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Ms Hannah Gurr

Ms Hannah Gurr

Ms Hannah Gurr

EAP Tutor

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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.


I am a native speaker of English with a 2:i BA Hons from Bristol (June 1999), a Cambridge DELTA qualification (June 2011) and nineteen years’ teaching experience in the UK and abroad. During the course of my career I have taught students from Europe, Central and South America, West Africa and Madagascar, the Middle East and the Far East. In Germany and Austria I mainly designed and led courses in Business English working with companies such as OSRAM, Kapsch, Beiersdorf, Credit Suisse, Henkel, Siemens, E.ON, Puma, Deutsche Telekom, Rehau, Continental-Temic and Quelle. There and in the UK, I regularly taught English for Specific Purposes, such as Aviation English with trainee air-traffic controllers, e.g. from the École Nationale de l'Aviation Civile (ENAC) and L'Agence pour la Sécurité de la Navigation aérienne en Afrique et à Madagascar (ASECNA) as well as teaching pilots, ground crew and flight attendants. Since my year in Italy (2005-06) I have delivered many exam preparation courses, including the TOEIC, IELTS, BEC, ICFE, PET, FCE, CAE and CPE examinations.

In the last seven years at the Centre for Academic Language and Development (formally CELFS) at the University of Bristol I have gained experience of teaching Academic Writing, (Accelerated) Text Response and Maths Link classes for the International Foundation Programme (plus); for Learning, English, and Academic Development (LEAD); I taught Academic Development Days (ADD) as well as Academic Language and Literacy (ALL) for Public Policy, Chemistry, Clinical Science and Computer Science; Academic Listening and Speaking (ALS). I was a cluster leader on the 2017 pre-sessional and was required to step in to take over classes on the 2015, 2016 and 2017 courses. In addition, my role includes materials creation for the IFP and writing listening exams as part of the assessment for ALS. I set up and have maintained the CELFS Teaching and Learning Network blog since October 2015.


April 2017 Presented at BALEAP Conference at the University of Bristol ‘Addressing the state of the union: Working together = learning together’

Dec. 2016    Article ‘How I survived teaching English for Mathematics’ published in InForm journal

July 2016 Presented at InForm Conference at the University of Durham ‘Working with Words: Supporting understanding of discipline-specific vocabulary in IFPs’

May 2016 Attended TEAP portfolio workshop held at CELFS – I hope to complete my TEAP Portfolio for the ‘Fellow’ pathway by 30 June 2018

April 2016 Attended TEASIG (Testing, Evaluation and Assessment special interest group) pre-conference event at the 50th IATEFL Conference in Birmingham

April 2016 Attended and presented at the week-long TEAP course run by CELFS

Dec. 2015 Article ‘Randomizing the classroom: ways and whys’ published in InForm journal

Nov. 2015 Co-presented at BALEAP Professional Issues Meeting in Sheffield ‘Process and Practice in EAP’

July 2015 Presented at InForm Conference at the University of Reading ‘TEL on the IFP’

June 2015 Attended BALEAP Professional Issues Meeting in St Andrews ‘Grammar in EAP’

April 2015 Presented at BALEAP Conference at the University of Leicester ‘EAP in a Rapidly Changing Landscape: Issues, Challenges and Solutions’

June 2014 Attended BALEAP Professional Issues Meeting in Coventry ‘EAP and Corpora’

2008 – 2012 Attended the 46th IATEFL Conference in Glasgow, the 45th IATEFL Conference in Brighton and the 42nd IATEFL Conference in Exeter

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