Cathryn Overall

Cathryn Overall

EAP Programme Manager (Insessional, AMD and Short Courses)

Contact details

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

Currently, I am responsible for the year round EAP1 Presessional which prepares international foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate (research) students for university entry.

Qualifications

  • MA Linguistics & ELT
  • MBA
  • BA (Hons) Linguistics
  • PGCE in Teaching English as a Second Language

Biography

My interest in EFL began after gaining my first degree, a BA in Linguistics, in 1980. This was consolidated with a PGCE in Teaching ESL, an MA in Linguistics & ELT (both from the University of Leeds) and then an MBA.

Following many years of teaching and middle-management positions in Finland, the Netherlands, China, the United Arab Emirates and Spain, I decided to pursue my career in the area of Business English. After joining the BIA (then EISU) in April 2001, I set up the Business Management English (BME) Presessional Course, designing course materials and collaborating in a number of in-house publications. I directed this programme until September 2008 as part of my responsibilities as Director of Business English Programmes.

From 2008 until very recently, I was Programme Manager for the year-round EAP1 Presessional which prepares international foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate (research) students for university entry. Currently, I manage the BIA's Insessional Programme. This role involves providing support and courses for the University's 4,000 international students on full-time degree programmes whose first language is not English.

Teaching

My main professional interests are teacher development, educational management in the HE sector, academic writing and EAP course design.

Other activities

My main professional interests are teacher development, educational management in the HE sector, academic writing and EAP course design.