Member of Common Room
Assistant Director, Oxford University Language Centre
Deborah Mason studied English (Language and Literature) at Leeds University. After graduating, she spent a year working in northern Finland before returning to study for a Postgraduate Diploma in teaching English as a Second Language (PDESL), qualifying as a teacher for both secondary school and adult learners of English. Her teaching practice was at Leeds University, a college in Leeds, Rijksuniversiteit Limburg (now Maastricht University) and a secondary school in the Netherlands. Following this, she went to Japan to teach English near Tokyo before returning to Finland to take up a position at Helsinki University. While teaching there, Deborah completed a year-long Programme of In-service training for Language Centre teachers (PILC) through Jyväskylä University (in cooperation with Birmingham University) and later went on to obtain an MEd in TESOL (with distinction) from Manchester University.
After working for over fifteen years at Helsinki University, she came to Oxford to take up the post of Assistant Director at the Language Centre in 1998. Here she is in charge of the year-round programme of English for Academic Studies at the Language Centre, running and teaching on EAS in-sessional courses throughout the academic year and pre-sessional courses in the summer to prepare international students for academic study at Oxford University. From 1998 to 2013 she also taught on the Advanced Diploma in British and European Studies (a pre-Master’s course) in the Department for Continuing Education.
Deborah’s interests include language learning strategies and classroom practice, as well as contemporary poetry. Her publications include books (2 sole author and 4 co-authored textbooks for English language teaching); articles in professional journals on topics such as preparing course materials, classroom activities and testing; surveys and book reviews; reports and newsletters; and over 40 poems in magazines, journals and anthologies.