Dr Karen Malan is a Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics and Programme Leader for the MSc in Intercultural Business Communication.
She is module leader for the MSc’s core modules (Intercultural Communication Theories and Practices, Research Methods, Dissertation) and leads the Intercultural Work Experience programme. She also leads three applied linguistics modules for the undergraduate Speech & Language Therapy programme (Introduction to Applied Linguistics & English Grammar, Clinical Linguistic Assessments, and Speech/Language Therapy research project. She is a supervisor for a number of MSc and PhD dissertations.
Karen has worked in the fields of applied linguistics, education and intercultural communication both in the UK and South Africa. In previous academic posts, at the universities of Cape Town and Stellenbosch, Queen Mary (University of London) and London Metropolitan University, she has led teaching programmes and trained teachers, educators, clinicians and other professionals in applied language fields. She has also held an appointment as Visiting Scholar at Harvard University in connection with her PhD research on narrative discourse. She has also served as moderator and examiner at several universities and is currently External Examiner for the MA in English Language Teaching at Kingston University.
In connection with her teaching and research Karen has led the project design and execution of a literacy development programme for teachers in disadvantaged South African primary schools, served as director of a Language Unit for children with specific language and learning impairments, advised on language and literacy policy for local and national education departments, and been invited to present numerous short courses, workshops and talks.