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Qualifications

PhD: “I know but I can’t explain.” The role of knowledge about English grammar in second language teacher education. University of South Wales, UK
M.Phil: Exploring native English speakers’ knowledge about grammar , University of South Wales, UK
M.A.: Applied Linguistics, Cardiff University, UK
Cambridge / RSA Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language: Oxford School of English, UK
Post graduate Dip. and B.A. (Hons), Oxford Brookes University, UK

About

Rhian’s work and research focus is influenced by twenty years of experience working in the field of Teaching English to Speakers of other languages (TESOL). Her career started overseas where she worked for four years; in Thailand, Australia and Japan. It is in these countries where she gained valuable experience of working in private and public English schools, universities and colleges and undertook both teaching and managerial work. As a result of this, Rhian believes that nothing is more exciting, worthwhile or memorable than a career which is positively enhanced by travel. Rhian will always travel and shares stories about her adventures with you in lectures. In the UK, Rhian has gained a wide variety of experience working in different aspects of TESOL; as a general and academic English teacher, examiner, Director of Studies for summer programmes around the UK, materials designer, course developer and as an academic manager.
Today, at the University of South Wales, Rhian acts on her belief that students need to graduate with ‘more than a degree’. USW TESOL provides a plethora of transferable skills: a developed awareness of language, confidence in public speaking, UK and overseas employment opportunities, a strong understanding of teaching methodologies demonstrated through six hours of planning, delivering and reflecting on live teaching and teaching assistant work. As a result of studying TESOL, you are able to leave university with important skills employers need and ask for. Rhian is delighted to have graduates working in eighteen countries around the world together with and a large bundle of graduates securing places on PGCE courses as a result of graduating with not only with a degree but also with a graduate USW TESOL certificate.
The main focus of Rhian’s research explores native speakers’ knowledge about grammar. Her research shapes her lecture material.

Experience

Rhian started work at the University of South Wales in 2004. She became the Award Leader for the International English Foundation Programme and then Head of International English. In 2010, Rhian moved into the English department and co-designed an undergraduate minor degree in TESOL. Rhian continues to teach, and undertake research with undergraduate students who take the TESOL as a part of their English or English and Creative Writing degree. Her main research focus explores native speakers’ knowledge about grammar.

Publications

Webb, R. (2016). “Perceived and actual knowledge about grammar upon commencing pre-service TESOL education.” ELT Research Journal 5(4): 261-277.

Memberships

• Member of IATEFL : International Association of Teachers of English as a Second Language
• Member of IATEFL: Research Special Interest Group
• Member of IATEFL :Teacher Education Special Interest Group
• Member of LEW : Learn English in Wales association of Welsh ELT Institutions
• Member of USW Faculty Quality Committee
• Member of organising committee for IATEFL: Teachers Research! Special Interest Group Bahcesehir University, Istanbul, Turkey

External

Invited Lectures:
• November 2019: One-hour Skype lecture to International MA TESOL students: ‘Knowledge about grammar in pre-service native English speakers’ TESOL education.’ Bahçeşehir University, Istanbul, Turkey.
• January 2019: Whole day lecture to Welsh speaking undergraduate students: ‘Approaches, techniques and methods in language education’ Swansea University, South Wales, UK
• February 2017: One-hour Skype lecture to International MA TESOL students: ‘The problem with and proposed solution for UK pre-service native English-speaking teachers’ knowledge about grammar.’ Bahçeşehir University, Istanbul, Turkey
External positions
• 2016 -2017: Conference organiser, Bahçeşehir University, Istanbul, Turkey
• 2012 – 2016: External Examiner for TESOL, Manchester University
• 2013: External advisor for Peartree Language School, Cardiff
• 2007 – 2011: External Examiner for International English, South Bank University

Consultancy

Rhian works closely with UK and International schools and companies to provide employment opportunities to all TESOL undergraduates. These include:
• Oxford International Education Group, Greenwich, London
• The British Council, Teach English in Thailand programme, Thailand
• Mathus Language School, Surrathani, Thailand
• The Welsh Refugee Council, Cardiff

Rhian undertakes collaborative work with USW, International English. Work includes:
• Delivering lectures to visiting academics from China and Estonia
• Arranging for teaching assistant work to be undertaken by TESOL undergraduates
• Arranging for International Students to undertake collaborations with TESOL undergraduates

Research

Acronyms:
IATEFL: International Association of Teaching English as a Foreign Language
IATEFL ReSIG: IATEFL Research Special Interest Group
TESOL: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

November 2019: Learn English in Wales: “Grammar and the native English -speakers’ fallacy” Cardiff Metropolitan University, South Wales, UK

April 2019: IATEFL: ‘Knowledge about grammar in pre-service native English speakers’ TESOL education.’ Liverpool, UK

April 2019: IATEFL ReSIG: “What can academics learn from teacher research” Liverpool, UK

June 2018: University of South Wales Post Graduate Research Conference: Three-minute thesis (3MT), ‘“I know but I can’t explain”: The role of knowledge about English grammar in second language teacher education’, Pontypridd, UK

June 2017: University of South Wales Post Graduate Research Conference: ‘The reasons why UK native speakers have inaccurate perceptions of knowledge about grammar’, Pontypridd, UK

May 2017: University of South Wales and Cardiff Metropolitan University Research Symposium: ‘Knowledge about grammar: perception, reality and the impact of a pragmatic instructional approach in pre-service TESOL education’, Cardiff, UK

May 2017: IATEFL ReSIG: ‘Levels and perceptions of pre-service native and non-native speakers’ knowledge about grammar’, Istanbul, Turkey

April 2017: IATEFL: ’Helping pre-service native UK TESOL teachers with knowledge about grammar’, Glasgow, UK

June 2016: IATEFL ReSIG: ‘The role of teachers’ knowledge about grammar in weak and strong communicative language TESOL teaching’, Istanbul, Turkey

June 2016: University of South Wales Post Graduate Research Conference: ‘Knowledge about grammar: implications for pre-service TESOL education’, Pontypridd, UK (awarded first prize for best presentation)

April 2016: IATEFL: ‘Knowledge about grammar its impact on development of pedagogical content knowledge in pre-service TESOL education’, Birmingham, UK

June 2015: IATEFL ReSIG: ‘A quantitative exploration of pre-service native English- speaking teachers’ knowledge about grammar’, Izmir, Turkey

April 2015: IATEFL: ‘A qualitative exploration of pre-service native English-speaking teachers’ knowledge about grammar’, Manchester, UK

April 2011: IATEFL: ‘Pre-service TESOL teachers undertaking peer teaching’, Brighton, UK

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