Who we are
The Unit for Professional English is a team of lecturers employed by the Department of English, all of whom have a PhD in English or Linguistics. While most of our courses are taught by a single instructor, some are team-taught by a pair of instructors.
Christer Larsson is a senior lecturer in the Department of English, where he works mainly with courses in English for Specific Purposes but also teaches literature and academic writing. He has a PhD in English from Uppsala University and has previously taught at the Stockholm School of Economics and Stockholm University.
Gregory Garreton is a senior lecturer in the Department of English. He has a PhD in Applied Linguistics from Boston University. He is originally from the United States, but has lived in Sweden for about a decade, and has been at the Department of English since 2010. He has previously lived, worked and/or studied in Spain, Portugal, France and Germany. An enthusiastic teacher, Gregory has over twenty years of experience teaching English, Spanish and linguistics.
Christine Mackay Tircomnicu
Christine Mackay Tircomnicu is a junior lecturer at the Department of English. She is mainly involved with the teacher training programme and teaches a variety of courses involving language proficiency, grammar and culture. Christine has a Master of Arts degree from the University of Glasgow, a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics from the University of Sussex, and the Diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults from the University of Cambridge. She has previously taught at Folkuniversitetet, worked as a language consultant for PRV and written material and presented radio programmes for Utbildningsradion.
Tove Larsson has a PhD in English Linguistics and has been at the Department of English since 2013. In her PhD project, which focused on academic writing, she investigated how non-native-speaker and native-speaker university students position themselves in relation to their claims; one aspect she looked at was in what ways students’ first language affects their English production. With a background in the teacher-training program, Tove also has a keen interest in pedagogy. She has taught seminars on oral and written communication in English at Uppsala University, Stockholm University and KTH, as well as at high-school level.
Ashleigh Harris is a senior lecturer and docent in the Department of English. She has taught academic and creative writing in both South Africa and Sweden and has worked as a literary editor on novels published by Picador and Penguin Books. Ashleigh has also supervised a number of MFA novels at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. More recently, Ashleigh’s teaching has focused on academic writing from the entry level of university studies through to the PhD level.