Ms Kashmir Kaur (FHEA)

Ms Kashmir Kaur (FHEA)

Profile

I have taught English for Academic Purposes on a variety of courses to both postgraduate and undergraduate students at Leeds University since October 2008. For the past five years I have been directing the Foreign Language Assistants’ Course. I was the initial Level 2, Academic English for Postgraduate Studies, Module Leader - who designed and developed the course, prior to moving on to collaborate on the joint school project between the Leeds Engineering Faculty and South West Jiaotong University in Chengdu..This has entailed teaching approximately two months in Semester One in Chengdu in 2016, 2017 and 2018. I was the lead in developing and delivering the Academic Communication module for the Academic English for Postgraduate Studies’ programme. For the Language in Context (LinC) course, I developed and taught a module on sustainability which focussed on the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals and linking them to the students' disciplines.

My teaching experience also includes Academic English at Durham University, International Foundation Course at Leeds Metropolitan University and ESOL/EFL at Shipley & Leeds City colleges. Additionally, I have taught in Beirut for the British Council where I was involved in developing and delivering professional development training to Palestinian and Lebanese teachers with respect to teaching content in the medium of English.

Prior to moving into the education sector, I spent several years working in the broadcasting industry. My time in television gave me extensive business and media experience and an in depth knowledge of programme making particularly in the documentaries, features and factual entertainment departments.

Responsibilities

  • Course Director of Foreign Language Assistants' Course
  • English for Academic Purposes Tutor / Lecturer

Research interests

My research interests in education are varied. They intersect student identity, engagement, internationalisation and criticality as well as classroom research covering aspects such as academic reading/ writing, language learning and new technologies including digital literacies.

  • In January 2019, I successfully secured funding from the Leeds Living Lab Fund to engage students on the LinC ‘Sustainability’ module in research and innovation that seek solutions and alternatives for single use plastics across the University as part of the #2023PlasticFree campaign.
  • In December 2018, a colleague in Linguistics and I were awarded funding provided by Pedagogic Research in the Arts (PRIA) to develop a criticality ‘toolkit’ in conjunction with collaboration with students.
  • In order to engage students with formative feedback as a ‘tool’ to assist them to progress and achieve success in their learning, I piloted audio formative feedback (via MP3 player and screen-casting). This led to a collaboration with Antonio Martinez-Arboleda, Teaching Enhancement Project Leader at the  Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence on video formative and summative feedback.
  • Additionally, I am involved in a couple of research studies with respect to formative feedback and a comparative study of Chinese students’ study experiences as they transition through their study by crossing borders for education whether they be literal or metaphorical. This investigates perceptions and issues of engagement and identity
  • My scholarship interest in 'criticality' also includes collaboration with other institutions. I have worked with a colleague (Chris Macallister) from Durham University on a joint project concerning Critical EAP in the classroom, which is influenced by Sarah Benesch's, Critical English for Academic Purposes: Theory, Politics and Practice. A colleague (Kerri Freeman) from Universidad Europea de Madrid and I developed materials for a workshop on Criticality in EAP for the Universidad.
  • With my history hat, my interests extend to oral history, memory and archive whereby enabling the ‘absent silenced’ to be accorded a voice.  I have explored opportunities with colleagues for a Sadler Seminar Series proposal on the theme of ‘Archiving voices and lives from the margins’ and at the moment, investigating collaboration with the 1947 Partition Archive.

Conference Talks, Publications & Workshops:

Forthcoming:  an article ‘Enhancing International Students’ Experience and Formative Feedback through Audio Feedback’ for The Language Scholar Journal, Spring 2019 Digital Issue.

‘Critical EAP in action: from experiment to mainstream’ in collaboration with C. Macallister, BALEAP 2019 Conference, Innovation, Exploration and Transformation, University of Leeds, 12-14 April. 

‘Enhancing student engagement through audio formative feedback’ via Video Link https://mymedia.leeds.ac.uk/Mediasite/Play/1c089f1a99e344b3b4fcfc3b34b92d421d , LCS Digital Showcase, University of Leeds, 7 November 2018.

‘Crossing Borders…Shifting Sands: Investigation of Chinese students’ study experiences in Leeds and in Chengdu’, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou, China, EAP and Internationalisation: building links between institutions and learning cultures Symposium, 1 November 2018.

