Jane Sjoberg

EAP Tutor & Presessional Coordinator

Contact details

Birmingham International Academy
46 Priorsfield
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Distinguished Fellow of the University of Birmingham Teaching Academy. In addition to teaching, I contribute actively to the development of new teaching resources both paper-based and online. I set up and coordinated the Birmingham International Academy's (BIA) student magazine ‘The Key’ and enjoy getting involved in the student social programme when time permits.



  • MA TESOL (University of Manchester)
  • BA Hons in Modern Languages (University of Catania, Italy)
  • BA Hons in Italian and German (University of Exeter)


  • PGCE with QTS (Sheffield Hallam University)
  • TEFLQ - British Council Upgrade


I lived in Sicily (Italy) for 17 years where I worked in a wide range of educational and professional environments. This included teacher training projects for the Ministry of Education and the development and delivery of ESP courses such as English for Surveyors, Business English and English for Quality Management in Education.

For many years I was project coordinator for a non-profit organisation (LILA) working with people affected by HIV/AIDs and substance abuse. From 2003 to 2006, I worked as an English tutor at the University of Catania, teaching mainly undergraduate writing classes.

Since relocating to the UK in 2006, I have taught both in Further and Higher Education contexts, including some challenging but rewarding work with refugees and asylum seekers. In addition to my university work, I also work as an EFL exam item writer and as a translator and proofreader for Italian-English texts in science and medicine.


During the year I teach on a variety of English Modules (including Foundation, Pre-Masters and Insessional courses). In the summer I teach and co-ordinate staff CPD on the EAP2 pre-sessional programmes with postgraduates from a variety of disciplines. Although I teach across all college disciplines, I have a special focus on Engineering and Science pathways, in particular Computer Science.

Other activities

I have a special interest in curriculum development across BIA programmes. I have written numerous in-house teaching and learning materials for the BIA, including the 20- and 15-week EAP2 presessional course materials and the materials for the Advanced Academic Skills and Pre-Masters modules for the Foundation Programme. Recent materials include those for the CELT (Critical Engagement with Longer texts) component of the Pre-doctoral Studies course.

I contribute regularly at internal and external conferences in EAP, with a particular focus on learning and technology.

Selected Conference Papers


May 2017: ESAP for Foundation Science & Engineering. Ruhr University, Bochum

April 2017: A Student Magazine project: A Key for Many Doors. BALEAP Conference, University of Bristol

February 2017: BALEAP Webinar Foundation Teaching: Rising to the Challenge at the BIA

April 2015: Getting them on board – effective ways to use online discussions. BALEAP Conference, University of Leicester

January 2015: Using online discussions in Canvas effectively. LLAS E-Learning Symposium, University of Southampton

November 2013: Peer review – making it work. BALEAP PIM, Oxford-Brookes University

July 2011: All Aboard! Being smart without a Smartboard. NATECLA National Conference, University of Warwick

November 2009: Smarten up! Use of the IWB in language teaching NATECLA Teacher Development Conference, Walsall

March 2003: Effective team teaching in secondary schools – practical suggestions. British Council National Conference, Acireale, Italy


July 2017: Continuing Presessional Development – the role of CPD. Share & Celebrate, BIA

July 2014: Using discussion boards in Canvas. Teaching and Learning Conference, University of Birmingham

January 2014: Using Mailvu videomail to promote student interaction, E-Learning Practitioners’ Forum, University of Birmingham

June 2013: Moving beyond Powerpoint - An experience of the BFA Foundation English Module Teaching and Learning Conference, University of Birmingham (joint presentation with Hayley Maxwell)


Peer-reviewed papers

McPake, N. & Sjoberg, J. (joint authors) (2012). Developing resources for community cohesion: a report on a small-scale IFL-funded action research project, Language Issues, 23(1): 66-78.

Nigro L, Larocca L, Celesia M, Montineri A, Sjoberg J, Caltabiano E, Fatuzzo F & The Unit Operators Group. (2006). Prevalence of HIV and Other Sexually Transmitted Diseases among Colombian and Dominican Female Sex Workers Living in Catania, Eastern Sicily. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 8(4): 319-323.


Maxwell, H., Mottura, A., Nickalls, R., Sjoberg, J. & Nightingale, K. (2014). Developing E- and Blended Learning Approaches for International Students. Education in Practice, 1(1): 12-15.

Sjoberg, J. (2013). Talking Teaching. Spotlight in the Classroom, 9: 5.

Sjoberg, J. (2006). Outside the classroom - Join the club! Part 3, English Teaching Professional, 46, Sept 2006: 53-55.

Sjoberg, J. (2006). Outside the classroom - Join the club! Part 2, English Teaching Professional, 45, July 2006: 49-51.

Sjoberg, J. (2006). Outside the classroom - Join the club! Part 1, English Teaching Professional, 44, May 2006: 49-51.

Sjoberg, J. (2004). Teaching in Tandem, English Teaching Professional, 32, May 2004: 13-14 (Also published as ‘Impress your students with a class double act’, The Guardian Weekly, 171(1), June 25-July 1, 2004: 4)

Sjoberg, J. (2004). Un assistente davvero speciale, ScuolaInsieme 10(2): 66-69.