Student Services

Emma Lay

Lecturer - English for Academic Purposes – Student Services

BA Classical Civilisation (Leeds), MA Ancient Greek Civilisation (Leeds), Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults (Cambridge)


I started my career in English Language Teacher in southern Italy in 2001.  After completing the Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults (Level 7 NQF) in 2004, I spent two years in Japan at Aichi University before moving back to the UK, where I held posts as EFL/EAP teacher, teacher trainer and Director of Studies. After that, I worked in the universities of Birmingham, Birmingham City and Aston on presessional courses as teacher and coordinator and held posts as visiting lecturer on PGCE ESOL, BSc English Language and MA TESOL programmes.   I spent three years in the English Language Teaching Unit at the University of Leicester where I also became an accredited CELTA trainer. Over the last few years I have worked as EAP Lecturer and Year Manager of the Foundation Diploma at University College Birmingham, online tutor in EMI Skills for Aga Khan University in Pakistan, 1-2-1 English teacher at Anglo-Continental and EAP Lecturer at the University of Southampton.

I joined AUB in September 2017.


Professional practice

The EAP team provides 1-2-1/small group academic support for international students, study skills workshops for all students and bespoke, discipline-specific academic support workshops.

My interests include critical and transformative pedagogies, creativity, authenticity and Dogme ELT. I have delivered EAP workshops both in the UK and abroad, e.g. Dogme and EAP: invigorating the EAP classroom (BALEAP conference, 2013), Speaking Skills for Academic Purposes 2 day workshop with PhD students and teaching staff (Masaryk University, Czech Republic, 2013).

I keep a reflective practice blog at where I ponder on authenticity in teaching and learning.

Professional memberships

  • Society for Education and Training (2017)
  • Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society
  • British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes
  • The C Group: Creativity for change in Language Education


  • John Smart award for Outstanding Scholarship in Ancient Greek (University of Lampeter) (1999)
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