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Sarah  O'BrienDr. Sarah O'Brien is Director of the Centre for English Language Learning and Teaching (CELLT) and Assistant Professor in Applied Linguistics.

O'Brien has a research background in linguistic acquisition across minority communities with a special interest in Irish and Hispanic Diaspora. Prior to arriving at CELLT she was Director of Bilingual Education and TESOL in Northern New Mexico College where she completed research on dual language education and heritage languages in the Western U.S. Her multi-disciplinary research takes an applied linguistics approach to historically framed events and particularly examines overlap between pragmatics, discourse analysis and oral history.


Brian Conry Brian Conry (BA, PGDipPR, DipKorean, M.Phil. in Applied Linguistics) Senior EAP Tutor; EAP Instructor

Brian has co-ordinated and taught on English language programmes for K&H Business Communications (Korea), the Hyundai Research Institute (Korea) and F. J. Kurdyla (Japan). He has taught specialist courses on Presentation Skills, Cross-cultural Communication as well as Technical and Business Writing. As Senior EAP Tutor, Brian is responsible for curriculum development, and catering to specialized language needs as well as pastoral concerns of individual learners.He has taught on the Pre-sessional and In-sessional courses at Trinity since 2009. He also teaches on behalf of Trinity at the University of Padova (Italy) on the English as a Medium of Instruction programmes.


jessica Jessica Garska is oringinally from the United States and had an international career as an English language teacher before successfully completing with a Distinction Grade the Masters in English Language Teaching at Trinity College Dublin. Her research interrogates the notion of academic literacies and examines the intersection of power, identity and culture in the academic setting. She is currently investigating assessment measures and long term academic outcomes for international students in Irish tertiary education while also acting as tutor on Trinity's English for Academic Purposes Program.


Alejandra Nuñez Asomoza joins CELLT from Mexico, where she lectured in English and Applied Linguistics at La Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas. She is currently completing a PhD under the supervision of Dr. Sarah O'Brien, which tracks the sociolinguistic experiences of transnational students who have returned from the US to Mexico, focusing particularly on bilingual academic language development. Alejandra holds an undergraduate degree in TESOL from the University of Guanajuato and an MA in English Language Teaching from the University of Southampton, UK.


Carmen Ortiz Granero is originally from Spain. She completed a BA and MsC in English Literature and Applied Linguistics at Queens University Belfast and is currently a PhD student under the supervision of Dr. Sarah O'Brien. Her research, which is funded by the North/ South scholarship, looks at best practices in English for Academic Purposes education and tests how these can be applied effectively in education settings in Northern and Southern Ireland.