In my current job, as Deputy Head of the Essential Skills Department (English, 16-18) at Leeds City College, I teach classes in GCSE English. This builds on seven years of teaching experience in various educational establishments.

I worked at the Universities of Leeds, Newcastle, and Lincoln, on the following modules:

‘Exploring Medieval Literature’ (University of Leeds, Level 1 Undergraduate, spring 08/09)


Covered: texts from Beowulf (c. 8th century) to the York mystery plays (14th–16th century)
Teaching highlight: using Youtube clips of late-20th-century New York rap battles to spark discussions about the competitive story-telling component of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales

‘Twentieth Century Fiction in English’ (University of Leeds, Level 1 Undergraduate, autumn 09/10)


Covered: texts from Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying (1930) to MacDonald’s Fall on Your Knees (1996)
Teaching highlight: starting my lecturing career with a multimedia-centred lecture on Selvon’s The Lonely Londoners (1956), Caribbean history, and diasporic calypso music

‘Prose: Reading and Interpretation’ (University of Leeds, Level 1 Undergraduate, autumn 09/10 and autumn 10/11)


Covered: texts from Beckford’s Vathek (1782–86) to Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior (1975)
Teaching highlight: extensive in-class close reading of passages from Dickens’s Great Expectations (1860)

‘Shakespeare’ (University of Leeds, Level 3 Undergraduate, spring 09/10)


Covered: texts from Titus Andronicus (1588) to The Winter’s Tale (1611)
Teaching highlight: basing a seminar on Titus Andronicus around a showing of Julie Taymor’s 1999 film adaptation

‘Contemporary Literature’ (University of Leeds, Level 3 Undergraduate, spring 10/11)


Covered: texts from Beckett’s Endgame (1957) to Phillips’s A Distant Shore (2003)
Teaching highlight: discussing issues of race and gender opened up by Kay’s Trumpet (1998) using pop culture figures from The Artist Formerly Known As… to Caster Semenya

‘Fictions of Migration’ (Newcastle University, Level 2 Undergraduate, spring 11/12)


Covered: texts from McKay’s Banjo (1929) to Kunzru’s Transmission (2005)
Teaching highlight: taking part in team-taught lectures each week, including a 50-minute question-and-answer student workshop session

‘Postcolonialism’ (University of Lincoln, Level 2 Undergraduate, autumn 12/13)


Covered: texts from Conrad’s Heart of Darkness (1899) to Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun (2007)
Teaching highlight: vigorous classroom debate on Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea (1966), on the motion ‘Antoinette/Bertha Mason is mad’
Lectures: can be found at prezi.com/tgjhibwoyzjb/lecture-achebe-coetzee, prezi.com/8elkuri-gt8q/lecture-rhys, prezi.com/u_i09_hxktz9/ lecture-marquez, and prezi.com/rtto7jtcdgty/lecture-levy


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