Fiona Lal
Fiona Lal
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Biography

I am from the UK and originally from London. I originally worked in Hotel and Catering Management in London, US and France. In 2001 I began my teaching career in Plymouth UK where I worked at the local college and at a private language school. My husband and I (he is also a teacher) then moved to China and worked at Zhengzhou University, where I taught freshman students from all disciplines. After that I led short training courses in Taiwan, Austria and Japan. We then went to Abu Dhabi, where I taught in Al-Ain whilst studying for my masters in Applied Linguistics. I continued to study and finish my MA whilst my husband taught at a Japanese university. In 2008, we returned to Abu Dhabi where I taught at the Higher Colleges of Education both at diploma and undergraduate level. It was during this time that I obtained my Trinity Licentiate Diploma in TESOL teaching qualification. In 2012 I returned to China, this time to Suzhou, where I taught at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University on the first-year undergraduate programme for engineers. In 2015 I came to Nazarbayev University and have been a teaching fellow in NUFYP since then.
In my spare time, I enjoy improving my French, experimental baking (different types of breads and cakes), long, long walks and when I get a chance I love snorkelling.