Alasdair Houser, Head of the English Language Centre
Hello, my name is Alasdair, but a lot of people call me Al. I was born in Canada but my family moved to the UK about 20 years ago. I have been working with international students and teaching English since 2004, where I began my teaching career in Japan. Because of this, I have a good idea of the many challenges that international students face when they come to live and study in another country.
My team and I work very hard to make this transition as smooth as possible by providing support, lessons and advice throughout your career at the University of Lincoln.
Christine Lee, In-sessional Programme Manager
Hello. I joined the English Language Centre in 2016. I manage the In-sessional programme and sometimes advise students in drop-ins too. I have over 10 years of teaching experience and have taught previously at the University of Nottingham and the University of Liverpool. I have also lived and taught in China, Malaysia and Australia.
Prior to joining the University of Lincoln, I completed a PhD in Education at the University of Nottingham, UK in the area of transnational higher education. I have a keen interest in internationalisation of higher education, and academic literacies development which are both research areas relevant to my current role.
Louise Skeet, Senior EAP Tutor
Hi. I have worked in the English Language Centre since 2013. In terms of education, I have a first class M. Phil. in Linguistics from the University of Cambridge and an undergraduate degree in Linguistics with Literature. As a result, my pedagogical interests are mostly in Applied Linguistics.
Although born in Lincoln, I spent a large part of my childhood living abroad and I particularly enjoy continuing to learn about other cultures via our international students here at the University of Lincoln.
Raj Rai, Senior EAP Tutor
Hi everyone! My name is Raj and I’m a member of the In-sessional teaching team here at the English Language Centre. An English tutor since 2008, I’ve been at the University of Lincoln since September 2016. Previously, I have taught at universities in Australia and Spain. Whilst living in Australia, I completed a Masters in Educational Studies.
One of my greatest passions is travelling and discovering new cultures. As an English teacher, I actively enjoy meeting and getting to know our international students here in Lincoln who come from a diverse range of countries.
Caroline Brown, Senior EAP Tutor
Hello, I’m Caroline. I’m a Senior Tutor in the English Language Centre and have worked at the University since 2014. I have a Diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language and an MBA. I was born in Nottinghamshire and have lived and taught English in various towns and cities in the UK (Oxford, Manchester and Folkestone) and also Overseas (France, Italy, Oman, China and India). I teach on the in-sessional courses and also the one-to-one drop-in sessions to help students individually with their academic work.
I love working and meeting people from different cultures and am really interested in how languages vary in terms of vocabulary, expressions and use of grammar. In my free time, I enjoy travelling, going to the gym, cycling as a tourist, learning about interior design and art, and eating good food!
Kellie Noon, Senior EAP Tutor
Hi, I joined the ELC in February and am really enjoying getting to know the team, students and Lincoln! I’m originally from Manchester, and I still share my time between the two cities. I’ve been working as an English teacher since 2009. I started working in Salamanca, Spain, where I studied my undergraduate degree in French. I know how hard it can be as an International student, and hope that this experience means I can support our students better.
My main role now is to help coordinate the English exams for entry to the University, and running the Teaching English as a Foreign Language programmes for our recent graduates. I recently completed a MA TESOL (Teacher Education) at the University of Manchester and consequently really enjoy the teaching element of the job. I look forward to seeing you in a classroom soon!
Marianne McCall, Senior Administrator
Hello. I have been employed as the Senior Administrator in the English Language Centre since 2012 and my primary role is supporting pre-sessional students right through from initial enquiry to graduating the course. I love working with international students and seeing them build in confidence as they become used to studying in the UK.
I also organise coach trips to various UK cities throughout the year which gives me an opportunity to get to know students whom I would not otherwise meet; whilst enjoying the attractions other cities have to offer.
When I am not at work I enjoy gardening, cooking and spending time with my family, friends and my cat.
Rebecca Howden, Administrator
Hi. I have been working for the University of Lincoln and supporting students for 4 years. I have spent 3 of these years working with the English Language Centre (ELC) team. I created the ELC website, providing students with information about the In-Sessional courses and Drop-In service. I also manage the booking systems for these services. Each September, I organise the recruitment and training of volunteer students, who provide a warm welcome for new arrivals.
In my free time, I like to attend kickboxing and self-defence classes, go for walks in the countryside and watch a good film. I really enjoy communicating with students from all over the world and making their experience of Lincoln memorable.