Marianna Goral

Marianna Goral

Position: Senior Lecturer
Faculty: Institute of Languages and Culture

Professional Biography

Since joining Regent’s, Marianna has been lecturing on BAM and RILC courses and designing and delivering various workshops for staff and students across the university. She has also designed and delivered Business English Modules for the BAIB Programmes, the RILC English Skills Modules, and Business English Modules for BAM. Furthermore, she has designed and project managed the official in-house RUL English Language Level Test. Over the years she has further expanded her wide-ranging skill set through work as an Academic Advisor, a member of the RILC Learning and Teaching Committee and the RILC Working Party. Marianna has shown a keen interest in working with RUL partnering institutions through participation in the Erasmus Plus Staff Mobility Programme where she was a Visiting Lecturer at the Faculty of Economics at Sapienza University, Rome. Some of her other focuses and commitments include sourcing guest speakers for RUL, and successfully marketing the university overseas to existing and new agents, representing the university at a variety of international industry conferences and events where she has also presented her on-going research findings.

Marianna’s successes include co-researching a three-year language teacher research project called: ‘Developing Language Teacher Research’ using the theoretical framework of Exploratory Practice. This project’s key achievement has been receiving The British Educational Research Association (BERA) Committee Award for the best example of British research and scholarly work in education for 2016.



  • 2012 IELTS Speaking and Writing Examiner, University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations
  • 2008 Postgraduate Diploma in Publishing, London College of Communication, University of the Arts, London
  • 2005 MA in English Literature, Kingston University, London
  • 2003 BA in British and American Literature, University of Wroclaw, Poland
  • 2003 Diploma in Teaching English as a Second and Foreign Language, The Teacher Training College, University Of Wroclaw, Poland

Relevant Past Employment

  • 2016 – Present: Guest Research Fellow and Member of the Scientific Council, Athens
  • 2015 – Present: Senior Lecturer of English for Academic Purposes, Regent’s University London
  • 2011 – 2015: English for Academic Purposes Lecturer and Module Leader, Regent's University London
  • 2012 – 2014: IELTS Examiner, Eurocentres Language School, London
  • 2009 - 2011: English for Academic Purposes Lecturer, Regent’s University London  
  • 2008 – 2009: Senior EFL Teacher, Regent’s University London
  • 2008 – 2008:  Senior EFL Teacher, The Language Centre, University of the Arts London
  • 2004 – 2007: Senior English Language Teacher, Mayfair School of English (British Council Accreditation), London
  • 1999 – 2003: Language Tutor, Berlitz Wroclaw, Poland

Professional Affiliation(s)/Accreditation

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • BALEAP British Association of Lecturers in English For Academic Purposes
  • TESOL France Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, France

Teaching & Course Development

  • Currently leading in the development of the Global English module of the blended MA in Teaching and Learning
  • Guest lecturer at Sapienza University Rome through the Erasmus Plus Staff Mobility Exchange EU Programme. Article featured on the RUL Intranet:
  • Design, development and delivery of the Business English Modules for the BAIB Programme
  • Design and development of the official in-house RUL English Language Test (RULET)
  • Design, development and delivery of the RILC English Skills Modules for RUL foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate students
  • Design, development and delivery of the BAM ENG5A1 and ENG6A1 Business English Modules for Foreign Exchange Students
  • Teaching and designing exam preparation course for the Cambridge Business English Certificate for the Spanish Chamber of Commerce

Research Supervision

Marianna is currently supervising 2 dissertations to completion


  • Regent’s Post-enrolment language assessment (RPELA) examiner 
  • IELTS Speaking and Writing Examiner
  • Pearson VUE Certified Test Administrator

Research Interests

  • Exploratory Practice
  • Educational technology
  • Blended-learning




  • Goral, M (2017). Exploratory Practice: Exploring the benefits of student-led module components with learner-practitioners. IATEFL ELT Research Journal, 32, 10-12.
  • Goral, M. (2016). Why do student presentations and discussion boards work so well?  IATEFL ESP SIG Journal, 47, 8-10.

Other Outputs

Co-researcher of ‘Developing Language Teacher Research’ Language Teacher Research Project. This project was awarded best British research and scholarly work in education for 2016 by the British Educational Research Association (BERA) Committee.

2016 ‘Incorporating Instagram into language lessons and beyond: A Business Case Study' Regent’s University London (Regent’s Institute of Languages and Culture) ‘Show and Tell’ event. 15 January. London.

2015 ‘Incorporating Instagram into language lessons and beyond.’ Regent’s University London (Regent’s Institute of Languages and Culture) ‘Show and Tell’ event. 26 June. London.

Interview with Marianna featured in Macmillan Education:

Interview with Marianna featured in Pearson English:

Conference Papers Given

2016 ‘Teacher-researcher journeys in EP: puzzles and PEPAs’ 35th Annual International TESOL France Colloquium. ‘Reaching New Heights in ELT’. 18th -20th Paris.

2016 ‘Why allow students to co-develop assessment and course content?’ IATEFL ESP SIG International Conference. ‘Content Language Acquisition vs General Language Acquisition’. 1st – 2nd October. Athens.

2016 ‘EP and Creativity: Why can student presentations and discussion boards work so well?’ The Norwegian Forum for English for Academic Purposes (NFEAP) 10th Annual Summer Conference at the Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (Høgskolen i Oslo og Akershus). ‘EAP and Creativity’. 9th - 10th of June. Oslo, Norway.

2016 ‘Why do student generated materials work so well?’ 50th Annual International IATEFL Conference and Exhibition. 12th - 16th April. Birmingham.

2016 'Accessibility of professional development by language practitioners investigating a better understanding of their classroom practice' Cardiff University (Association of University Language Centres in the UK and Ireland) 17th Annual AULC Conference. 'Shaping a Multilingual Society'. 7-8 January. Cardiff. 

2015 Poster Presentation ‘Why do student presentations and discussion boards work so well?’ Regent’s University London (Regent’s Institute of Languages and Culture) “Empowering learning and teaching in the classroom”. 22nd May. London.

2015 ‘Why do some teaching materials develop better language learning opportunities than others?’ MGIMO University (Moscow Institute of International Relations) 2nd International Conference “The Magic of Innovation: New Trends in Language Research and Teaching Foreign Languages”. 24-25 April. Moscow.

Last updated: 08 December 2017