Maria Ellison holds an honours degree in Education from Bath Spa University College and an MA in TESOL from the University of Manchester, UK. She is currently studying for a doctorate in Didactics of Foreign Language Teaching at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Porto (FLUP). She belongs to the Department of Anglo-American Studies (DEAA) at FLUP. Since she began working at FLUP in 1998, she has taught ESP, EAP and EFL on a variety of under-graduate and post-graduate courses. Since 2005 she has been involved in English language teacher education for the MAs in teaching English and another foreign language in basic and secondary education. She teaches didactics, coordinates seminars and supervises student-teachers during their practicum. She is involved in the co-supervision of reports and dissertations for these degrees. She also runs in-service teacher development courses on Teaching English in Primary Schools and Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL).
Maria Ellison’s research interests include: Developing Action Research in Pre-service Foreign Language Teacher Education (her MA TESOL dissertation was about this); Young Learner Foreign Language Education; Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) in primary and higher education institutions.
Maria Ellison was responsible for the development and pedagogic coordination of STEPS – UP (Support for Teaching English in Primary Schools – University of Porto), 2005 – 2009. In 2008, STEPS – UP was awarded the European Language Label (Selo Europeu) and in 2012, declared the best award winner in the 10-year history of the Language Label in Portugal by the National Agency, PROALV. Maria Ellison and her colleague, Fátima Vieira (administrative coordinator of STEPS – UP) represented Portugal at the Label of Label Awards held during the Multilingualism 2012 Conference in Limassol, Cyprus.
Maria Ellison has been in involved in a number of international projects. She is currently a partner coordinator of a TEMPUS project, ‘Language and Pedagogical Innovation in Schools’ (LAPIS).