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I have worked at the University of Huddersfield as a Senior Lecturer in TESOL since 2009.   Before joining the University, I spent ten years working in Further Education (FE) colleges as a curriculum manager for ESOL, TESOL and Teacher Education. 

I have a background and interest in both Modern Foreign Languages and ESOL.  After gaining a Master’s degree in German, I went on to take a PGCE in Modern Languages and spent several years teaching English in Austria and Germany.  On my return, I complete a Trinity Diploma in TESOL and a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics. 

I am currently course leader for the MA TESOL. 

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Materials Development in TESOL
  • Teacher Cognition
  • The use of new technologies in English Language Teaching

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Research Output 2017 2019

  • 1 Conference contribution
  • 1 Article

What does language assessment literacy mean to teachers?

Berry, V., Sheehan, S. & Munro, S., 9 Feb 2019, In : English Language Teaching Journal. 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Expert Testimony

Exploring Teachers' Language Assessment Literacy: A Social Constructivist Approach to Understanding Effective Practices

Berry, V., Sheehan, S. & Munro, S., Sep 2017, Learning and Assessment: Making the Connections: Proceedings of the ALTE 6th International Conference, 3-5 May 2017. Guitierrez Eugenio, E. (ed.). Cambridge, p. 201-207 7 p.

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Open Access

Activities 2016 2017

  • 3 Oral presentation

Beyond Surveys: An approach to understanding effective classroom practices

Susan Sheehan (Speaker), Sonia Munro (Speaker), Vivien Berry (Speaker)
28 Oct 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Attitudes, Practices and Needs

Sonia Munro (Speaker), Susan Sheehan (Speaker)
17 Aug 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Singing From the Same Hymn Sheet?: What Language Assessment Literacy Means to Teachers

Susan Sheehan (Speaker), Sonia Munro (Speaker)
16 Sep 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation