I’ve been working in ELT since 1995 and have worked across Europe and Asia, from Ireland to Macau, Lithuania to Azerbaijan. I’ve taught in a range of different contexts from private language schools to corporate training and the university sphere. I have a strong interest in course development, obtaining my Masters in English Language Teaching & Material Development, and have two published coursebooks, English for the Energy Industries and Academic Presenting & Presentations. I also receive the British Council ELTons Award for Innovation in Learner Resources in 2018 for the English for Academic Purposes course I co-wrote – Develop EAP: A Sustainable Academic English Skills Course. It was through the development of this course that my interest in collaborative learning began.
I am a PhD student in the Language Acquisition in Multilingual Settings (LAMS) programme at the University of the Basque Country, supervised by Professor María del Pilar García Mayo.The title of my research project is “Towards a framework for assessing collaborative assignments in English Medium Instruction English for Academic Purposes Programmes.My interest is in collaborative learning, with a particular focus on the teacher’s perceptions and approaches to assessing collaborative assignments. As collaborative assignments grow more prevalent on university courses it’s important to examine teacher attitude to collaboration and how those assignments are assessed with the aim of developing an assessment framework to help teachers implement collaborative assignments. My hope is that by developing a better understanding of how collaborative assignments can be and should be assessed will help overcome one of the main barriers to wider acceptance of collaborative assignments.