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Mr TOLERA SIMIE profile picture
  • Student
  • IOE - Culture, Communication & Media
  • UCL Institute of Education

Having born and grown up in Ethiopia, I was educated up to university level and got my first degree in education, in which I studied pedagogy as a major and English as a minor subject at Bahir Dar University. Then I worked as a teacher trainer - training primary school English language teachers for five years. After moving to the UK, I completed teacher training courses in English language teaching at the University of St Mark and St John, Plymouth and in teaching in further and adult education in London. For my MA, I studied TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages) at UCL Institute of Education. Since the completion of my MA studies, I have been teaching ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) in an FE college in London.

Research Summary

My research interest is in English medium instruction (EMI) in the context of higher education. I am keen in exploring the impact of using English as a language of teaching and learning academic subjects in a multilingual context where English is taught as a foreign language. The effects of EMI policy on university students learning complex concepts through a foreign language in resource constrained higher learning institutions remain under researched.  My thesis explores the impact of EMI on quality of education in one of the sub–Saharan African distinct non-colonial contexts: Ethiopia. I am also interested in researching teacher education, ESOL/TESOL, language education policy and multilingual education.

Teaching Summary

I have an extensive experience (over twenty-two years) in teaching English to speakers of other languages (ESOL) including ICT to adult learners of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds in a further education college in London. I have also worked as an English language teacher and teacher trainer - training primary school English language teachers in Ethiopia.

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