Dr John Speller
English language lecturer and professional proofreader of scientific and academic texts for publication. I specialise in teaching scientific and technical writing and presentation skills. I am an active researcher in the area of ELT. I help scientists and engineers to communicate more effectively with each other and the wider public.
Education and Qualifications
2007 – 2010 University of Warwick
PhD Sociology of Literature
2004 – 2005 University of Warwick
M.A. French Culture and Thought Distinction
1999 – 2003 University of Warwick
B.A. French and English First Class
2010 – Present English Language Lecturer, Lodz University of Technology (Poland)
2006 – 2010 Postgraduate Seminar Tutor, University of Warwick (UK)
2005 – 2006 English Language Teacher, Université de Pau et des Pays de L’Ardour (France)
2005 – 2006 English Language Teacher, Wall Street Institute (France)
Speller, J. and Miłosz-Bartczak, A. 2017. Academic English for Engineers. Lodz: Lodz University of Technology Press
Miłosz-Bartczak, A. and Speller, J. 2017. Academic English for Engineers Teacher's Book. Lodz: Lodz University of Technology Press
Ahearne, J. Speller, J. eds. 2012. Bourdieu and the Literary Field. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press
Speller, J. Miłosz-Bartczak, J. 2018. Blaski I cienie metody Problem-based Learning in Specyficzne potrzeby studentów szkół wyższych a nauczanie języków obcych, Tom II, Praktyczne narzędzia, Wrocław 101-109.
Speller, J. Miłosz-Bartczak, J. 2016. Using Moodle to Teach Academic English as a Foreign Language for Engineers. In: Bieszczanin, M., and Zasłona, A. eds. Active in Languages – inter-Active in Teaching. Proceedings of the Conference held in Wrocław, October 24–25, 2015, organized by the Philological School of Higher Education. Wrocław: Wydawnictwo Wyższej Szkoły Filologicznej we Wrocławiu, pp. 131-143.
Conference Presentations and In-House Training
Presentation: 'How to Supercharge your Moodle', Lektor Hi-Tech Conference, Lodz University of Technology 2018
Presentation: 'Creating a Task-based English for Mathematics Lesson with a Subject Specialist', IX Konferencja Naukowo-Dydaktyczna "Języki obce – między rutyną a innowacją” Ustroń/Gliwice 2017
Presentation: 'A Task-Based Approach to Teaching EAPP', University of Wrocław 2016
Presentation: 'Wikamp: Nie jest fajny?', CJ In-House Training Session, Lodz 2016
Presentation: Using Moodle to Teach Academic English as a Foreign Language for Engineers‘ Wyższa Szkoły Filologiczna Wrocław 2015.
Presentation: 'Using Powerpoint in the Classroom' CJ In-House Training Conference, Lodz 2014.
Interests and Additional Skills
I have extensive experience of teaching English as a foreign language using a wide range of approaches, including blended learning (Wall Street Institute), the Communicative Approach (commercial Conversation Classes), the Lexical Approach (Real English commercial course) and Task-based Language Teaching. I have also taught preparation courses for the IELTS, BEC and Proficiency exams. I specialise in the teaching of technical and scientific writing and presentation skills.
I am currently course coordinator for three courses, which involves developing course programmes and assessment methods. I was Head of the Language Team at the International Faculty of Engineering 2011-15, during which time I oversaw a period of curriculum change and modernisation, including the development of systems for examinations and for using the university on-line Course Management System. I am particularly interested in finding ICT solutions to facilitate learning and administration.
In my teaching role and as a professional proof reader I use technology extensively, including for class presentations (Powerpoint), electronic editing (Word, LaTeX, Markin 4) and course management (Moodle, Blackboard). I manage submission, marking and feedback of written assignments and video presentations via the university CMS. I am also able to make interactive content, using software including Hot Potatoes, Exe-Learning and Xerte. I have given in-house training sessions on using powerpoint in the classroom, creating interactive content and advanced use of Moodle.
I am fluent in French, written and spoken, and am learning Polish with a target to reach level B1 in 2018.
I am a keen guitarist and have been in several bands, most notably a country band at university. I occasionally make YouTube video guitar lessons – one of which has received over 1000 views.
Available on request.