Mary Hatakka

Personal details

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Date of Birth:

9th January 1961





Education :

EdD in TESOL for University of Exeter in Dubai in progress (thesis writing to be completed in 2013)

MA, University of Helsinki, Finland, 6th June, 1991 (TEFL , Italian and linguistics), Teacher training completed at University of Helsinki (1990-1991)

BA, University of Helsinki, Finland, June 1983 (TEFL, Italian and linguistics)

A-levels, Alppilan lukio, Helsinki, Finland, May 1979

O-levels,  James Gillespies High School, Edinburgh, UK, 1977

Postgraduate courses:

EdD in TESOL at University of Exter, Dubai, on-going

IELTS examiner certificate, December 2001

Self-esteem for students, University of Helsinki, Finland, summer courses 1998-2000, 2004

NLP and suggestopedia in TEFL, professional development courses, Finland, 1996-1998

Designing personalised curriculums for vocational adult education, Jyvaskyla University  Centre for Postgraduate Studies, Finland, 1989-1991


Professional/research experience

1983 - present:

Fulltime employment:

Lecturer in English language and communications College of Arts and Sciences, the Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, UAE  from January 2005-on-going.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Courses taught: Freshman communications (semester 1 and semester 2; academic literacy and research skills for first year students studying in an English medium engineering college), STEPS 2, (sophomore year second semester pre-design course technical writing and presentation skills), Senior Design 1 and Design 2 (report writing and presentation skills for final year students).

English language faculty German University in Cairo, Egypt, September 2003-January 2005.            Courses taught: English for Academic Purposes (academic reading and writing for first year university students) and the Scientific Method (critical thinking skills to first year university students).

English language instructor University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy, Department of Engineering, November 2002- August 2003.                                                                                                                        Courses taught: English for Specific Purposes (technical and business English for engineering students).            

English language faculty Higher Colleges of Technology, Sharjah Women’s College, Sharjah, UAE , August 1999-October 2002.                                                                                                                                                  Courses taught: Certificate Diploma (false beginner level) and Higher Diploma English(upper intermediate level), as well as business English and English for computing.     

English language instructor  Helsinki Polytechnic, Helsinki, Finland, August 1995-July 1999.                                                                                                                          Courses taught: technical English and business English (intermediate to advanced level).

English language instructor  Myyrmaki College of further education, Vantaa, Finland, 1983-1994.                                                                                                     Courses taught: technical English and English for the catering industry (intermediate level).                                  

Part time employment:

Co-author of college level English language text book Title: Engineering English. Manuale per lingua straniera per insegnamenti di inglese A, B e tecnico per le scuole superiori., 2003.

English language instructor Cambridge Language School, Modena Italy, 2002-2003.                          Courses taught: CFE, Cambridge Proficiency, PET.

Business English instructor Finnish Institute of Foreign Trade (FINTRA), 1994-1999                                    Courses taught: intermediate and advanced level business letter writing, meetings and presentation skills.

Co-author of a series of five English language textbooks Title of series: Tools and Rules, WSOY, 1994-1999. Level of series: intermediate.

English language instructor  Helsinki Polytechnic, Helsinki, Finland, 1993-1995.                                                                                                                          Courses taught: technical English and business English (intermediate to advanced level).


Administrative experience:

Co-ordinator of Communications 101 course at the Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, UAE. August 2009-on-going. Coordinating a team of four teachers regarding course delivery and exams.

Advisor for AUP (Advanced University Placement) exit level at the Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, UAE. August 2009-on-going.

Participant and liaison with potential feeder colleges  at  the 2009 GCC Qualifications Conference and Workshop: Towards Internationally Recognized Qualifications Frameworks in the GCC. Abu Dhabi, UAE, 5-6 April, 2009.

Student advisor at the Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi 2006-on-going.

English language curriculum design coordinator at the German University in Cairo, Egypt, 2003-2004.

Syllabus developer for engineering English courses at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy. 2002-2003.

Co-developer of national curriculum for English language in tertiary vocational institutes. Ministry of Education, Finland, 1990s.

Board member of the English teachers’ section of the national board of language teachers (SUKOL), Helsinki, Finland, 1990s.