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Who will be I taught by? 

You will be taught by language instructors who are all (near) native speakers of the language they teach. The target language (Arabic, French, German, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese or Spanish) will be used as the primary medium of instruction and interaction, to enable you to practise speaking, listening, reading and writing from the beginning. Multimedia materials are regularly used in class and to support teaching

If you have any questions, please contact

Languages for All - Teaching Team

Aurelia Robert- Director of Languages for All and teaching Associate in French

Aurelia Robert

Room:  MB 769
Phone:  0121 204 3775

Qualifications and Education:

  • ·Senior of the Higher Education Academy
  • ·Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Practice in Higher Education
  • ·DESS de Traduction spécialisée en culture et médias
  • ·Maîtrise de Langues Etrangères Appliquées mention affaires et commerce
  • ·Maîtrise de Langues Etrangères Appliquées mention traductio

Teaches on:

  • French Language Skills 
  • YAP
  • Ab initio

Qiaochao Zhang – Languages for All Deputy Director and Teaching Associate in Mandarin Chinese


Room:  NW911 
Phone: 01212043073


MSc in Business Management, Diploma in Public Service Interpreting, PGCert in Higher Education & Diploma in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language. Full Member of Chartered Institute of Linguists.



Qiaochao Zhang obtained her Master degree in Business Management followed her undergraduate study in International Business and English with a distinction. She pursued her career in teaching Chinese as a second language after. She is a qualified Chinese language teacher and also an experienced Chinese-English interpreter. She taught Chinese at all levels, from Ab Initio to advanced level, in both universities and colleges in prior to her post in Aston University. She joined Aston University in 2008. She is the convenor of Chinese courses in UWLP. She is now undertaking PhD research in applied linguistics and education. 

Tony O'Donnell - Languages for All Administrator 

Room: MB777
Phone: 01212045243 


Chris O'Neill - Teaching Associate in French (beginners) 

Room: TBC

Abigail Taylor - Teaching Associate in French 

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Room: TBC
Phone:  0121 204 3911

 Robert Fox- Teaching Associate in Japanese

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Room: NW820C 
Phone: 0121 204 3177 

Robert started teaching English in 1989 in Japan. He lived in Nagoya City for 20 years and taught English for 15 years in Japanese universities. He was a Lecturer in English at Nagoya University of Foreign Studies.

He joined Aston University, his alma mater, as a member of staff in 2008 to teach a variety of courses in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) within the Centre for English Language and Communication at Aston (CELCA). He has also taught modules related to Discourse Analysis and Systemic Function Grammar on undergraduate programmes within the School of Languages and Social Sciences (LSS).

He is currently Director of the Year Abroad Programme for international students from Japanese universities and Co-Director of the Pre-sessional English Programmes. From October 2013, he will be launching the teaching of Japanese language at Aston University with the Japanese for Beginners modules, part of the University-Wide Language Programme  (UWLP). 

Ghizlane Lafdi – Teaching Associate in Arabic


Room: NW911
Phone:  01212043911


Certificate in Education (FE) & Bachelor degree in Linguistics and English Literature

Eneida Haseler – Teaching Associate in Portuguese


Room: NX01

Cecile Decaix - Teaching Assistant in French 

Room: TBC
Phone: TBC
Email: TBC

Claudia Gremler - Senior Lecturer in German (beginners/advanced) 

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Room: MB768
Phone:  01212043783

Uwa Schutte - Reader in German (intermediate) 

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Room: NX
Phone:  01212043791

Mariana Morant  - Teaching Assistant in Spanish (beginners/advanced) 
Room: TBC
Phone:  TBC
Email:  TBC