I joined the University of Birmingham in 2008, where until 2014, I was engaged as iVLE/IT Coordinator, Staff Trainer & ESP Tutor on the Business Management English Presessional. My role also involved multimedia marketing for this programme. I now work as an EAP Tutor & IT Coordinator in the Birmingham International Academy (BIA).
- MA in ELT for Specific Purposes
- MA in English Literature
- MBA in Marketing
- Bachelor of Commerce
- BA in Journalism & Political Science
- Certificate in Professional Studies in Education
- Teacher Training Certificate
Since 1997, I have worked as both teacher and teacher trainer at HE institutions in Pakistan (National College of Business Administration & Economics), Oman (Polyglot Institute LLC) and the UK (University of Warwick & University of Birmingham). Currently, at the UoB, in addition to my responsibilities in EISU, I work as an Online Distance Learning (ODL) TEFL Tutor with the English Language & Applied Linguistics (ELAL) Division.
Prior to this, my professional career began as a journalist at the age of 19. Soon after, I was appointed by The Frontier Post daily newspaper to work as sub-editor of their weekend magazine. After that, I worked as copywriter with Genesis Productions; voiceover artist with a number of independent production houses, including Telesman; business report writer with Mischievous Marketing Ltd; corporate trainer at NetSol Omni Ltd (training arm of Nestol Technologies Ltd, a NASDAQ company); and senior news anchor at Business Plus, satellite TV channel. I was also the lead actor in a short-short film, The Work of Art, made for the Warwick Shootout Competition. More recently, I was engaged by Masaryk University in the Czech Republic for online teaching and publication projects.
Scholarships and awards
- Hornby Education Trust Scholarship to study on the MA in ELT for Specific Purposes programme at the University of Warwick
- PCBA Director's Scholarship for scoring distinctions in the MBA degree programme at the University of Central Punjab
I teach English for Specific Purposes (ESP) courses for the following Birmingham Business School programmes:
- MBA Suite
- MSc Marketing Suite
- MSc Investments
- MSc Economics
Additionally, I teach lunchtime/Open Access EAP classes in a range of areas, including:
- Academic Writing
- Speaking & Pronunciation
- Small Group Workshops (language/study skills) for MA/MSc & PhD students
I also offer one-to-one tutorials run by BIA.
- 'Multimodality, Authentic Texts & the International Classroom': Norwegian Forum for English for Academic Purposes (NFEAP) Conference, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Oslo, Norway (June 2015)
- Plenary speaker: 'The Multimodal, the Authentic, and the EAP': Higher Education - New Technologies & Innovation (HENTI) Conference, Akaki Tsereteli State University, Kutaisi, Georgia (May 2015)
- 'Multimodal Authenticity in EAP': ELT EAP Conference, University of St Andrews, Scotland (March 2014)
- 'Pedagogies for Autonomy - Booster Week' (co-presentation): BALEAP Biennial Conference, University of Nottingham, England (April 2013)
- 'Understanding Presessional Students’ Provenance & Managing their Expectations' (joint presentation): BALEAP Professional Issues Meeting (PIM), University of Kent, England (February 2012)
- 'e-Boardwork – Simple yet Smart': BALEAP PIM, University of Bristol, England (February 2011); and at the Teaching & Learning Conference, University of Birmingham, England (June 2010)
- Teacher Trainer on the theme of 'English for Young Learners in Latin America & the Caribbean': Two-week Hornby Regional Summer School, San Nicolas, Argentina (January 2008)
- 'Developing Short Story Writing Among Adult ESL Students' at: (1) TESL Ontario International Conference, Toronto, Canada (November 2006); (2) 3rd AZETA International Conference, Baku, Azerbaijan (September 2006); (3) IATEFL-HU Literature SIG Short Story Day, Budapest, Hungary (May 2006); and (4) SPELT International Conferences, Lahore, Pakistan (2002 & 2003)
- 'ELT Issues in Developing Countries' (poster presentation) at: (1) 3rd Biennial International Research Festival, University of Warwick, England (June 2006); and (2) IATEFL 40th Annual International Conference (with Hornby Scholars), Harrogate, England (April 2006)
Understanding UK Presessional Students’ Provenance & Managing their Expectations (with J. Rees & S. Butt).
I have published over 130 articles in a number of newspapers and magazines.