Dr Saadia Gamir
Dr Saadia Gamir, FHEA, is currently Senior Lecturer of French at the International and Global Studies Department in the Carnegie School of Education. Her academic background is Descriptive and Applied Linguistics, with a particular interest in Modern Foreign Language Pedagogy.
Saadia is an Advance-HE & UNILANG-Certified French and Arabic External Examiner and a Cambridge IGCSE examiner for Arabic as a First Language. She is a member of the Film in Language Teaching Association (FILTA) and the British Association of Teachers of Arabic (BATA) and also a freelance translator/interpreter.
Saadia started her career overseas, at Oran University in Algeria, in the early 90s: teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and English for specific purposes (ESP) to undergraduate and MA students. There, she also held the positions of Head of the English Department, supervising teacher trainees in their school placements, then Director of the Intensive Language Teaching Centre. She then continued her career, in the UK, first teaching the undergraduate Arabic programme and the MA translation and Interpreting modules in the Department of Arabic and Middle Easter Studies (1994-2000). Then, as Senior cataloguer until 2004, she represented the University of Leeds’s contribution to the Arabic & Semitic Revelation Project of the Research Support Libraries Programme (RSLP); which helped create online catalogue records and descriptions of special collections to aid researchers in identifying them.
Since joining Leeds Beckett University in 2004, Saadia has designed and taught curriculums for both Arabic and French and taught them at all the CEFR Levels, including some IPOS and Fast-track programmes. Apart from teaching, between 2011-2015, she took part in the online moderation, assessment and marking of portfolios completed by students and professional interpreters and translators enrolled in the Leeds Beckett Vocational Certificate in Interpreting (VCI) and the Vocational Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (VDPSI). She also participated in Networking and promoting language learning uptake in the Yorkshire and the Humber Region through the Routes into Languages scheme and the Leeds Loves Language Festivals (2009-2016), designing and delivering taster sessions for Year 9 to 12 high school pupils and university students, the aim of which was to enhance student mobility, global outlook attribute and global citizenship.
Saadia is currently involved in the following teaching areas:
- French at Leeds Beckett University (Levels: A1-C2)
- Français Langue Etrangère (FLE) at Alliance Française de Leeds (A1-C2)
- IWLP Ab initio Arabic programme at Bradford University
Saadia’s research interests are in using comprehensible input (Long,1983) to promote Second and foreign language acquisition (Krashen, in Schütz, 2019) and intercultural awareness. She focuses on classroom processes, particularly Skills-based Instruction (SBI) and project-based learning (PBL), and materials development. In her doctoral study, she implemented and analysed the impact of an innovative Flipped (Bergmann & Sams, 2014) and Blended teaching and learning model that offered interactive multimodal (Anstey & Bull, 2010) language learning opportunities which enabled language learners to use today’s technology-based human interaction strategies, such as communicating through social media messaging, blogging and accessing digital material, which enhanced their engagement and developed their speaking skills.
She is also interested in issues around Language policies and challenges facing MFL provision at UK schools and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).
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