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Mrs Elizabeth Allen


After graduating from King's College London, I worked for the British Council at their UK headquarters leading their South Africa scholarship programme. This then led to me working for the British Council as an English language teacher and teacher trainer in Spain, South Korea, Bangladesh and Brunei. In Brunei I also worked for CfBT as a CELTA trainer, the senior editor of an online foundation course and the manager of four education resource centres. I later worked for the University of Brunei Darussalam as an associate lecturer and Laksamana College of Business as a lecturer, winning their Lecturer of the Year award in 2006. In 2008 I started working for Dukhan English School in Qatar where I was Deputy Head of House and coordinated their IGCSE English provision.

In 2015 I moved to the UK to join the Centre for Academic Language and Development and am currently the Head of the International Foundation Programme and Deputy Director of the Centre. Since joining the University of Bristol, I have been awarded Fellow of Advance HE and Senior Fellow of BALEAP, as well as being made a BALEAP Mentor and Assessor for Teaching English for Academic Purposes (TEAP).


Transforming the IFP: From evolution to revolution, Evolution of International Foundation Programmes - recognising a new environment and adapting to changeInFormUniversity of Reading (June 2019). 

Empowering learner autonomy through peer-assisted study sessions, Innovation, Exploration and Transformation, BALEAP, University of Leeds (April 2019). 

Key Principles of Teaching and Learning, Developments in language teaching, Uzbekistan State University of World Languages, Uzbekistan (Sept 2018) (by invitation). 

Using Reading and Listening Circles with International Learning CommunitiesTeaching in the spotlight: Learning from global communitiesAdvanced HE, Aston University (July 2018). 

Problem-Based Learning: solving the problem of preparing high-level students for UG studyInnovative ideas for enhanced student engagementInFormUniversity of Birmingham (June 2018). 

Talking about Texts: Using Reading and Listening Circles to provide students with a meaningful purpose to engage with texts in seminars and presentations, Speaking, BALEAP PIM, INTO, University of Newcastle (June 2018). 

Effective ways of assessing speaking skills, Technology for teachers in assessment – the immediate future, IATEFL TEA SIG, CRELLA, University of Bedfordshire (Oct 2017). 

Alternative ways of assessing listening and speaking on an in-sessional EAP course, Innovations in English for Academic Purposes assessmentBritish Association of Applied Linguistics (BAAL) TEA SIG, University of Northampton (March 2017). 

Using Sonocent Audio Notetaker to develop international students’ listening and speaking skills, Bristol Teaching Awards, University of Bristol (May 2016) (poster presentation).  

How can Sonocent develop students’ listening and speaking skills? Humanising technology: Practical and realistic strategies for the second language classroomNorthern Association of TESOL, Manchester Metropolitan University (May 2016).  


Allen, E., Taylor, R. (2019), Problem-Based Learning: solving the problem of preparing high-level EAP foundation students for undergraduate studyInForm (18), Reading, pp. 29-31. 

Allen, E. (2017), An alternative way of assessing seminar skills, IATEFL TEASIG Conference Selections, Luton, pp. 55-59.