All members of the English language department are highly qualified and experienced and bring a truly international dimension to their teaching. Most have lived and taught extensively abroad, in countries such as Japan, China, Taiwan and other European countries.
Research interests include English for business purposes, IT and multimedia in EFL, English for academic purposes, Chinese-English interference, the status of non-native English speaking teachers, and the status of ELT in developing countries.
Staff have been guest speakers at conferences throughout the world and deliver on teacher training courses. The Centre for English Language Learning is accredited by the British Council and is an institutional member of the British Association For Lecturers of Academic English (BALEAP) and the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL).
Susan Barwick, Head of Centre, has an MA in TEFL from Reading University and specialises in phonetics, phonology and psycholinguistics. David Boydon is a full member of the Institute of Learning and Teaching and external examiner for The University of Central Lancashire. Mary Archer has an MA in Linguistics and TESOL from the University of Leicester and specialises in sociolinguistics, new technologies and research methods. Jan Martin, Programme Leader, is a BEC examiner, and a CELTA Teacher Trainer and Module Leader for Trends and Issues. Larry Brown holds a Dip TEFLA and has a particular interest in designing materials and website construction.