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Tanya has an MA in Russian Studies from SSEES, University College London and an MA in Applied Linguistics from Birkbeck University. She has taught Russian at King’s College London since 2002. As Team Leader, she is responsible for managing the Slavic and Middle Eastern language courses offered by the Modern Language Centre (MLC). Tanya is the MLC Department Education Lead and an external examiner at Cambridge, Manchester, Warwick and Reading Universities. Before joining the MLC, she taught at Northumbria University, Defence School of Languages and Foreign Commonwealth Office. Tanya has won research and development grants. She is passionate about bridging the gap between schools and universities and developing young people’s interest in learning foreign languages. In 2018 she was nominated for a King’s Widening Participation Award.


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  • Linaker, T., (2005) Female Voices Transcending Gender as heard and recorded by Chekhov, Mansfield and Nabokov. Slovo, vol.17, no.2, 165-178.