We are a friendly and welcoming team here to help you improve your English and academic study skills, and to adjust to your life in the UK. We all have experience of working with students in Higher Education. We look forward to meeting you.
Dr Malgorzata (Gosia) Drewniok – Head of English Language Centre
I was born in Poland and people call me ‘Gosia’. I first came to the UK as an international student (BA, MA, PhD) so I draw on my own experience in my work. I’m passionate about working with international students. My team and I work very hard to support international students at Lincoln, offering courses, workshops and one-to-one appointments tailored to your needs.
I have a PhD in Linguistics and am interested in anything to do with language. I have been teaching English for Academic Purposes (EAP), research and study skills at UK universities since 2008. I have also taught modules in linguistics in the past. I joined University of Lincoln in January 2019.
When I’m not working, I like to learn about languages and cultures, therefore I travel a lot. I also love to read and to watch good quality TV drama.
Dr Chokri Ghezal – ELC Programme Manager
Hello, I am the English Language Centre Programme Manager. I was born and educated in Tunisia where I got a BA in English and Literature. After teaching EFL, ESOL and EAP in three different countries, I decided to go back to university in the UK in 2012. I studied for an MA in Translation Studies and then a PhD in the same discipline at the University of Leicester. I have always been interested in languages and translation. I am particularly interested in style and how, through translation, one could either preserve the style of the original text or manipulate it in order to produce a text in another language that is more accessible to a non-specialist readership. When I am not reading or translating, I like to cycle in the countryside if the weather is nice. If not, I stay in and bake cakes and biscuits inspired by ancient recipes. In my present role, I work with a dedicated team who are all enthusiastic about supporting international students and helping them improve their academic English and study skills. I look forward to meeting all the students who take advantage of the courses we provide throughout the academic year.
Carl Christopher – Senior EAP Tutor
Welcome to the UK, to Lincoln, to the university and – last but certainly not least – to the English Language Centre.
I’m nearly as new as you here, but I’m already looking forward to supporting our international students as they get stuck into their academic careers. I’ve lived and worked abroad for most of my married life, and so I know how it feels to be far from home, friends and family. For most of my time abroad, I taught English at a university, and also took the opportunity to learn Arabic too. I love continuing to learn Arabic through the songs, films and – most of all – the people of the Middle East. I’m also a keen reader (of nearly anything!), and I love to walk and explore. Most of all though, my time and energy is invested into the greatest blessing in my life; my family.
Finally, you should probably know that although I’m passionate about education, I could just as easily be a farmer.
Matthew Bayly – Senior EAP Tutor
I was born and raised in Lincolnshire and have been a member of the English Language Centre since 2016. I have over seven years’ experience working in education internationally as well as in the UK, and lived and taught in Japan, Russia and China. I was trained in educational practice at the Institute of Education, University College London and have a BA from the University of Leeds in English and History. As Lincoln is my hometown, I am enthusiastic in helping students explore the city’s lively social life, its rich history and heritage. Lincoln has existed for over two thousand years, so you are joining a community with deep roots but also an exciting future! When not teaching, I am interested in pursuing my PhD in History, buying too many books and exploring Lincolnshire’s vast number of historic churches.
Karen Priestley – Senior EAP Tutor
Hi everyone! I was born and grew up just over the River Trent in Nottinghamshire, the home of Robin Hood. After living and teaching English in Portugal for 22 years, I have recently returned to the same area. My love for Portugal, the Portuguese language and the Portuguese people evolved as an Erasmus student at the University of Porto, Portugal, as part of my BA Joint Honours French and Portuguese at the University of Leeds.
I joined the English Language Centre in October 2019 and am passionate about teaching English together with meeting and supporting international students. Fortunately, I am able to draw on my own experience of studying, working and living abroad, and remember exactly how it all feels! I also have an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and a Diploma in Translation.
In my free time, I enjoy reading and handicrafts such as baking and embroidery. I am also exploring and practising a new found interest in gardening and vegetable growing.
Wendy Whatmough – ELC Senior Administrator
Having recently moved from overseas, I am new to the University and the English Language Centre. I assist the team and support our international students with information prior to their arrival to the UK, whilst on the Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills course and those on their main course requiring ‘In-sessional’ support and signposting.
Having lived overseas in Ukraine, Cyprus and Germany, I can empathise with students moving to a new country, away from family, with a different culture and language. I have spent several years undertaking distance learning, currently at postgraduate level, therefore I understand the pressures and deadlines involved but can only imagine what it must be like not to study in your native language.
My home life revolves around my family, Winnie the Pug, study, eating out, reading and cinema-going. I love to travel, however my current home improvement plans will limit this for some time.