Jake Groves

Jake Groves

EAP Tutor & Presessional Coordinator

Contact details

Address
Birmingham International Academy
46 Priorsfield
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

I teach academic English courses for Foundation and Pre-Masters students. In addition, I coordinate language support provision across the BIA’s pre-sessional programmes.

Qualifications

  • MEd Education specialising in Linguistics (The Open University)

  • MSc Applied Social Psychology (University of Sussex)

  • BA Sociology (University of Leicester)

  • Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults (CELTA)

Biography

I am an experienced English language and EAP teacher and have worked in a wide range of educational institutions in the UK, Japan, South Korea and Spain. I have been employed as an EAP tutor at the Birmingham International Academy since 2016. Further to teaching, I am a certified IELTS Test examiner.

Teaching

At the BIA, I teach and have taught on the:

  • Birmingham Foundation Pathways Academic English & Study Skills

  • Pre-Masters Programme

  • Presessional EAP programmes (Undergraduate & Postgraduate)

Other activities

Academic interests

I have a range of academic interests including the use of technology in education and the development of critical thinking skills. Most recently, I have been carrying out research into students’ use of online translation tools with my colleague Rina Fokel de Vries.

Conferences

Translation and language-checking tools: how are they (to be) used? Translation Technology in Education Conference, University of Nottingham (July 2019)

Translation software: a useful tool for international students? Higher Education Futures institute (HEFi) Conference, University of Birmingham (June 2019) – with Rina Fokel de Vries

Online Translation tools: how are they transforming learning? BALEAP Conference, University of Leeds (April 2019) – with Rina Fokel de Vries

The Discerning Student: A framework for developing critical thinking skills, Forum on Critical Thinking, IATEFL Conference, Liverpool (April 2019) – with Dave Watton

DISCERN: The Discerning Student: Higher Education Futures institute (HEFi) Conference, University of Birmingham (June 2018) – with Dave Watton

DISCERN: The Discerning Student: InForm Conference, University of Birmingham (June 2018) – with Dave Watton

Publications

Watton, D. & Groves, J. (2018) ‘The Discerning Student’: A framework for developing critical thinking skills with international foundation students. InForm Journal, Issue 18 (December 2018), International Study and Language Centre, University of Reading