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Sarah Harford

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  • Co-Summer Programme Director 2022
  • Lecturer in English for Academic Purposes

Areas of interest

I enjoy teaching all the skills of English and am particularly interested in helping students to improve their speaking and their writing.


I have worked in education since 2000. Before joining the University of Reading in 2007, I worked at Thames Valley University as an ESOL and short courses tutor, and in Dublin as an English teacher. I earned my MA English Language Teaching from the University of Reading in 2004-5.

As I am originally from South Africa and completed my earlier degrees there, I can understand many of the problems experienced by international students when studying at English universities. I have recently taken on the role of acting co-Summer Programme Director for and have joint academic and operational oversight of the Summer Programme 2022.

Academic qualifications

Cambridge Delta (2009-10)

Certificate in Education (PCET) (2006-7)

MA English Language Teaching (2004-5)

Higher Diploma in Education (1999-2000)

Bachelor of Fine Arts (1994-1997)

Professional bodies/affiliations

Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy, UK, 2022

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK, 2015

Selected publications

Fava-Verde, A. & Pachonick, S. (2015). Group Work and Projects in Transferable Academic Skills Kit. Reading: Garnet.


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