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Language and linguistics academics praised for teaching

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    Fri 21 Jul 17

Four graduate teaching assistants in the Department for Languages and Linguistics have been given Excellence in Teaching Awards.

The annual awards are given to those who can demonstrate the positive impact they have made, both as an individual and as part of a team, to their students’ learning experience, and to their own professional development

Demah Alqahtani has only been at Essex for a short time, but the judges praised her for her enthusiasm, use of technology and proactive use of student feedback.

She said: “I have always been interested in enhancing my teaching quality by attending different workshops and courses. I was introduced to ideas that students have different learning styles (visual, auditory, and kinaesthetic), and I had to bear that in mind when I was planning and preparing the exercises for my classes. I've used a variety of techniques and resources to ensure that all students with different abilities and different learning styles can benefit from my classes and enjoy the learning process.”

Angeliki Balantani, who has recently completed a PhD, was described as ‘going the extra mile’ for her students. Her commitment to motivating students and building their confidence, along with her collaboration with colleagues was commended.

Paloma Carretero Garcia impressed the judges with her energy and enthusiasm, her empathetic approach to student support and her willingness to mentor others.

Eleni Galata was praised for her desire to inspire, motivate and engage all students – including those with additional needs and for her commitment to research-led education and to meaningful community engagement.

"An excellent teacher for me is one who offers equal opportunities to every student, inspires them, and helps them fulfil their potential, by challenging them constantly," said Eleni.

Each will receive £250 towards their own personal development.