Academic Team

Academic Team

Masaryk University Language Centre has carefully selected an outstanding academic team by bringing together some of the top trainers and tutors in the field of English for Academic Purposes today. Our tutors are:

 

Tony Corballis  (SOAS University of London, UK)

Tony
Tony is an EAP and business English specialist with 21 years of university and commercial experience in teaching, lecturing, authoring, training and coaching. With an M.A., B.Com., and Trinity College Licentiate Dip. TESOL, he has worked across one Australian and six British universities, mostly in EAP and academic literacies, Business English and related ESAP, and before that as an educational manager of an EFL, EAP and Medical English department in British Further Education. He’s co-authored books, including Garnet’s English for Management Studies (winner of the 2009 English Speaking Union’s Duke of Edinburgh English Language Book Award) and authored extensive published materials brought to market in Australia, China, Vietnam, Thailand and the UK. He has also delivered modules on Middlesex University’s MA in Interpreting.  He currently balances employment at University of London SOAS with an enterprise providing executive coaching.
Maxine Gillway  (University of Bristol, UK)
 maxine Maxine is a programme director at the Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies at the University of Bristol. She holds a DELTA and MATEFL and has been in English language teaching and training for nearly 30 years -working for 5 years in Turkey at Bilkent University, where she was Head of Curriculum and Testing. and for 6 years in the United Arab Emirates University where she held the post of Curriculum Development Coordinator.  She is a fellow of the UK’s Higher Education Authority and a member of BALEAP ‘s executive committee. Her current interests lie in researching the international student experience and supporting academics involved in teaching international students.
Marcus Grollman  (University of Groningen, NL)
Marcus Grollman Marcus is Head of the English Section at the University of Groningen Language Centre, the Netherlands. In addition to this leadership role, he teaches on a variety of courses, particularly academic oral and writing skills. Having designed many courses over the years, he has a particular interest in peer feedback, the development of learner autonomy and the problems of „language culture“ in English as an International Language. He has over thirty years of teaching experience at all levels of education – primary to tertiary – and, in    addition to the Netherlands, he has worked in Spain, Italy and the United Kingdom.
Ruben Comadina Granson (University of Groningen, NL)
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Ruben is Head of Modern Foreign Languages at the University of Groningen Language Centre, the Netherlands. He is also a senior lecturer in English and Spanish, involved in the development and provision of communicative language courses in several internationally-oriented programmes in Higher Education. He has extensive experience in designing blended-learning courses, organising learner-centred, multi-level group work for Higher Education and creating intercultural awareness among participants. Further to his role as lecturer, he has delivered papers and presentations in these areas at a wide variety of symposia and conferences.
Joanne Eastlake  (Aberystwyth University, UK)
Jo Eastlake Joanne is a language teacher educator, who has been working with the Faculty of Languages and Cultures at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) for the past five years. She works with teachers of languages that are widely spoken, but under-represented in higher education in the UK. She is also a teacher of English and academic English skills. Her current vocation has developed out of 20 years of language teaching and teacher training in the field of English as a Second Language and English as a Foreign Language in England, Wales, Spain and Vietnam.  She has designed and convened number of undergraduate and postgraduate teacher education programmes in UK universities and her areas of interest lie in sociocultural approaches to language pedagogy and the professionalization of teaching in UK higher educational contexts.
Janice deHaaff  (Aberystwyth University, UK)
Janice Janice de Haaff has an MEd in educational Technology from ManchesterUniversity in the UK and a BEd from ConcordiaUniversity in Canada. For 20 years she worked in bilingual Canada teaching English for Academic Purposes (EAP). Returning to her birthplace in 1995 she spent the next 10 years working at AberystwythUniversity as Director of  Studies for foundation and general English programmes for international students. Her interests are intercultural communication and education through social networking. She has recently returned from China where she developed and initiated EAP programmes for Chinese business students studying at Beijing normal University. Janice de Haaff is also a co-author of the “Academic English: Akademická angličtina – Průvodce anglickým jazykem pro studenty, akademiky a vědce” (Grada, 2011) publication.