SOAS University of London

International Foundation Courses and English Language Studies

IFCELS Staff

Head of Department

Graham Davies

Acting Head, Foundation Programmes

William Hetherington

Head, English Language Programmes

Jennifer Balchin

Head, Teaching and Learning

David Fisher

Graham Davies
Head of Department
Graham Davies

Has worked in the IFCELS department since 1990 and before that taught English in Germany, the Middle East and South America. At SOAS was Head of the ICC foundation programme for 13 years before taking over as Head of Department in September 2009.


Jonathan Darlington
Programme Tutor, Intermediate Certificate Course (job share)
EAP Teacher
Johnny Darlington
Has worked at SOAS since 2000 and previously taught in Spain, Portugal and Brazil. Currently teaches English for academic purposes on the ICC Undergraduate Foundation Programme, ELAS, in-sessional courses and the TEAP teacher-training course. 

Emma Hilton
Programme Tutor, English Language and Academic Studies (currently on maternity leave)
Emma Hilton

Neil Robbie
Programme Tutor, In-sessional Courses
Neil Robbie

At IFCELS since 2004 . Previously twelve years in Japan teaching English and EAP. Marker for BEC and IELTS exams. Interested in the role of grammar and vocabulary teaching in EAP and study skills.


Deborah Stevenson
Pre-sessional Coordinator
Deborah Stevenson

Previously taught in Japan, France, Denmark and Jordan. Has special interest in English for Business and Management, Academic Writing, Technology Enhanced Learning and Coaching in Education.



Delia Lozano
Accommodation, Visa and Welfare Adviser/Academic Advice Unit Support
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EAP Teachers

Gareth Bentley
EAP Teacher
Gareth Bentley

I am interested in the discourses around international journalistic objectivity and emotion. I am also interested in social processes of conflict and alienation, particularly in the reporting of conflict and trauma.


Charles Caudell
EAP Teacher
Charles Caudell

15 years overseas ELT/EAP experience in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.
EAP instruction and support at SOAS since 1996.

Tony Corballis
EAP Teacher and Head of TEAP courses
Tony Corballis
Head of TEAP. Specialist in Business/Management/Economics EAP, working on university support and foundation programmes. Authored 'English for Management Studies' (Garnet) and other published materials, and trains in business communication skills.

David Fisher
EAP teacher
David Fisher

17 years overseas EAP experience in southeast Asia, the Middle East and West Africa; at SOAS since 1997

Christie Goodall
EAP teacher
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EAP teacher at IFCELS since 2006. Specialises in teaching EAP, study skills and presentation skills. Also provides language support on ICC Business and ELAS Humanities.




Debbie King
EAP Teacher
Debbie King

Worked at SOAS for six years. Previously taught English to adults for eighteen years, both in the UK and abroad (three years in Japan). Areas of interest include English for Media and Art and teaching reading / writing skills.


George Lane
EAP Teacher
George Lane
Current research concerns the presence of Persians in Yuan (Mongol) China. Teaching concentrates on Mediaeval Persia. Involved in IFCELS with the Lord Chancellor's programme for Chinese Lawyers since the early 90s as well as pre-sessionals and ELAS.
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Claire Laubier
EAP Teacher
Claire Laubier
At SOAS since 2002. Previous teaching and teacher training in France, Germany, Spain and Poland. Currently teaches on the Postgraduate Foundation Programme, ELAS, In-sessional and LTU courses as well as running the TEAP teacher-training course.
Catherine Lewis
EAP Teacher (part-time)
Catherine Lewis
At SOAS since 2007.  Has taught EAP, study skills, business English and IELTS in several universities as well as in Japan.  Interested in teaching academic essay writing.

Kevin Manton
EAP Teacher/Subject Lecturer
Kevin Manton
Has studied History, Politics and Philosophy and has two University of London Masters degrees and a PhD. Lectures, on European Society and Thought and Approaches to History. Has published articles and a book on British social and political history, and is an external examiner.

Mark McQuinn
EAP Teacher/Subject Lecturer
Mark McQuinn

Lecturer in Development Studies with a doctorate from SOAS. Currently researching the influence of foreign aid on the work of civil society groups in Sierra Leone and Tanzania. Published book in 2012 – Civil Society as a Conflictual Sphere in Post-liberalization Tanzania. Worked in Sierra Leone, Tanzania, the Sudan and Bulgaria.


Simon Read
EAP Teacher
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Simon Read has been an EAP teacher at IFCELS since 2000. He specialises in teaching for the IELTS test and also teaches English support classes on the ICC Economics course. Interests: Economics and Politics, Food and Wine, Travel.


Robert Stuart
EAP Teacher (part-time)
Rob Stuart

Has taught in Cyprus, Kuwait, Spain, Germany and the UAE. At IFCELS since 2000. Teaches a range of courses, including pre and in-sessional. Co-authored a course text in the UAE and wrote, directed and edited an accompanying video.



Subject Lecturers

Emma-Rose Barber
Subject Lecturer (part-time)
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An art historian who teaches at SOAS, The University of Kent, The Open University and other academic institutions. Specialises in the art of the Italian and the northern Renaissance, but is also doing a Phd on medieval culture and art.

Christopher Boyle
Subject Lecturer (part-time)
Chris Boyle

Chris holds a doctorate in International Relations from the University of Sussex. He has taught UG/PG courses at University College London, London Metropolitan University and City University. He currently teaches the ELAS Social Sciences course and the summer course in International Relations.


Elsbeth Court
Subject Lecturer (part-time)
Elsbeth Court

Subject Lecturer in World Art concentrating on the arts of Africa and an educationist whose approach is comparative and multi-disciplinary: anthropology, art history and criticism, cultural psychology, development studies



Gabriella Elgenius
Subject Lecturer (part-time)
Gabriella Elgenius

Specialisation: Diaspora communities in Britain, nationalism and national identities in Europe and Qualitative Methods





Orsolya Szakaly
Subject Lecturer (part-time)
Orsi Szakaly

At SOAS since 2005. Currently teaches Understanding the Modern World on ICC, EAP on ELAS and insessional courses. Specialism: Early Modern Central Europe, particularly the Habsburg Monarchy.