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Who will be I taught by? 

You will be taught by experienced language instructors who are all (near) native speakers of the language they teach. The target language (Arabic, French, German, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese or Spanish) will be used as the primary medium of instruction and interaction, to enable you to practise speaking, listening, reading and writing from the beginning. Multimedia materials are regularly used in class and to support teaching

If you have any questions, please contact languages_for_all@aston.ac.uk

Languages for All - Teaching Team

Aurelia Robert- Director of Languages for All and teaching Associate in French

Aurelia Robert
FRENCH

Room: MB 769
Phone: 0121 204 3775
Email: a.robert@aston.ac.uk

Qualifications and Education:

  • ·Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • ·Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Practice in Higher Education
  • ·DESS de Traduction spécialisée en culture et médias
  • ·Maîtrise de Langues Etrangères Appliquées mention affaires et commerce
  • ·Maîtrise de Langues Etrangères Appliquées mention traductio

Teaches on:

  • ·LF1005 French Language Skills 1
  • ·LF1013 & LF1014 French Beginners
  • ·LF2016 Reading the French Press
  • ·LF3002 French Language Skills 3
  • ·LF3203 Dissertation
  • ·YAP supervision

Qiaochao Zhang – Languages for All Deputy Director and Teaching Associate in Mandarin Chinese

Room: NW911 
Phone: 01212043073
Email: q.zhang9@aston.ac.uk

Education:

MSc in Business Management, Diploma in Public Service Interpreting, PGCert in Higher Education & Diploma in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language. Full Member of Chartered Institute of Linguists.

 

Other

Qiaochao Zhang obtained her Master degree in Business Management followed her undergraduate study in International Business and English with a distinction. She pursued her career in teaching Chinese as a second language after. She is a qualified Chinese language teacher and also an experienced Chinese-English interpreter. She taught Chinese at all levels, from Ab Initio to advanced level, in both universities and colleges in prior to her post in Aston University. She joined Aston University in 2008. She is the convenor of Chinese courses in UWLP. She is now undertaking PhD research in applied linguistics and education. 

Gosia Dzierdzikowska - Languages for All Administrator 

Room: MB 777
Phone: 0121 204 3872
Email: g.dzierdzikowska@aston.ac.uk
Chris O'Niell - Teaching Associate in French (beginners) 

Room: TBC
Phone:TBC 

Email: c.oniell2@aston.ac.uk

Abigail Taylor - Teaching Associate in French 

Room: TBC
Phone: 0121 204 3911
Email: a.taylor3@aston.ac.uk

 I graduated in 2009 from Universidad de Extremadura (Spain) with a 5-year degree in Modern Languages, specialising in English language, linguistics, literature, history, and teaching. As part of the degree I had the chance to study two years abroad, at the National University of Ireland and at Københavns Universitet (University of Copenhagen) which offered me the opportunity to gain a deep knowledge on my three main academic interests at the time: linguistics, literature, and my long-held passion, teaching. Throughout the five years I studied British and American history and literature, Linguistics (with a strong focus on Pragmatics and Sociolinguistics), translation (both English-Spanish and Spanish-English), and pedagogy. During that time, I also obtained a professionally-oriented degree in Software Development.

My first experience in UK was a a transcreator/content editor in London before joining  the Hispanic Studies department at University of Kent as a Spanish Lector. Simultaneously, due to a strong personal interest in Latin American issues, I successfully completed an MA degree in Hispanic Studies with an MA dissertation entitled Historia,  mito y ficción literaria en El general en su laberinto de Gabriel García Márquez (History, Myth, and Fiction in Gabriel García Márquez’s The General in His Labyrinth). It was then when I had the chance to develop what would become my main research interests: Latin American politics and history, with a strong focus in Venezuela and Cuba, and oral history and testimony in the creation of modern myth.

After completing my MA, I was offered a position as Assistant Lecturer. I taught Spanish at all levels and lectured a professionally-oriented module on translation and interpreting from Spanish into English and from English into Spanish. From October 2014, I complemented my role as Assistant Lecturer with a new position as Spanish Language Lector in the Centre for English and World Languages at University of Kent.

In January 2016, I joined Aston University as a Teaching Associate in the  School of Languages and Social Sciences, teaching Spanish language at different levels and the module Spanish in the World, which focuses on the different manifestations of Spanish from a linguistic and cultural perspective.

I am currently working towards starting a PhD in which I will develop further all my research interests.

 Robert Fox- Teaching Associate in Japanese

robert fox
Japanese

Room: NW820C 
Phone: 0121 204 3177 
Email: r.a.fox@aston.ac.uk

Robert started teaching English in 1989 in Japan. He lived in Nagoya City for 20 years and taught English for 15 years in Japanese universities. He was a Lecturer in English at Nagoya University of Foreign Studies.

He joined Aston University, his alma mater, as a member of staff in 2008 to teach a variety of courses in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) within the Centre for English Language and Communication at Aston (CELCA). He has also taught modules related to Discourse Analysis and Systemic Function Grammar on undergraduate programmes within the School of Languages and Social Sciences (LSS).

He is currently Director of the Year Abroad Programme for international students from Japanese universities and Co-Director of the Pre-sessional English Programmes. From October 2013, he will be launching the teaching of Japanese language at Aston University with the Japanese for Beginners modules, part of the University-Wide Language Programme  (UWLP). 

Ghizlane Lafdi – Teaching Associate in Arabic

ghizlane
ARABIC

Room: NW911
Phone: 01212043911
Email: g.lafdi@aston.ac.uk

Education

Certificate in Education (FE) & Bachelor degree in Linguistics and English Literature

Eneida Haseler – Teaching Associate in Portuguese

ENIEDA
PORTUGUESE

Room: NX01
Email: t-haselere@aston.ac.uk

Cecile Deciax - Teaching Associate in French 

Room: TBC
Phone: TBC
Email: TBC

Education:

MSc in Business Management, Diploma in Public Service Interpreting, PGCert in Higher Education & Diploma in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language. Full Member of Chartered Institute of Linguists.

Other

Qiaochao Zhang obtained her Master degree in Business Management followed her undergraduate study in International Business and English with a distinction. She pursued her career in teaching Chinese as a second language after. She is a qualified Chinese language teacher and also an experienced Chinese-English interpreter. She taught Chinese at all levels, from Ab Initio to advanced level, in both universities and colleges in prior to her post in Aston University. She joined Aston University in 2008. She is the convenor of Chinese courses in UWLP. She is now undertaking PhD research in applied linguistics and education. 

 

 

Claudia Gremler - Teaching Associate in German (beginners/advanced) 

Room: MB768
Phone: 01212043783
Email: c.gremler@aston.ac.uk

Uwa Schutte - Teaching Associate in German (intermediate) 

Room: NX
Phone: 01212043791
Email: u.schutte@aston.ac.uk

Mariana Morant  - Teaching Associate in Spanish (beginners/advanced) 
Room: TBC
Phone: TBC
Email: TBC

 

Denisse Lazo  - Teaching Associate in Spanish (intermediate) 

Room: TBC
Phone: TBC
Email: TBC

 Languages for All- Administrative Team Details:

Gosia Dzierdzikowska , Languages for All Adminsitrator