King’s College London

King’s College London is one of England’s oldest and most prestigious university institutions: a multi-faculty research-led university college based in the heart of London with over 19,700 students, of whom more than 6,200 are postgraduates. It is ranked as one of the world’s top 25 universities. King’s nine Schools of Study are Biomedical & Health Sciences; the Dental Institute; Humanities; Law; Medicine; the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing & Midwifery; Physical Sciences & Engineering; the Institute of Psychiatry, and Social Science & Public Policy.

Two staff members (Nick Andon, Ursula Wingate) from the Department of Education and Professional Studies will ensure especially that the PELLIC's pedagogical content is accurate and culturally appropriate. They are assisted by Sarah Helsig, who has recently completed her PhD at King’s College London. The team will be responsible for identifying a mentor company in London, and for developing authentic language learning materials based on models from the mentor company. London with its many multinational companies is a particularly suitable place for finding models/model companies as the basis of material development.


Nick Andon has been involved in teaching and writing materials for English as a Foreign Language and English for Specific Purposes in Senegal, Indonesia, the UK and Oman since 1981. From 1993 to 1999 he was a lecturer at Thames Valley University where, among other things, he was involved in the multimedia self access centre and designed materials for a CD-ROM based course for airline personnel. Since 1999 he has been working at King’s College London where his work has included the training of teachers in a number of countries including Bolivia, Argentina, Algeria and Mexico, and the design of distance learning materials. His interests include materials development, computer assisted language learning and teaching, learner autonomy and learner strategies, and he has written two textbooks on Business English. He is the programme director of the MA in ELT & Applied Linguistics.


Ursula Wingate’s main research interests are students’ transition from school to university, the development of academic writing, and online teaching and learning. She has recently completed a research project funded by the Centre of Distance Education, University of London, investigating the impact of academic writing interventions for students in distance education. With previous funding from King’s College Teaching Fund, she has developed online modules for the development of academic writing for several disciplines. Ursula has long experience in the development of language learning materials, having published several practice materials for German as a Foreign Language with the Hueber Verlag. She was programme designer and teacher on the BA: Languages with Business, Hong Kong Polytechnic University from 1993 to 1997. She had close cooperation with German 'model' companies in Hong Kong and created a range of modules for Business German, based on authentic materials from German companies.

Sarah Helsig is a PhD student at the Centre for Language, Discourse and Communication. She has several years of experience as a teacher of German as a foreign language and has been working in different European countries. Her role as part of the PELLIC team involves the collection of data at West London Business (WLB), as well as their transcription and preparation for the project.

Customized VLE

The PELLIC project aims to provide a virtual learning space where students can practice business communication skills in English within a Practice Enterprise environment.
This will be made available as an easily-accessible open source virtual learning environment ... read more

PELLIC is a project of the European Union

coordinated by Turku University of Applied Sciences (Finland) in cooperation with: Florida Centre de Formació, C.V. (Spain), University of West Bohemia, Pilsen, (Czech Republic), King's College London (GB), University of Tübingen (Germany) and the ICC International Language Network (Germany).

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