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  • KY16 9AJ St Andrews

    United Kingdom

  • English Language Teaching
    Kinnessburn
    Kennedy Gardens
    St Andrews
    KY16 9DJ
    Fife

    United Kingdom

Personal profile

Research overview

Kirsty joined the University in September 2018 and has been the Director of Teaching (DOT) at the International Education Institute since September 2021. She currently teaches on Postgraduate Modules in Second language Acquisition (MSc TESOL) and Organisational Development in International Education (MSc International Education). She is also an Academic Adviser for Visiting Undergraduate Students.

Research interests

  • Discourse and genre analysis
  • Writing in specific genres or text types
  • Designing Assessment Tasks in Higher Education
  • Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL)
  • The writing process

Teaching activity

Kirsty currently teaches on Postgraduate Modules in Second language Acquisition (MSc TESOL) and Organisational Development in International Education (MSc International Education). She is also the Conference Coordinator for the International Education Institute (IE) annual EAP Conference from AY 2023-24.

She has taught English for Academic Purposes (EAP) at university level in the UK since 2009. This has included Module Coordination, teaching, module and course design, curriculum design, assessment writing, and leading teams. She has worked with a range of Postgraduate and Undergraduate students. Specific areas of interest within EAP teaching include:

  • Discourse and genre analysis
  • Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL)
  • Writing in specific genres or text types
  • The writing process
  • Developing Learner autonomy
  • Developing Academic Study skills and Graduate Attributes
  • English for specific Academic Purposes (ESAP) e.g., Engineering, Business, Computer Science

Prior to working in Higher Education, she taught English in language schools in Japan, Poland, New Zealand, London and Devon.

Academic/Professional qualifications

Master of Arts in Education (Applied Linguistics) – The Open University (2017)

DELTA (Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) - RSA/UCLES (1999)

CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) - RSA/UCLES (1994)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

Education/Academic qualification

Advance HE Aurora Leadership Programme

Award Date: 31 Jul 2022

Masters of Arts (Ed) Applied Lingusitics, Open University

Award Date: 31 Dec 2017

Keywords

  • L Education (General)
  • P Philology. Linguistics

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