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Mrs Mary Fender, CFEN (Ecole Normale de Chambery), Maîtrise d'Anglais (University of Grenoble), DUT Documentation Administrative (IUT Grenoble), MA Linguistics (Durham)

Language Services Coordinator in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 42241
Room number: 216, Elvet Riverside II

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I started my career as a primary school teacher in France and also qualified as a librarian/documentalist. After bringing up children, I did an MA in Linguistics at Durham University, specialising in syntax, and subsequently taught French for European Studies and as an elective module.

I then took up the post of Languages for All (LFA) coordinator and Resource Officer in 2003. Redefined as Language Services Coordinator, it involves coordinating extra-curricular language provision, delivered through over 100 courses by over 40 part-time tutors to approximately 800 students, staff and members of the public.

I also manage the Open Access Centre which provides multimedia language resources for MLAC, CFLS and English Language Centre students and teachers, with the help of 5 assistants on a rota basis.

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