Veronica Raffin

Veronica Raffin

Presessional Programme Manager (UG)

Contact details

Birmingham International Academy
46 Priorsfield
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

I started working at the University of Birmingham in 2013. As an EAP tutor, I have taught in Presessional, Foundation and Insessional programmes. I have coordinated the UG Presessional programme and I am now one of the Presessional Programme Managers.


  • PG Cert in TEAP. 2016 – 2017, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK

  • Master of Education (Professional specialization: Divergent Learning) 2009-2010, Columbia College South Carolina, USA

  • Bachelor’s Degree (Teacher of English - English Teaching Qualification) 1994-2000 (USA equivalence: Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree) Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, Tucumán, Argentina


I have many years of experience teaching English language learners in Argentina, the USA, Kurdistan and the UK. I have worked in HE institutions since the beginning of my teaching career.  I have taught EAP in pre-sessional courses; ESP in medicine, law, media and business; English Grammar, Phonetics & English Phonology and English Language at a number of teacher training colleges and universities, including training Kurdish teachers in a teacher training programme in Kurdistan. I have experience coordinating and managing EFL and EAP programmes.



At the BIA, I have taught Presessional, Foundation and Insessional courses.

Other activities

Presentations in Conferences

  • De Vries, R.F. and Raffin, N.V.: Collaborative Learning: Peer Practice in Pronunciation. BALEAP Conference (Bristol, April 2017).
  • 'PRAAT: A Pedagogical Pronunciation Tool in the EAP Classroom (Co-presenter: V. Teran). BIA Internal CPD Conference. Birmingham, 2016.'
  • 'Specialist Knowledge: An Interactive Approach (Co-presenter: R. F. de Vries). In-Form Conference. Durham, 2016.'
  • 'Regional Varieties: Challenges & Adaptation and Managing Cultural Differences': Universidad Nacional de Tucuman, Argentina, 2016
  • 'Raising cultural awareness at school': Carolina TESOL Conference, Spartanburg, SC, USA, 2012
  • 'How to help students succeed in school - Helping parents help their children': McDonald Green Elementary School Parent Workshops, Lancaster, SC, USA, 2012
  • 'Reading strategies for EAL learners': Carolina TESOL CARE Conference, Spartanburg, SC, USA, 2009
  • 'Presentation on Discourse Analysis': I Coloquio Argentino de la IADA (International Association for Dialogue Analysis), Universidad Nacional de La Plata, La Plata, Argentina, 2003
  • 'The English teaching career': Expouniversidades 2003, Education and Culture Department of Tucuman, Tucuman, Argentina, 2003
  • 'Discourse Analysis': VII Jornadas Regionales de Investigación en Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales, Universidad Nacional de Jujuy, Jujuy, Argentina, 2002


  • De Vries, R.F and Raffin, N.V. (2020) Improving pronunciation awareness and accuracy through collaborative learning. Proceedings of the 2017 BALEAP Conference Addressing the state of the union: Working together = learning together
  • De Vries, R. F., & Raffin, N. V. (2017). Enhancing IFP students’ engagement through pronunciation peer practice. InForm, 17, 6–8. 
  • De Vries, R. & Raffin, V. (2016) Specialist Knowledge: An Interactive Approach. InForm 16, pp. 11-13.

  • Córdoba, M., Mealla, P., Pico, L, Raffin, N., & Ruiz, E. (2006). Communicative competence in colloquial register of news interviews. Revista del Departamento de Inglés (N°4). ISNN 1514-1810
  • Córdoba, M., Mealla, P., Pico, L, Raffin, N., & Ruiz, E. (2005). La competencia comunicativa en el registro coloquial en las entrevistas periodísticas. Revista del Instituto de Investigaciones Lingüísticas y Literarias Hispanoamericanas. Oralidad y Escritura (N° 16). ISNN 03278786—ISBN 950-554-423-5