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June 2013 – present University of Huddersfield
International Learning Development Tutor
Kinga Rygiel is the International Learning Development Tutor for all courses in the Business School. Her background is in TESOL/TEFL and EAP and she holds an MA in TESOL with a final project in Materials Development.
Kinga joined the University in 2013 following 8 years of working as an English Language Teacher, an ESOL Lecturer and an Academic Skills Lecturer both in Poland and in the UK. Through her career of working with overseas students and research she has developed a thorough understanding of international students’ journeys, needs, adaptation processes and study habits and she continues to support the students with these aspects of study in her current role. Kinga has been involved in designing and developing academic skills and English language teaching materials and is currently pursuing a PhD in the area of Chinese students’ perceptions of learning cultures at British universities and transculturality.
Kinga’s achievements in academia have been recognised by awards for inspirational teaching and support.
Kinga’s current research focuses on:
Thomas, J., Rygiel, K. and Horsfall, S. (2016) ‘Inspiring international student engagement: establishing and embedding customised support structures’. In: RAISE 2016 Excellence in Student Engagement, 8th-9th September 2016, Loughborough University, UK
Harvey, H., Rygiel, K. and Thomas, J. (2015) ‘Inspiring the International Student Experience: establishing and embedding specific support structures.’. In: NAEP National Annual Conference 2015, 16-17th June 2015, Kenilworth, Warwickshire
Kinga teaches contextualised academic skills and English language across all undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the Business School.