I joined the School in 2009. I teach on courses such as the International Foundation Year (EU), English Language and Communication undergraduate course and the Diploma / MA TESOL postgraduate course, as well as short teacher training courses such as CELTA and courses for teacher trainees from Uppsala and bilingual primary and secondary teachers from Spain. I have a keen interest in the use of ICT in learning and teaching and have run teacher development workshops on the use of technology in teaching. I have been involved as an international consultant on a Language Arts Pre-Service Teacher Education Development Project in Palestine providing teacher training in the use of ICT and development of e-learning materials for teaching and learning and a materials development project in Bangladesh to develop English language materials for Higher Education universities and colleges. My research and professional interests are in the the use of technology in the language classroom, in particular for teaching English for academic purposes, and lexical approaches to the learning and teaching of grammar.
Research and knowledge exchange
I have recently been involved in curriculum development projects in Bangladesh: ‘Transforming English Language Skills in the HE Sector in Bangladesh’ and in Kent (Migrant Help).
Teaching and subject expertise
M.A in TESOL (Canterbury Christ Church University); DTLLS (English ESOL) (Trinity College, London); BA in German (University of Bristol); RSA TESL (Westminster College, London).
(2015) Research into collaborative learning: a Malaysian case study (presentation with Richard Cullen).Research without Borders Conference, CCCU
(2013) Talking the talk: online collaborative learning on an ESL teacher education programme (presentation with Richard Cullen). Cutting Edges Conference, CCCU
(2011) Bringing Words to Life: Using Moviemaker and wikis in the classroom: a voyge of discovery (presentation with Antonia Linehan). Cutting Edges Conference, CCCU
(2011) Movies making meaning: creating a video dictionary using moviemaker (workshop with Dr Goodith White). 20th MELTA International Conference 2011, Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia
(2010) Using technology in second language learning. Expanding the vision: A study of pre-service teachers.(presentation with Kevin Balchin). Cutting Edges Conference CCCU.
(2009) Lexical Approach to Grammar. Cutting Edges Conference CCCU.
Publications and research outputs
(2016) Balchin,K. and Wild, C. ‘Exploring the role of recently-qualified English teachers in developing technology use in language classrooms through communities of practice.’ ELT Research Papers 16.05. Available at https://englishagenda.britishcouncil.org/research-publications/research-papers
(2015) Balchin, K. & Wild, C. 'Expanding the vision: A study of trainee teachers' beliefs about using technolgy in the English language classroom in Malaysia' in Asian EFL Journal 17(4)
(2013) Cullen, R., Kullman, J. & Wild, C. (2013) 'Online collaborative learning on an ESL teacher education programme' in ELT Journal 67(4)
(2011) 'An investigation into using a lexical approach to language learning in the ESOL classroom' in Language Issues 22/1