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Natalie Drake


Module Convenor - Academic Skills Module (IFP)

Academic Tutor - IFP students

Course Tutor - International English and Academic Skills modules


I am currently developing IFP provision to support the new IFP online Programme due to start in Autumn 2020. I am also working alongside a colleague to implement and develop a new university-wide skills module for the Home Foundation Programme.


I started my teaching career 15 years ago and have taught English in France, Spain and Morocco but for the last 10 years, I have predominantly worked with foundation students in the UK. This has involved co-ordinating and developing academic English and ESAP courses on Foundation programmes, as well as mentoring and providing pastoral and welfare support to international students.

I enjoy travelling to new places in the world and speaking French and Spanish whenever I can. Closer to home, I enjoy walking by the River Thames and I regularly go swimming at the local lido.

Academic qualifications

MA (English Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics), Kings College London

Cambridge DELTA

Cambridge CELTA

BA (French, Spanish & Linguistics)

Professional bodies/affiliations

Fellow, Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Selected publications

Drake, N. and Mat Nayan, N, F. (2019). Are changes necessary? Enhancing Student Engagement on an International Foundation Programme. InForm.

Drake, N. and Peace, M., (2020) 'International Integration through a significant extra-curricular shared experience at the beginning of a course' in Innovations in internationalisation at Home: Insights 2019. (In Press).

Conferences attended

Foundation Year Network Annual Conference (July 2020), University of East Anglia

InForm Conference (June 2019), University of Reading

Innovations in Internationalisation at Home Conference (April 2019), University of Kent


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