Academic and research departmentsSchool of Literature and Languages.
Claire has worked at the University of Surrey since 2012. Prior to this she worked as an English language teacher for over ten years in Thailand, Australia, Poland and the UK. She has a qualification in directing language courses, an MA with distinction in Applied Linguistics and TESOL and a first class honours degree in English and History from the University of Newcastle. She delivers modules in Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) on the MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and acts as Technical Lead for the distance learning module in Teaching English for Academic Purposes (TEAP) on the same programme. She was responsible for designing and managing the eight week pre-sessional course (PS8) that launched in 2014, and coordinated this course for four years before changing to jointly manage the twelve week pre-sessional programme (PS12) in 2018. Claire also teaches on the English Language Support Programme (ELSP) and has delivered undergraduate programmes in English language (EIC). She has two years' experience as an IELTS examiner.
University roles and responsibilities
- EAP Faculty Representative for the School of Psychology
- EAP Faculty Representative for the School of Veterinary Medicine
Affiliations and memberships
Technology-Assisted Language Learning
Blended & Distance Learning and the Flipped Classroom Approach
Digital Materials Design
English for Academic Purposes
Claire currently delivers the module in Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) on the MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and teaches on and acts as Technical Lead for the distance learning module in Teaching English for Academic Purposes (TEAP) on the same programme. She acts as a personal tutor and dissertation supervisor for students on the MA programme, and teaches across the wider university on the English Language Support Programme in English for Academic Purposes (ELSP). Where possible, Claire uses a blended learning and flipped-classroom approach in her teaching which involves the design of interactive lecture videos followed by engagement in F2F seminars and workshops.