‘Effective Formative Feedback through Audio', University of Sheffield, English Language Teaching Centre, Teacher Development Training Day, 12 January 2018. 

‘Criticality in EAP’ Workshop in collaboration with K. Freeman, Universidad Europea de Madrid, Spain, December 2017.

'Enhancing International Student Experience Through Audio Formative Feedback', Workshop: Enhancing Learning and Teaching through Effective Feedback, School of Languages, Cultures and Societies, University of Leeds, 12 December 2017.

'Crossing borders...shifting sands: An investigation of Chinese students' study experiences in Leeds and in Chengdu', Language Education Across Borders Conference, University of Graz, Austria, 8-10 December 2017.

'Enhancing International Student Experience Through Audio Formative Feedback', Innovative Ideas for Enhanced Student Engagement, INFORM Conference, University of Reading, 15 July 2017.

‘Enhancing international students’ engagement through audio formative feedback and student collaboration’ Pecha Kucha, Language Scholar Journal Launch, LCS Scholarship Showcase, University of Leeds, 16 May 2017 with I. Brajkovic.

Kaur, K. (2017) ''Full Steam Ahead At BALEAP': A Review of the BALEAP Bristol 2017 Conference (7-9 April)The Leeds Language Scholar Journal [ONLINE] languagescholar.leeds.ac.uk, issue 1. Available from: http://languagescholar.leeds.ac.uk/full-steam-ahead-at-baleap-a-review-of-the-baleap-bristol-2017-conference/

Kaur, K. (2013), ‘Developing Environmental Perspectives Through Self-Directed Learning’, Student Education Bulletin, Issue 8: 8-9.

Kaur, K. (2013), ‘Qualitative Research in Language Education: Report on a Workshop by David Nunan’, ELT Research, Issue 28: 31-32.

‘Critical Engagement Through Global Citizenship’, Student Education Conference, University of Leeds, with A. Leslie January 2013.

‘How do students’ writing skills compare when working alone and when working collaboratively?’ English Language Connections Conference, Leeds Metropolitan University, 20-21 May 2011. 

‘One Size Fits All’ Poster Presentation at BALEAP Professional Issues Meeting ‘“How Low Can We Go” Issues, Insights and Innovations’, University of Bristol – with M. Parkin, J. Poole & C. Poulson - 12 February 2011.

Awards

April 2018 - Received the 'Innovation' award at the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures Partnership Awards. This recognises "The person or group who uses innovative methods and approaches to engage and excite others; such as through embracing new learning technology or through presenting challenging ideas in a way to spark discussion to further the understanding of a subject area."      

June 2017 - Shortlisted for the University of Leeds Sustainability Awards in the category of 'Building Knowledge and Capacity’. This was for introducing, developing and producing a bank of authentic audio/visual listening materials on the concept of sustainability, primarily to be utilised in the English module of the University of Leeds Engineering degrees at the South West Jiaotong University - Leeds Joint School in Chengdu.

May 2013 - Won a scholarship to attend the David Nunan ‘Qualitative Research in Language Education’ Seminar at the University of Graz, Austria.

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Qualifications

  • MA Race & Resistance (History) (University of Leeds)
  • MA Linguistics & English Language Teaching (University of Leeds)
  • PGCE Post Compulsory Education & Training (University of Leeds)
  • Higher Education Academy Fellow
  • BA English & History (Leeds Metropolitan University)

Professional memberships

  • British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes (BALEAP)
  • International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL)
  • British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL)

Student education

I teach English for Academic Purposes on a variety of courses to both postgraduate and undergraduate students. This includes designing, developing materials and syllabi and leading courses. I also teach on content-based pre-sessional programmes namely, 'Language for Science' and 'Language for Education'. In addition, I also spend several weeks in Semester One in Chengdu teaching 'English for Engineering' as part of the SWJTU-Leeds Joint School Project.

For the past four years, I have been directing the Foreign Language Assistants’ Course - foreign language assistants whose first language is French, Spanish or German.

Currently, I am also teaching on the Language in Context (LinC) programme on a module (Sustainability) I designed  (it considers sustainability at local, national and global levels). I have successfully secured some funding from the Leeds Living Lab Project whereby students will co-create a project ‘installation’ as part of the #2023PlasticFree campaign.

Research groups and institutes

  • Language Centre
  • PRIA