Meet the ELTC Team


 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

Transition Strategic Lead - Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy

Christine Faulkner (SFHEA)

Programme Director of the International Foundation Course

IFC Module Leader - Professional Development

Image of Christine FaulknerChristine is the Director of the English Language Training Centre and Programme Director of the International Foundation Course, and a Senior Fellow of Advance HE (SFHEA).  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 wide range of seminars and conferences, most recently the 2021 BALEAP conference (virtual).  As part of Learn English in Wales, she has hosted and co-convened the 2016, 2018 and 2019 conferences at Cardiff Metropolitan.

Her Masters in Education dissertation examined the English language learning experiences of Chinese students.

In addition to her role as DIrector of the ELTC, Christine is also the Transition Strategic Lead for the School of Education and Social Policy.

In her spare time, Christine enjoys running and is passionate about travelling and exploring new countries.


Deputy Director of the ELTC (Monday - Wednesday)

Maria Bond FHEA

IFC Module Leader - English for General Academic Purposes

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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 inspired her 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 English for Academic Purposes (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 Newland-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, on which she is currently the English for General Academic Purposes (EGAP) module leader. 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 Advance HE (FHEA). Maria is now working towards becoming a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (SFHEA). 

When she's not working, Maria enjoys running and completed the Cardiff Half Marathon that took place in October 2018.


Deputy Director of the ELTC (Thursday and Friday)

Dorne Newland-Edwards (FHEA)

English Language Tutor (Monday - Wednesday)

IFC Module Leader - English Language Proficiency

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Dorne shares the role of Deputy Director of the ELTC with Maria Bond, and is an English Language Tutor within the centre. She teaches on the Pre-Sessional Programme and the International Foundation Course on which she is also the module leader for the English Language Proficiency module. Dorne is a Fellow of Advance HE (FHEA).

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.

Dorne's hobbies include cooking, photography and running, but she has a particular passion for hiking and has walked the length of Hadrian's Wall.


Teaching Team

Zobiea Nasir (FHEA)

English Language Tutor

IFC Module Leader - Context Analysis

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Zobiea began her professional teaching career in 2005, in both public and private sectors. In 2008, she completed her CELTA at Bristol University, and a Masters in TESOL in 2012 at the University of Wales, Newport (currently University of South Wales), examining the linguistic properties and gender differences of writing styles between native English speakers and non-native English learners in text messaging.

Zobiea joined the ELTC at Cardiff Metropolitan in 2013 and teaches on the Pre-Sessional Programme and the International Foundation course on which she is the module leader for Context Analysis.

In 2016, Zobiea delivered the Pre-Sessional Programme in Beijing, China, overseeing teaching, assessments, and mentoring. Other courses she has delivered are In-Sessional Foundation Support and the Cardiff School of Management International Foundation Course. Zobiea is a Fellow of Advance HE (FHEA) and regularly attends the Learn English in Wales conference sharing best practice in the field of linguistics.

Zobiea is a keen sports fan, enjoys learning about various cultures and is fluent in Urdu and Punjabi.


Pierre Gaite (FHEA)

English Language Tutor

IFC Module Leader - Critical Thinking

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Pierre 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 were otherwise non-native speakers, 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 has completed a PhD in Medieval History at Cardiff University, where he also carried out undergraduate teaching. His primary research and academic interests now involve cognitive neuroscience and how it can inform teaching practice.


Kenneth Chan

English Language Tutor

IFC Module Leader - English for Specific Academic Purposes

Image of Kenneth ChanKen 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.


Cristina Higuera Martín (FHEA)

English Language Tutor

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Cristina began her career in education in 2003 and joined the ELTC in 2014.

Cristina holds a first class honours degree in English and Spanish Studies and a Postgraduate Professional Development Award in Mentoring and Coaching in Education.

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 is a Fellow of Advance HE (FHEA). 

Associate Tutors

The ELTC is supported by an exerienced group of Associate Tutors - you can meet some of them here:

David Newland-Edwards

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David worked in retail, civil engineering and student services, before embarking on a 30-year career in marketing, development and funding in the arts and culture sector, where his roles included training, coaching and mentoring. 

After completing a Cambridge CELTA in 2017, David became a volunteer English teacher at the Welsh Refugee Council, teaching refugees and asylum seekers. He joined Cardiff and Vale College in 2018 as a REACH Assessor (Regional ESOL Assessment Central Hub) and an ESOL Lecturer (English for Speakers of Other Languages).  

David joined the ELTC in 2018 as an Associate Tutor and has taught students on the Pre-Sessional summer courses and the International Foundation Course, as well as ELTC courses for Shibaura Institute (Japan) and Cardiff School of Management.  

David is proud to have taught students from 71 countries so far. He is currently studying for his PgCE / PcET. 


Angharad James

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Angharad began teaching English as a foreign language as a teenager growing up in Hong Kong.  Following her Bachelor's degree in English Literature and Politics at York University, she completed her CELTA in 1999. She has since worked as an TEFL teacher in Nepal, Hong Kong and the UK, alongside working as a journalist.  A job at BBC Wales brought her to Cardiff, where she decided to dedicate herself to education full-time in 2008: completing her PGCE in Secondary Education at Cardiff Met.  

She has 10 years' experience as a secondary English teacher; mostly gained at UWC Atlantic, where she developed strategies to support the English language needs of the College's international student body. This passion for supporting international students has brought her to the ELTC. 

Outside of work, she is interested in Creative Writing, learning Welsh and supporting refugees and asylum seekers. She also enjoys hill-walking, swimming and yoga in her free time.  


Natasha Parry

ELTC Administrator

Natasha joined the ELTC in January 2019 and provides all the administrative support in the Centre.  She is usually the first point of contact for our students and colleagues alike.