Staff

Director of Languages for All

Dr Petar Milin

Dr Petar Milin

Senior Lecturer in the Psychology of Language and Language Learning
Director of Languages for All

My primary research interests are concentrated in areas concerned with understanding the crucial role of learning in human language, its behaviour and use. Previously, my work focused on investigating word or lexical processing, but currently, it extends to the study of natural communication. Methodologically, my work combines experimentation and computational modelling with advanced statistical ...

Teaching staff

Dr Paola Cori

Lecturer in Modern Languages

I am Lecturer in Modern Languages and I teach across the entire provision of Core modules for the Italian programme. I am also the Italian coordinator for the LfA programme. I specialize in nineteenth-century literature, philosophy and philosophy of language and I have devoted a large part of my research to Giacomo Leopardi. I am also interested in contemporary thought, as well as psychological ...

Dr Anissa Daoudi

Dr Anissa Daoudi

Senior Lecturer in Arabic and Translation Studies
Language Co-ordinator for Arabic

  • Translation and new media, with particular reference to the Arabic-speaking region
  • Translation and popular culture
  • Gender and language use in the context of translation

Mr Fumitsugu Enokida

Language Tutor in Japanese

I have been teaching Japanese as a foreign language at the University of Birmingham since 1999. I teach all levels to a wide range of students from undergraduate students to the public. My role also includes a committee member of the BATJ Speech Content for University Students and OCR External Verifier as well as Assessor of the QCB/NVQ for Japanese.

Emilie Grinan-Coley

Emilie Grinan-Coley

Language Tutor in French

I am a native speaker of French, and come from the Franche-Comté region in Eastern France. I have been teaching French at the University of Birmingham since 2006, and have 15 years of experience teaching French as Foreign Language in France and the UK.

Mariela Knowles

Mariela Knowles

Senior Language Tutor in Spanish

I have been teaching Spanish language modules at the University of Birmingham since 2004 . I have over 20 years teaching experience as a foreign language teacher in all sectors,  from school children to adults. I am a native speaker of Spanish and I was born in Argentina.

Hongyan La

Mandarin Teaching Fellow

I have many years’ experience as a Chinese language teacher. I teach both undergraduate and postgraduate students at beginner, intermediate and advanced Chinese language levels at the University of Birmingham. I enjoy helping students learn Mandarin and like to see their enjoyment and appreciation of Chinese language and culture. It gives me a sense of achievement when students succeed in ...

Valérie Leick

Valérie Leick

LCAHM Distance Learning Co-ordinator
Senior Language Tutor
Co-ordinator for French, Languages for All

A language teacher for 23 years, I am still learning a lot from every new student. I enjoy sharing my native language and culture but above all I derive a lot of satisfaction from inspiring students to become a good language tutor for themselves and keep learning beyond their university years.

“To have another language is to possess a second soul” - Charlemagne

Ms Junko Ogawa

Programme Lead and Year Abroad Tutor for Japanese
Co-ordinator for Japanese, Languages for All

I have been teaching Japanese as a foreign language in Higher Education over 15 years. I am responsible for all aspects of Japanese language programmes including module development, year abroad and internship programme in Japan.

Dr Gisele Tyba Mayrink Orgado

Dr Gisele Tyba Mayrink Orgado

Brazilian Leitora – Teaching Fellow in Portuguese Studies

I am a Brazilian Leitorain the service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil (MRE), teaching Portuguese language, Brazilian Literature and Culture at the Department of Modern Languages. I enjoy eliciting textual interpretation, critical thinking and language skills, using different textual genres and media, especially audiovisual. My research focuses on the intersection of language, ...

Dr Regina Seiwald

Dr Regina Seiwald

Lecturer in German Studies
Co-ordinator for German in Languages for All

 Regina Seiwald is a Teaching Fellow

Dr Xiaolong Tang

Lecturer in Modern Languages
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Dr Tang has taught a wide range of modules on undergraduate Chinese language programmes and also postgraduate translation studies. His expertise is in the field of innovative language learning and teaching with specific reference to the use of software, mobile applications and digital tools. In 2011, he was awarded a prize for “Excellence in Teaching and Supporting Student Learning”.