Maria Bond

​ ​ ​ ​ ​Maria Sidaway ​Position:​Deputy Director of the ELTC
​School:​ Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy
​ Telephone:​029 2020 5993
​Room No:​Q014



Research Interests:
• The use of mobile phone applications to promote learner autonomy
• Kinaesthetic learning in language acquisition


Conference Papers:

March 2014 Learn English in Wales, Cardiff and Vale College, Using Mobile Phones in a Learning Environment: Friend or Foe?


I graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2009 with a BA (Hons) in Modern Languages with Interpreting (French and Spanish). My own experiences as an international student in both France and Argentina have inspired my current action research based around the promotion of learner autonomy and engagement of students using a variety of teaching methodologies combined with technology.

I began teaching in 2010, completing my CELTA qualification at International House (CLIC) Seville. After working in private language schools around Cardiff for a year, I returned to Seville in 2011 where I taught general English and Cambridge exam classes at the English Language Institute (ELI) until June 2013. I joined the ELTC in July 2013, first as an English Language Tutor on the Summer Pre-Sessional Course then progressing to the role of EAP Module Leader in September of the same year. In December 2014, I took on the role of Acting Manager of the ELTC and I was appointed the Deputy Director of the Centre in March 2015.

In addition to assisting the Director of the ELTC with the running of the Centre, I teach on both the Pre-Sessional and International Foundation Courses. I am currently undertaking the Postgraduate Certificate Teaching in Higher Education (PgCTHE) at Cardiff Metropolitan University, which will lead to the acquisition of FHEA status.