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Ms Hannah Gurr


Hannah Gurr

I graduated from the University of Bristol in 1999 with a BA in History of Art. After this, I began a master’s degree in Deaf Studies, part of which covered the linguistics of Sign Language; thereafter, I worked at the University's Centre for Deaf Studies. From 2001 to 2005 I taught English in Germany, after which I spent a year at the British School in Lugo, Italy. 2006–2008 I worked at OISE Bristol. After another couple of years away (Vienna and Brighton) I returned to Bristol, having completed the Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults (DELTA) in June 2011. I started at CELFS (now the Centre for Academic Language and Development) teaching on the 10-Week pre-sessional course in June 2013 and in September 2015 became a permanent member of staff at the same time as beginning a master's degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MSc TESOL) which I completed with distinction in 2019. My dissertation was on the use of an interactive cover sheet aimed at facilitating dialogic feedback with the students on the International Foundation Programme, the summer pre-sessionals and the Learning, English and Academic Development (LEAD) programme.


I'm very keen on Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL) e.g. SMART Technologies, VLEs such as Blackboard, iPhone apps, as well as online polling systems such as Socrative. It seems clear that blended and m-learning will figure greatly in the future of education. In the last few years I have been particularly inspired by the idea of 'flipped' lessons as well as formative assessment and the work of Dylan Wiliam.