent a few years working in marketing and almost 7 years working as a chef in restaurants in New Zealand and the UK. He still enjoys cooking as a hobby, particularly Japanese, Italian and Scandinavian food.
When not teaching, Joshua is usually to be found travelling, drinking coffee, or catching a play in one of the many theatres around London.
Sania has taught English in a variety of settings for over 20 years. She has worked as a tutor on both the Pre-sessional course and Academic English programme at Coventry University London.
Prior to her current role, Sania was the Senior Lecturer and IELTS Co-ordinator at English Language Training, a British Council School in London. She has extensive experience in teaching the Cambridge Suite exams, including FCE, CAE and CPE, and in business English. She lived and worked in Madrid for 4 years where she taught senior executives at Spanish Vogue, BBDO International Advertising Agency and Mitsubishi Motors. She has also taught at Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., Shell, and Diageo.
Sania also has experience in teacher training and has worked as an interlocutor for Cambridge University in the ESOL Department. Born and raised in London, she studied Classical Civilisation at Royal Holloway, University of London, and still has a passion for ancient history. She enjoys cooking, travelling, and spending time with friends and family.
After working for fifteen years in the interior design industry, Rob decided to go into education and teaching, taking a first class honours degree at the Open University then an MA at UCL where he read English literature. After completing his teacher training, his first job was in the public sector, working for City and Islington College where he taught a culturally diverse range of students advanced English language skills. Enjoying the experience, he took a job working for Berlitz, the international language school and began teaching Academic English at Coventry University London in 2013. Rob is currently researching for a PhD which he hopes to complete in the summer of 2018. He enjoys watching football, listening to music, going to the gym and reading twentieth century fiction.
Sean originally comes from Durham in the north east of England. He studied English Language & Linguistics at Northumbria University in Newcastle, during which he specialised in Language Acquisition and Varieties of English. He completed his teacher training qualification in 2011 and started teaching English at a language school in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
After teaching general English and IELTs courses to Vietnamese students in Ho Chi Minh City he moved to Seoul, South Korea. There he worked as a teacher trainer, working with both native and non-native proficient speakers of English to help them acquire an accredited teaching qualification to enable trainees to begin teaching careers of their own.
Shortly after leaving Seoul, he moved to Australia and worked in a language school in Queensland where he worked with a wide-range of international students from all over the world. During this time, he taught Cambridge Exam preparation courses including FCE and CAE as well as hosting a number of the social events that the centre organised. One notable achievement during this time was being the manager of the Lexis Noosa football team, where he holds the unenviable record of winning zero games that he took charge of.
He took some time to travel around Australia and New Zealand after the completion of his contract in Queensland, which involved cycling around the north island of New Zealand for 2 weeks. After the cycling (and Lord of the Rings sightseeing) trip was completed, he returned to the UK to teach here at Coventry University London on the pre-sessional course and Academic English Programme.
An area of particular academic interest to him is pronunciation. This is to provide students with the ability and the opportunity to improve not only their production of sounds but their understanding of both native and non-native varieties of English. He is currently in the process of completing his Diploma in teaching which will go some way to ensuring he is a better teacher than he is a football manager.
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