School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Debra Hills, MA (Applied Linguistics + ELT), BA (Hons) English Literature, DELTA, CELTA

Debra

Teaching Fellow - ELSS

Email: d.hills@qmul.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 2840
Room Number: Bancroft Building 130
Office Hours: Monday - Thursday by appointment

Profile

Debra has been a teaching fellow at Queen Mary since 2007 working on the International Foundation Programme, Pre-Sessional, In-sessional and Erasus 'Exploring Spoken English' programmes. She currently teaches on the Critical Thinking and Writing in Law programme and is module convenor of SMD Learning Strategies and Communication Skills - a compulsory module for first year medical students. As well as teaching, Debra worked with Queen Mary's Thinking Writing team to create 'STEM WISHEES' a website to improve student writing in STEM disciplines. She has also made a series of videos for international postgraduate students entitled "Adjusting to UK Study". She spent a year as a writing mentor for Tower Hamlets sixth formers which proved valuable research for her book on critical thinking which was written for students moving from A level to undergraduate. She is currently doing a second Masters in Creative Writing at City University and immensely enjoying the writing aspect and the study of story-telling in different genres of fiction.

Research

Publications

Critical Thinking in an Hour by Debra Hills (Trottman, 2011)

http://www.thinkingwriting.qmul.ac.uk/wishees

http://language-centre.sllf.qmul.ac.uk/adjusting-index

 

Conference Papers

2011, 'Using the WISHEES website to support student writing in STEM Subjects in the EAP classroom' by Debra Hills, BALEAP Professional Issues Meeting, University of Southampton.