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Durham University

DCAD: English Language Support

Current Staff Information

Ms Clare Carr, MA (Cantab), MA (Leicester), PGCE (Primary), DipPsych, DELTA, CELTA, FHEA.

Assistant Professor (Teaching), Summer Pre-sessional Assessment Co-ordinator in the Durham Centre for Academic Development (DCAD)

Contact Ms Clare Carr

One of my core roles in the English Language Centre is Assessment Coordinator for the Summer Pre-Sessional programme, with particular responsibility for development and delivery of all of the assessment processes and procedures. Every year, we welcome some 600 international students for intensive academic language and literacy training to prepare them for life in their Durham department.

Since 2017, I have also been a programme coordinator for short courses. This summer I was responsible for all aspects of a 10-week immersion programme for 3rd year BEd (EL) students visiting Durham from EdUHK.

I am also a dissertation supervisor on the MA TESOL programme.

During the academic year, I teach in a variety of contexts on EAP courses and programmes throughout the department: Year-Round Pre-Sessional courses, Academic Language and Communication courses and Academic Writing Unit sessions. I write materials for, and teach on, the AGCAS award-nominated Durham International Student Employability programme, a series of courses offered in collaboration with CEEC which aims to help international students to navigate the UK recruitment process.

As part of my work with the Academic Writing Unit, I design, deliver, evaluate, review and revise bespoke sessions within the Music Department for undergraduate and postgraduate (taught and research) students. I also provide specialised one-to-one academic writing consultations, mainly to students from the Social Sciences and Music departments.

I have worked as a teacher since 2003 and have specialised in teaching English for Academic Purposes in UK universities since 2009. I completed an MA in Music with Education Studies at Cambridge University in 2002 and gained a distinction in the MA in TESOL with Applied Linguistics from the University of Leicester in 2012. My dissertation focused on student and departmental desires/requirements of an EAP course. In addition to EAP and OER, my other qualifications and interests lie in the areas of Education Theory, Psychology and Music. I have continued to maintain and develop my theoretical and practical knowledge of music through regular appearances as a pianist and an French horn player in amateur orchestras and chamber ensembles.