Dr Laura Grassick
Teaching Fellow in TESOL
I have been working in TESOL for almost 30 years as a teacher, teacher trainer and English language education project manager in a range of different contexts in Egypt, Vietnam, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Poland, Qatar and the UK.
At Leeds I have been involved in teaching EAP on pre-sessional courses to postgraduate students in the Language Centre. I recently joined the School of Education where I teach on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the Language Education Department.
My main research interest lies in English language curriculum change, in particular the relationships involved in how people make sense of a new curriculum and how the social and emotional dimensions of change influence actual implementation. My doctoral research focused on Vietnam and explored the complex dynamics of primary English language curriculum reform through a complexity perspective, trying to understand the relationships involved and the implications for curriculum change planning and implementation.
I am also interested in areas of TESOL teacher education - the role of practical and theoretical knowledge in in-service provision and the implications for both teachers and trainers, particular in times of curriculum change.
My interest in curriculum change and teacher education also extends to the area of young learners and the policy and practice of teaching languages in the primary school curriculum.
I am currently teaching modules on the MA TESOL and MA TESOL Studies programmes, specifically “Investigating Language for TESOL”, “Analysing Language”, “Learning and Teaching Vocabulary”, “Teaching Languages to Young Learners”. I also teach the “Teaching Oral and Written Skills” module which is part of the MA TESOL China programme. I teach on both the MA TESOL and MA TESOL China Research Methods modules.
I also teach undergraduates on the BA ELE programme – “Language Description for TESOL” and “The Practice of English Language Teaching”. I am a personal tutor to MA students and I supervise both undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations.