Tanya Fernbank


I have been working at the Language Centre since July 2017. In that time, I have taught on a range of courses for international students or a range of levels who are going on to study undergraduate or postgraduate courses in a variety of disciplines, in-sessional courses for both undergraduate and postgraduate students already studying a particular discipline and a Transnational Education course in conjunction with teachers at South West-Jiaotong University in China (taught online). I have also co-led on an ESAP (English for Specific Academic Purposes) course.

I gave presentations on CPD options for EAP tutors and conducting tutorials on Microsoft Teams at the Language Centre Summer Conference in 2019 and 2020. In addition, I provided reflections on precarity A precarious practitioner's perspective in the profession of EAP in the event Practioner Precarity and the Coronavirus on in May 2020 and published a blog in July 2020.

Prior to this, I taught a combination of English as a Foreign Language and English for Academic Purposes courses. I began teaching EFL in 1997 after completing my Trinity TESOL certificate in 1996. This work has involved teaching students of a range of nationalities and all levels from beginner to proficiency in four other countries as well as the UK. I have taught general English, ESOL, young learners and exam courses, including Cambridge PET, FCE, CAE, CPE and the BEC Business English Certificate levels 1–3, IELTS and TOEFL. I completed the Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults in 2003. I have also taught English for Academic Purposes since 2008, first at an FE college, on pre-sessionals at the University of Nottingham, Manchester and Liverpool, at four international pathway colleges affiliated to universities, and at Leeds Beckett University from 2015–16. 

I have also worked as an oral examiner for Cambridge BEC 1 and FCE exams and as a SELT examiner for the exams needed for visas for Trinity College London. In addition, I have invigilated the Cambridge CAE exam, GCSE and ‘A’ Level exams and vocational qualifications and I have JCQ examiner status. I have also worked as a Cover Supervisor and Teaching Assistant in UK schools and FE colleges.

I have a BA in English and History and an MA in English Literature and have recently completed the University of Nottingham’s MA in Teaching English for Academic Purposes (Distinction).

Research interests

I have recently conducted research into developing students’ ability to navigate long academic texts and developing understanding and use of appropriate discourse for argument and critical thinking in both speech and writing as part of my Master’s degree. I have also written on the impact of unexpected events such as the Covid-19 pandemic on the professional identities of English or Academic Purposes practitioners. In addition, I am interested in improving support for international students in online tutorials and measuring the long-term impact of peer feedback as well as the role of tutors in facilitating this. My other interests include improving sense of belonging of academic staff from diverse backgrounds, both in EAP and with different educational and professional backgrounds as well as doing so for students.

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  • BA English/ History
  • Trinity College London Cert. TESOL
  • Cambridge RSA DELTA (Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults)
  • MA English Literature

Professional memberships

  • Higher Education Academy
  • BALEAP (Institutional Membership)