Lea - Academic Language And Learning English Language Teacher - Palm Beach QLD, Australia

Katherine Lea

Palm Beach QLD, Australia


Academic Language And Learning English Language Teacher


• Masters in Applied Linguistics (TESOL) , Graduate Diploma in Business Administration ( Finance and Marketing focus)
• Over 20 years of experience in teaching in and managing language centres in a competitive environment.
• 10 years plus IELTS examining experience in China
• Teaching and curriculum development experience in General English, English for Academic Purposes (EAP), IELTS and OET , Foundation and Pre Masters preparation programs, and extensive experience in management, curriculum design and teaching for a range of ESP courses, including Finance, Marketing, Top Management, Medical, Manufacturing, the Oil and Gas Industry, Mining and Exploration and Operations Research.
• Significant success in developing language centres to be profitable through strategic management, and efficiency measures in Australia and overseas
• Presentations and research into ESP and EAP issues, including cultural issues of delivery and student cultural learning frameworks
• Ability to work well in all teaching teams and significant experience in consulting and negotiating with stakeholders within the higher education diaspora.
• High degree of efficiency and knowledge in the use of computer systems, on-line learning environments, guided on-line learning, focused student-centred language development, and learning management systems

Work History

Materials Developer (freelance on ABN)

Envirotech RTO, Burleigh Heads

April 2013 - February 2014

Develop teaching materials for Certificate I-IV English Courses and Diploma in Business Courses

Casual IELTS preparation teacher

Browns ELS, Southport

March 2012 - March 2013

Sessional English Language Educator

QUT International College

January 2012 - February 2012

English Language Editor

Uncertainty Decision-Making Laboratory, Sichuan University Business School

From March 2011

Chengdu, China
Provide journal article editing and academic writing advice services for PhD students and Professors

writing and speaking coach


On-line training using Seegle Learning Platform
➢ Give advice to students on IELTS speaking and Writing Tests
➢ Give mock exams for speaking and provide feedback on Fluency, Grammar, Lexical Resource and Pronunciation
➢ Give detailed feedback on Writing Tasks in terms of IELTS band descriptors
➢ Prepare and deliver specifically focused Academic and General Training Writing lessons

English Language Tutor for Tibetan staff

Trace Foundation

February 2008 - November 2008

English Language Consultant

Klein Consulting

Provide services to clients on their English Language needs
University of Electronic Science and Technology Training Centre, Chengdu China, IELTS Teacher Training
English for Specific Purposes, , Peace Corps China, Business Writing Coach
Peace Corps China, English for Specific Purposes (Medical) Executive coach
Nepal English Language Teaching Association Conference, Presenter (2 conferences – one in Kathmandu and the other in Surket)
International Association for World Englishes (IAWE), 15th International Conference, Cebu, Philippines, Presenter
Chevron China, Chengdu, Co-ordinating Director, Language Services
Kaplan Education , Chengdu , China, Consultant teacher for Research Methods
English Language Company Australia, Beijing, Trainer on the Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language
British Council, Chongqing , Promotions presenter
Palmnet Sichuan Live, Consultant on marketing and Business Plan for the development of English Corner on the phone project
KUKUM University, Malaysia, Curriculum writer and Trainer, three day teacher training seminar on English medium content instruction (CLIL)
South West University of Finance and Economics, Chengdu, Presenter

English Language Specialist Assistant Professor,

University of Electronic Science and Technology, Chengdu, China

August 2004 - July 2006

➢ Masters level English Language Teacher for non-English Majors
➢ Develop and Lecture on Master Applied Linguistics - Language Testing Course (16 weeks)
➢ Develop and Lecture on liberal Arts Academic Writing course
➢ Develop and Lecture for Technical PHD journal writing course
➢ Develop and Lecture on Teacher Training Course (Chinese English teachers)

Pre-Masters Programme Director, Chengdu, China,

Anglo Chinese Education Company, Chengdu (Joint Venture with the Northern Consortium of UK Universities)

July 2003 - July 2004

Develop curriculum and write material for English for Academic Purposes and Management Studies curriculum
• Design and develop administration instruments for teaching and general management
• Supervise and schedule classes for 7 teachers
• Test, place and supervise students and maintain student records
• Counsel students on their progress
• Interview and employ sessional and casual teachers
• Design and conduct teacher development and teacher reviews (weekly)
• Prepare and submit all finances to accounts
• Develop the English Language Teaching Library
• Assist in marketing including writing brochure material and conducting marketing seminars
• Teach 15 hours a week in EAP and Management studies

English for Academic Purposes Teacher

IEN English - , Beijing

August 2002 - August 2003

• Develop and maintain curriculum materials
• Review and rewrite materials when necessary
• Counsel students on study progress and problems
• Teach on selected courses
• Train teachers on the use of the materials
• Train students for IELTS

IELTS Examiner

British Council, China

September 2001 - February 2011

Programme Directos

USA College of English

July 2000 - July 2001

Over see adherence to Unilearn Administrative procedures
• Develop and maintain curriculum materials
• Review and rewrite materials when necessary
• Counsel students on study progress and problems
• Liaise with Unilearn Australia
• Teach 20 hours a week on Language and Content courses
• Supervise teachers and teaching assistants
• Design and conduct teacher development and teacher reviews
• Train students for IELTS for Beijing USA College students and advise and train teachers on methodology for IELTS training

Director of Studies

KvB Institute of Languages

Director of Studies

Excelsior College

Academic English Coordinator

Foundation Studies Program, Sydney Interlink College

August 1997 - August 1998

Head of English and Foundation Studies administration,
English Language Teaching Department, Sydney Interlink College

Business English Teacher


Prague, Czech Republic; CLIC, Seville, Spain; and The English School, Seville, Spain

Director, Business English Programs

Czech Management Centre

Czech Republic (Joint Venture with Katz Business School, Pittsburg, USA)

Establish the program as the premier deliverer of specialized English language programs in the Czech Republic
• Write marketing materials and design marketing campaign for the program
• Write forward budgets and monitor all accounts (turnover in 1995 was approximately $A300,000)
• Liaise with clients and develop focused and specialised company based programs
• Design and write business focused public intensive language courses (60 - 270 hour courses)
• Create joint venture opportunities with international organizations such as the British Council and the United States Information Service
• Create opportunities for benevolent assistance where possible (i.e. assisting with EU PHARE education projects, creating opportunities for study abroad, assisting in research)
• Advise on and write internal English language support programs for Executive Training , GMAT , TOEFL and MBA programs
• Employ teachers, monitor performance, administer pay and conditions and develop and conduct teacher training workshops
• Teach 8-24 hours a week on in-company and intensive courses
• As a member of the Executive Committee of CMC assist in the development of management, marketing, fundraising, financial and educational policies for the Czech Management Centre

Qualifications & Certifications

TAE40110: Certificate IV in Training and Assessment


Applied Linguistics

Macquarie University

Business Administration

Deakin University


Canberra University

Professional Writing

Canberra University

Trinity College

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