Ami Montgomery

Ami Montgomery currently works as Head of Programmes for the Arts and Humanities portfolio of programmes at BGU. She has worked as a primary teacher and teacher educator, with a particular focus on EAL, and currently delivers lectures across BGU’s successful ITT and TESOL programmes. Ami joined Bishop Grosseteste University in September 2015 to take up the post of senior lecturer within the School of Teacher Development where she worked across the undergraduate and postgraduate primary Initial Teacher Training (ITT) programmes, providing training, support & assessment for teachers within the area of English as an Additional Language (EAL). 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 (TEFL) 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 English to speakers of other languages and has developed a range of practical skills which informed one of her key roles in ensuring that trainee teachers demonstrated that they met the English Teachers' Standards in order to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Teaching

Ami coordinates and teaches on a range of modules offered on the undergraduate and postgraduate TESOL and ITT programmes, with a particular focus on EAL and Linguistics. Topics include First & Second Language Acquisition (FLA & SLA), Global English, Discourse Analysis, and BGU’s .

During her first year at BGU, Ami successfully designed, validated and launched the full time MA Education with TESOL programme

Away from BGU, Ami has delivered international lectures and assisted with developing collaborative partnerships with institutions in China, Thailand and Vienna. Topics of international talks and lectures have included Global English, the importance of Cultural Diversity, Intercultural Competence, CLIL (Content & Language Integrated Learning) approaches and teacher training in the UK.

Ami’s current research project explores the linguistic and cultural resources, mobilised through language and communication, of young plurilingual learners in primary schools in Lincolnshire. Her research interests also 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, and effective early intervention and provision within education for supporting the development of plurilingual learners.

Montgomery, A. (2017). Supporting learners with English as an Additional Language (EAL). In Paige, R., Lambert, S. and Geeson, R. (2017). Building Skills for Effective Primary Teaching. Learning Matters.

Montgomery, A. (2018). The Multicultural Classroom; Celebrating diversity and challenging disparities. In Beckley, P. (2018). The Philosophy and Practice of Outstanding Early Years Provision. Routledge.

Kampouri, S., Howell, E., Montgomery, A. and Gee, N. (2019). How does Social Constructivism as displayed in contemporary educational settings compare with the Grossetestian view of the development of human Knowledge? In Cunningham, J. and Puttick, S. (2019). Robert Grosseteste and Theories of Education The Ordered Human.

Scally, J., Montgomery, A. and Parrish, A. (2020). Intercultural Competence and languages: inextricably linked or linked inexplicably?

Multi Authors. Constructions of Religion by young people that do not have a voice in religion-discourses - International research project