Rina Fokel de Vries, SF HEA

Rina Fokel de Vries, SF HEA

BIA Programmes Coordinator / EAP Tutor

Contact details

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

I am a Presessional Programmes Coordinator and EAP Tutor at Birmingham International Academy.  I also act as Equality & Diversity Champion at the BIA.

Qualifications

  • Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy.
  • MA English Language & Culture. Faculty of Arts, Department of English, Radboud University Nijmegen.
  • CELTA. Studio Cambridge.
  • TEAP (Teaching English for Academic Purposes). IFCELS, SOAS, University of London.
  • Post-doctoral Research Training Demography. PdOD, University of Amsterdam.
  • MSc Non-Western Demography.  Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen.

Biography

I started out as a social geographer and demographer; my master's thesis concentrated on infant mortality in developing countries. I then worked in the Department of Sociology at Utrecht University, where I did research on female employment and fertility. In my spare time, I became active as a novelist: I have published several works of fiction.

After completing my MA in English, I began my teaching career, specialising in English for Academic Purposes. I have worked at Birmingham International Academy since 2013, first on a temporary basis and later as a permanent member of staff.

Teaching

At the BIA, I have taught on the:

  • Insessional Programme: English in Your Subject for MBA and for MSc International Accounting & Finance; Exams for Success (Economics); AskEnglish!; 1-1s.
  • Foundation Programme: advanced and non-advanced groups (ABSSL & EPS pathways).
  • Presessional Programmes: UG, UNC (unconditional offer course), LST (language support tutoring: workshops, small groups, 1-1s).

Other activities

Other responsibilities

Apart from being an EAP Tutor, I am a Presessional Programmes Coordinator. In 2017, I co-coordinated the BIA’s Language Support Tutors Presessional Programme. I am now one of the coordinators of the Business Management English Presessional. I also act as Equality & Diversity Champion at the BIA.

Academic interests

My main research interests include teaching pronunciation in EAP, inclusive teaching, and the impact of translation software on EAP learning and teaching.

Publications

Academic

 

  • De Vries, R. and E. Van Geyte (2019). ‘Inclusive Teaching Strategies for International Students.’ Micro-CPD HEFi. Available at: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/university/hefi/news/2019/02/MicroCPD-Inclusive-lecturing-strategies-for-international-students.aspx
  • De Vries, R. and V. Raffin (2019). ‘Improving Pronunciation Awareness and Accuracy through Collaborative Learning’. In:      Gilway, M. (2019), Proceedings of the 2017 BALEAP Conference: Addressing the state of the Union: Working together = learning together.  Reading: Garnet.
  • De Vries, R. and V. Raffin (2017). ‘Enhancing IFP students’ engagement through pronunciation peer practice’. InForm, Issue 17, December 2017, pp. 6-9.
  • De Vries, R. and V. Raffin (2016). ‘Specialist Knowledge: An Interactive Approach.’ InForm, Issue 16, December 2016, pp. 11-14.
  • Vries de, R. F. (1993). ‘Opleiding en verschillen in arbeidsmarktparticipatie en vruchtbaarheidsgedrag van vrouwen.’ [Education and differences in labour force participation and fertility behaviour of women] (1993). Brussels/The Hague: Bevolking en Gezin, 1993/1.
  • Vries de, R. F. (1992). ‘Child Health in Developing Countries.’  Demographic Reports, Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen, the Netherlands.

Literary

 

  • The Long and the Short of It (2006). E-book: www.richardfrost.net
  • Brain and Body (2000). London: Allison & Busby. Short-listed for the Amazon.co.uk Writers’ Awards 2000 (Judges: Alain de Botton, Zadie Smith, and Sarah Waters)
  • Stage-play Openings (1999). York: Rhesus Productions

Conferences

  • Translation Technology in Education –  Facilitator or Risk? July 2019, University of Nottingham. Presentation: ‘Translation     and language-checking tools: how are they (to be) used?’ In collaboration with Jake Groves.
  • HEFi19, June 2019, University of Birmingham. Presentation: ‘Finding the expert within: teaching in more inclusive ways.’ In collaboration with Els Van Geyte.
  • HEFi19, June 2019, University of Birmingham.  Presentation: ‘Translation Tools: a useful tool for international students?’ In collaboration with Jake Groves.
  • BALEAP, April 2018, University of Leeds. Presentation: ‘Online Translation Tools in EAP’. In collaboration with Jake Groves.
  • InForm, July 2017,      University of Reading. Presentation: ‘Enhancing IFP Students’ Engagement through Pronunciation Peer Practice.’ In collaboration with Veronica Raffin.
  • BALEAP, April 2017, University of Bristol. Presentation: ‘Collaborative Learning: Peer Practice in Pronunciation.’ In collaboration with Veronica Raffin.
  • InForm Conference, July 2016, University of Durham. Presentation poster: ‘Specialist Knowledge: An Interactive Approach.’ Topic: facilitating the acquisition of discipline-specific vocabulary. In collaboration with Veronica Raffin.
  • BIA Teacher Support and Development Event, July 2016, University of Birmingham. Presentation: ‘Pronunciation in EAP Teaching.’

Publications

Academic

  • De Vries, R. and V. Raffin. ‘Improving Pronunciation Awareness and Accuracy through Collaborative Learning’. BALEAP 2017 Conference Proceedings.
  • De Vries, R. and V. Raffin (2017). ‘Enhancing IFP students’ engagement through pronunciation peer practice’. InForm, Issue 17, December 2017, pp. 6-9.
  • De Vries, R. and V. Raffin (2016). ‘Specialist Knowledge: An Interactive Approach.’ InForm, Issue 16, December 2016, pp. 11-14.
  • Vries de, R. F. (1993). ‘Opleiding en verschillen in arbeidsmarktparticipatie en vruchtbaarheidsgedrag van vrouwen.’ [Education and differences in labour force participation and fertility behaviour of women] (1993). Brussels/The Hague: Bevolking en Gezin, 1993/1.
  • Vries de, R. F. (1992). ‘Child Health in Developing Countries.’ Demographic Reports, Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen, the Netherlands.

Literary

  • The Long and the Short of It (2006). E-book: www.richardfrost.net
  • Brain and Body (2000). London: Allison & Busby. Short-listed for the Amazon.co.uk Writers’ Awards 2000 (Judges: Alain de Botton, Zadie Smith, and Sarah Waters)
  • Stage-play Openings (1999). York: Rhesus Productions

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