Ami Montgomery

Ami is a senior lecturer in the School of Teacher Development and delivers lectures across our successful ITT programmes, our primary undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and most recently leads on our MA in Education with TESOL. Ami joined Bishop Grosseteste University in September 2015 to take up the post of senior lecturer. She graduated from the University of Manchester with a BA (Hons) in English Language and has a MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from Manchester Metropolitan University. During this time Ami developed a comprehensive understanding of the professional competence and theoretical implications of the practice of English Language Teaching and she spent a substantial amount of time teaching English to newly arrived children. Prior to joining BGU Ami taught in primary schools in Manchester, where she held a variety of roles which included subject leadership responsibilities. With an emphasis on the integration of practice and theory, Ami has acquired expertise in approaches and techniques to teaching language to speakers of other languages and developed a range of practical skills. She hopes this will support future roles at BGU including contributing to the development of an International English/TESOL dimension. Teaching Ami coordinates and teaches on a range of modules offered on the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes with a particular Linguistics focus, Second Language Acquisition (SLA), Global English, and Teaching and Learning; English as an Additional Language (EAL). She additionally has a particular interest in the expressive arts, creative curriculum, and cross-curricular planning.

Ami’s research interests centre on the importance of the development of EAL training within Initial Teacher Training to not only increase NQT confidence but additionally EAL provision in the primary setting. Ami is currently in the early stages of doctoral study, exploring Intercultural Communication in the Multicultural Classroom. Further research interests include teacher confidence and anxiety when supporting learners with English as a Second Language (ESL) and effective early intervention and provision within education for supporting the development of EAL learners.