Eurospeak has participated in many varied European-funded educational and research projects. We are currently involved in Erasmus+ KA2 projects which you can find more information on below. We have collaborated with organisations from all over Europe and continue to seek out opportunities to support our research activities.
The main aims of the projects Eurospeak participates in are to provide high quality research as the foundation to improve the availability of educational opportunities and resources for specific target groups such as marginalised communities, learning disabled adults, or youth in unemployment.
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We have a team of academics dedicated to carrying out research and developing materials for our European-funded projects. Their combined knowledge and varying areas of expertise make Eurospeak a highly valuable project partner. Participating in these projects requires time, attention, dedication, and organisation, all of which our team ensures when carrying out the required tasks.
All our researchers have extensive knowledge and background in linguistic studies; however, each staff member carries with them additional expertise and experience which makes them an especially well-rounded team.
Kelsea Mucherino – Project coordinator and researcher. Kelsea holds an M.A. in TESOL from the University of Reading (UK) and has carried out extensive research on the topic of formulaic language, resulting in a dissertation. She also holds an M.S. in Secondary Education from the University of Bridgeport (USA) and a B.A. in English and French from the University of Connecticut (USA), along with various language teaching certifications. During her studies at university and while working at Eurospeak, she has done research on a range of topics: psychology, the environment, literature, other world languages (Spanish, German, Polish, Italian), and intercultural communication.
Gonzalo Galian Lopez Director of education and training and researcher. He holds a BA in English Philology from the University of Murcia, an MSc in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Distinction), a Cambridge CELTA, and a Cambridge DELTA. He is also currently doing a PhD in Applied Linguistics at the University of Reading. The aim of his PhD is to investigate the role of practice in the development of linguistic knowledge that can be used during spontaneous, real-time communication. Gonzalo has taught General English, exam preparation courses, and English for Academic Purposes mainly in the UK but also in Spain, Italy, and China.
William Barker – Project coordinator and researcher. William has over 20 years’ experience in teaching and academic research. He holds a BSc (hon) in Rural Development from Ruskin University, a PG Cert in psychotherapy, and is a qualified journalist. He carries out research into financial literacy, mental literacy, Governmental policy, circular economies, entrepreneurship, personalised learning, urban agriculture and university access procedures. He has also written training courses on university preparation and business English.
Paula Barton – Researcher. Paula specialises in researching linguistic-related topics and the Montessori teaching methodology. She has over 25 years’ experience in teaching English as a foreign language. She holds a TEFL certificate from Rutgers State University of New Jersey, a TEFL certificate in teaching children and a diploma in French studies from the French Ministry of Education (Paris). She has experience in managing language resource centres and in testing as well as a background in music.
Chris Scott Manuel – Researcher – Chris has over 20 years’ experience in the field teaching General English, Business English and English for Specific Purposes. He has taught in Russia, India, Paraguay and the UK. He has experience teaching children online and in bilingual private schools. He has taught Business English in multinational organisations, private language institutes and universities. He currently facilitates IELTS and Cambridge Advanced exam preparation courses. Chris holds a BA (Hons) in Russian and East European Studies; a PDip in Information Systems; a PDip in Applied Linguistics and TESOL, and he has a CELTA certificate. He has an interest in teaching second languages to those with special needs.
Darren Allen – Researcher, writer, designer and director. He holds a BA (hons) in English Literature and a CELTA language-teaching certificate and carries out research into social innovation, art, independent study, home-schooling and self-sufficiency, and has written extensively on these subjects. He is a published author and experienced book-designer, illustrator, layout artist and graphic designer. He has worked as a technical author in the telecommunications, banking and petrochemical industries. He has over 20 years’ experience teaching and research.
Parul Mehra Researcher. She researches topics related to social inclusion and migrant integration. Parul gained her research skills from her philosophy degree. She also has 10 years’ experience in HR, including high profile recruitment in the private sector, immigration to and from the UK and global placement and mobility of company staff and integration, and a diploma in PR.
Claire McAllister Teacher/Researcher- researches topics related to mental health and social cohesion. She first developed her research skills when she obtained a BA Hons degree in Spanish with Italian from the University of Exeter. She has 8 years experience teaching Spanish and French in Hampshire secondary schools and teaching English as a foreign language in Spain and at Eurospeak Language School, Southampton. She holds a, Qualified Teacher Status in Modern Language teaching from the University of Southampton, PTLLs – Preparing to teach in the Lifelong Sector teaching training from Farnborough College of Technology and she is also a life coach and musician with a Masters in Jazz Performance from The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London and a BACP recognised Diploma in Counselling.