Dr Sue Teale

Dr Sue Teale

EAP Tutor & Presessional Coordinator

Contact details

Birmingham International Academy
46 Priorsfield
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

I have worked at the University of Birmingham since 2009. Currently, I am an EAP tutor at the Birmingham
International Academy (BIA) where I teach on Foundation and Insessional programmes and have been a
presessional coordinator for the summer EAP Postgraduate Programme since 2015.


  • PhD in Medieval English and French Didactic Literature (The University of Birmingham)
  • MPhil on the work of Christine de Pisan (The University of Birmingham)
  • BA in combined honours English and History (The University of Birmingham)


I have lived in the UK, China and Zimbabwe where I have worked on a range of English courses, which have included general EFL, 1 to 1s, small classes for teenage learners, EAP presessionals and English for Court Interpreters. I have also worked as consultant for the British Council in Malawi.


  • Foundation Programme
  • Insessional – Economics
  • Presessional. – EAP PG
  • General EFL
  • ESP (English for Court Interpreters)

Other activities

Other responsibilities

In addition to my main responsibilities, I am responsible for the managing of the Teacher Assistant provision on the EAP PG summer presessional.  I have also initiated a Peer-Assisted Study Scheme (PASS) for Foundation students.

Academic interests

My main research interests include how you can successfully incorporate English for Specific Academic Purposes (ESAP) onto an English for General Academic Purposes (EGAP) course, the role of Postgraduate Teacher Assistants as subject specialists and the effectiveness of peer support.


Teale, S. (2017) Integrating an ESAP component into an EGAP course. [Presentation to the BALEAP Conference.] Bristol

Teale, S. (2017) Enhancing International Foundation Programme (IFP) student engagement by means of peer support by successful ex-student. [Presentation to the InForm Conference.] Reading


Teale, S. (2019) The effectiveness of collaboration between a class teacher and a teacher assistant as a subject expert on a pre-sessional course. Proceedings of the 2017 BALEAP Conference: English for specific academic purposes. Reading: Garnet Education.