Our dedicated team have a combined experience in various countries all over the world.
The staff at the ELTC come from a variety of backgrounds including literacy, education, business, linguistics and marketing.
Director of the ELTC
Programme Director of the International Foundation Course
IFC Module Leader - Professional Development
Christine is the Director of the English Language Training Centre and Programme Director of the International Foundation Course, and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She teaches on the Pre-Sessional Programme and the International Foundation Course on which she is also the module leader for the Professional Development module.
Christine joined the ELTC at Cardiff Metropolitan (then UWIC) in 2008 having gained her CELTA in 2003 at Bristol University. Prior to joining the ELTC, she worked at The Parade ESOL Service for five years and completed her PGCE in Post Compulsory Education and Training in 2007.
She has attended a number of seminars and conferences including IATEFL (Cardiff, 2009), the Second ESCalate Student Conference (University of Glamorgan, 2010), the Preparing for Success Workshop (Southampton University, 2011), the Learn English in Wales conferences (Swansea, 2012, Cardiff, 2014 and Cardiff, 2016 and 2018 as host venue), IELTS Stakeholder Seminar (Cardiff, 2015).
Her Masters in Education dissertation examines the English language learning experiences of Chinese students.
In her spare time, Christine enjoys running and regularly takes part in the Cardiff 10k and Half Marathon; and is passionate about travelling and exploring new countries.
Deputy Director of the ELTC (Monday - Wednesday)
IFC Module Leader - English for Academic Purposes
Maria is a keen linguist who graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2009 with a BA (Hons) in Modern Languages with Interpreting (French and Spanish). Her experiences as an international student in both France and Argentina have inspired her current action research based around the promotion of learner autonomy and engagement of students using a variety of teaching methodologies combined with technology.
Maria began teaching in 2010, completing her CELTA qualification at International House (CLIC) Seville. After working in private language schools around Cardiff for a year, she returned to Seville in 2011 where she taught general English and Cambridge exam classes at the English Language Institute (ELI) until June 2013. Maria 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, she took on the role of Acting Manager of the ELTC and was appointed Deputy Director of the Centre in March 2015. In January 2018, Maria reduced her hours in the Centre and now shares the role of Deputy Director with Dorne Edwards.
In addition to assisting the Director of the ELTC with the running of the Centre, Maria teaches on both the Pre-Sessional and International Foundation Courses. In June 2018, Maria successfully completed the Postgraduate Certificate Teaching in Higher Education (PgCTHE) at Cardiff Metropolitan University, and in doing so became a Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (FHEA).
When she's not working, Maria enjoys running and recently completed the Cardiff Half Marathon that took place in October 2018.
Deputy Director of the ELTC (Thursday and Friday)
English Language Tutor (Monday - Wednesday)
IFC Module Leader - English Language Proficiency
Dorne moved from a business management position in the private sector to Cardiff University in 1996, where she spent many years in a senior position supporting learning and research. A major part of her role was coaching and mentoring, and having harboured a lifelong dream of teaching English to adults Dorne decided to make the move in 2013.
Following successful completion of the Cambridge CELTA and Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS), Dorne then went on to teach Literacy to adults in the community and English Skills for Life to migrant workers, asylum seekers and refugees at Cardiff and Vale College. Dorne started working at Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2014 as an English Language Tutor on the Pre-sessional Summer course, and then joined the ELTC's core team in April 2015. In March 2018, Dorne became the Deputy Director of the ELTC on Thursdays and Fridays, sharing this role with Maria Bond.
Dorne's hobbies include cooking, photography and running, but she has a particular passion for hiking and walked the length of Hadrian's Wall in 2014.
English Language Tutor
IFC Module Leader - Context Analysis
Zobiea began her professional teaching career in 2005, working in a language school in Cardiff as a full-time teacher and assistant director of studies. During this period she completed her CELTA at Bristol University, and in 2012 completed her Masters in TESOL, whilst maintaining her teaching career. In 2014, Zobiea became an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (AFHEA).
Zobiea teaches on both the Pre-sessional and International Foundation Courses, and is the Context Analysis module leader. She is a keen sports fan with other interests including poetry and songwriting. Zobiea is multilingual, and enjoys learning about various cultures.
English Language Tutor
IFC Module Leader - Critical Thinking
Pierre has dual interests in education and academia. He began teaching in 2009, working as a secondary school English teacher for a number of years. This often involved working with students who were new arrivals in the UK or who did not speak English as a first language, and as a result Pierre has experience of teaching both the National Curriculum and English language skills. He has worked for the ELTC since 2013, initially as a tutor for the Summer Pre-Sessional Course before taking on a longer-term role in 2015, completing his CELTA at Cardiff Metropolitan in the same year.
Pierre teaches on the Pre-Sessional as well as the International Foundation Course, where he acts as the module leader for Critical Thinking. Outside of the ELTC, he is also undertaking a PhD in Medieval History at Cardiff University, where he conducts his own research and tutors in undergraduate seminars.
In May 2018, Pierre became a Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (FHEA).
Cristina Higuera Martín
English Language Tutor
A first class honours Language Studies (English and Spanish) graduate, Cristina also holds a Postgraduate Professional Development Award in Mentoring and Coaching in Education.
Cristina is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). Her teaching qualifications include a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education in Post-Compulsory Education and Training (PGCE PCET), a Certificate in Delivering English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and the International House Certificate in Language Teaching to Adults (CLTA).
Cristina began her career in education in 2003. She joined Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2011, initially as a student and in 2014 as a member of staff. Her research interests include teacher training, positive psychology and mentoring & coaching schemes.
English Language Tutor
Ken has taught English in Hong Kong, Japan and the UK since 1990. He trained in electronic engineering in the UK and, after some years working in the engineering field, he became interested in TEFL and completed a Master's degree in Education whilst teaching at the Hong Kong University of Science of Technology.
Over the years, Ken has enjoyed working with students in different parts of the world, which has also given him an appreciation of the richness and diversity of people and their languages, cultures and customs. Ken has presented and written papers on the importance of reading from a young age, and using Shakespeare in English teaching. In his spare time, he enjoys walking in the green areas of Cardiff.
Natasha joined the ELTC in January 2019 and provides all the administrative support in the Centre.