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Svetlana Clark

Lecturer in Russian and Slavonic Studies, Faculty of Arts



I hold an MA in Education (English and Biology) from Kiev University; MA in Higher Education from Nottingham University; Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (DPSI) Law Option,Charted Institute of Linguists; Certificate in Conference Interpreting (CCIC), Cambridge.

I have been teaching Russian and Interpreting at the University of Nottingham since 1995. In addition to my teaching, I have a wide experience in practical translation and interpreting, having worked for a wide variety of clients, including MOJ, NHS, Refugee Forum, DVLA, etc.

I use my knowledge from research into teaching and learning to enhance my students' learning experience. I have created a comprehensive range of teaching and open learning materials by using the latest learning technology, which was instrumental in providing access to a high-quality online environment to meet students' diverse learning needs. Using specially devised group projects and innovative forms of assessment I have contributed to students' development as independent, reflective members of a learning community, prepared to face future professional challenges as lifelong learners.

When I teach I always try to imagine myself being a student in my class and try to make my classes interesting, informative and enjoyable. I strive to create the atmosphere of exploration and discovery in every lesson, make students question their assumptions, listen to others, work as a team, enjoy challenges, take pleasure in knowledge creation and nurture the awareness of personal development.

In 2012 my teaching was recognised by a Lord Dearing Award.

Teaching Summary

  • R82100 Russian 1 Beginners
  • R83096 Russian 2/Russian 1 Beginners
  • R83112 Russian 3
  • R14042 Introduction to Interpreting (Translation Studies MA + Modern Languages & Translation BA).

Research Summary

My research is connected with e-learning. I have presented papers at various e-learning community forums and conferences, including:

  • "Learning Better Together: Developing an Across the Years Student-Centred Learning Community", SEDA Conference (2010, Leeds)
  • "Made by Students for Students: The Creation of Learning Materials by Students and its Impact on their Learning" EUROCALL Conference (2011, Nottingham).

Department of Modern Languages and Cultures

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