LIFELONG LEARNER AND EDUCATOR
TEACHING AND LEARNING
I am a Psychology and Communication Science graduate. I acquired my MSc in TESOL from the University of St. Andrews. I have taught at language centres in Cape Town and at international partnership universities in China specialising in English for Academic and Specific Purposes.
I am currently working as an English language lecturer and coordinator at the Stellenbosch University Language Centre.
As an educator I work hard to create a learning environment that fosters critical thinking and problem solving. I present information in the most compelling way possible including relevant examples from the field of study or work. I believe transference of knowledge is important and I work to break down barriers between individual topics, to make connections, and encourage cross-functional applications. I encourage my students to use novel ways to demonstrate their knowledge. I strongly feel that the social and emotional development of students is paramount and that good content mastery can only happen when students develop their confidence and feel safe to express their thoughts and ideas. My approach is tailored to the specific learning needs of each student or group and content is relevant and engaging, enabling students to apply and use their skills in real-life or work scenarios.
In my management role as coordinator, my primary goal is to create a supportive and collaborative environment for my team of teachers. I believe in fostering professional growth and providing continuous learning opportunities to ensure that our teachers stay at the forefront of effective language teaching methodologies where they can thrive and create engaging learning experiences for their students.
My research interests include lifelong learning, intercultural communication and competence, social-emotional learning, internationalisation of higher education, innovative and transformative pedagogies, and technology enhanced teaching and learning.
In my free time, I enjoy the outdoors, spending time with my loved ones, and travelling to new and old places.