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Mr Neil Adam Tibbetts DELTA, Dip.Trans., SFHEA

Senior Teaching Fellow

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I am a Teaching Fellow in the Academic Centre for International Students, part of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Southampton.

At Southampton I am course leader of the LLM Pre-sessional and co-ordinate language support for students of Southampton Law School with the English for Law programme. I also work on the Pre-Masters programme, convening the English for Masters Study module. I represent the University of Southampton as BALEAP rep for ACIS and on the Academic Steering Group of the Universities Pathway Alliance. I am also UCU rep for ACIS.

I am currently studying for an MSc in Teaching English Language in University Settings (TELUS) at University of Oxford. I have a B.A. (Hons) in Hispanic Studies from University of Bristol, where I specialised in Spanish and Catalan language. I have RSA Cambridge CELTA and DELTA and the Institute of Linguists Diploma in Translation (Italian to English). I became a Senior Fellow of the HEA in August 2018.

Previously, I worked in Italy (1999-2013) as freelance teacher, trainer and translator, specialising in Legal English and Academic English. I worked for British Council Milan from 2003-2013. My time there included training and course preparation for British Council collaborations with the European Patent Office in Munich, Germany and for the Council of Europe/Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Bosnia/Herzegovina and Montenegro. I also taught English for Academic purposes in universities in the north of Italy for several years, e.g. Politecnico di Milano, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Università del Piemonte Orientale in Vercelli.

Research interests

I am particularly interested in: EAP teaching practice; legal English (especially writing); reflective writing; portfolio assessment; learner identity; developing academic literacy; ecolinguistics and translation studies.

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Conference papers:

  • ‘The Life Cycle of  Reading Test’ paper at BALEAP PIM Reading at Reading, University of Reading, March 2015 (with Linda Hurley)
  • ‘Get Them Reading’ Pecha Kucha presentation at BALEAP Conference 2017 at University of Bristol, April 2017 (with John Bartrick)
  • ‘Microscopes and Telescopes: Approaches to enhance student awareness of their position within the learning ecosystem’ paper at NFEAP 2017 (Norwegian Forum for English for Academic Purposes), Oslo June 2017, (with Lucy Watson)
  • ‘Exploring the Ecosystem from within: An ecological approach to EAP curriculum design’ at BALEAP Conference 2019 at University of Leeds, April 2019 (Forthcoming)

I coordinate and teach on the English for Masters Study module HUMA6016 on the MIPS (Pre-Masters) programme. I also teach on English for Academic Study (EAS).

I am Course Leader and class tutor on the LLM Pre-sessional course, for which I work in collaboration with Southampton Law School.

I coordinate ‘English for Law’, in-sessional language support for international students in Law at undergraduate (LLB) and postgraduate (PGT and PGR) level, organising workshops and tutorials as well as participating in modules and events run by Law.

Mr Neil Adam Tibbetts
Room 2107, Building 65, Avenue Campus
University of Southampton, SO17 1BJ
Telephone: 02380 597514
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