LEONIE B. HARRIS: PhD (Social Policy); MPhil (English); BA (English & History); Dip. Ed. Dip. Training& Development
PhD (Social Policy); MPhil (English); BA (English & History); Dip. Ed. Dip. Training& Development
I am privileged to be the Pre-Med College English Lecture at CSMSJ. I am enthused about being a partner in this one-of-a-kind institution which is steadily progressing, and has already impacted so many lives positively. My overall training/experience has accommodated a multi-disciplinary lecturing approach .The ultimate goal, of course, is to motivate participants in enhancing communication skills. This involves not just grammar/writing skills, but also other advanced communication skills required for upcoming medical practitioners, such as optimising the utilisation of presentation, listening/visual skills, as technology is steadily transforming communiqué’ in the medical sciences
Furthermore, I fell in love with English from a wee child, through the enchanting world of books. Thus, I never wondered what career I wanted to pursue, because unquestionably I wanted to share this passion, and what better way to do so than through teaching! My esteemed colleague Mrs. Pamela Kelly and I even established Target English, through which we taught communication at various levels, embracing non-native speakers, high school, tertiary and organisational participants. Interests, however, often expands, and I developed an appeal for the field of Human Resource Management & Development (HRM&D), and having acquired certification in that area I worked in the private/public sectors and eventually undertook advanced research in social policy.
My journey, however, has always involved pedagogy. Furthermore, the fervour to contribute to individual/national progress has never waned. Adding the behavioural sciences has thus enriched my portfolio with, HRM&D, Customer Service Experience, Organisational Behaviour; and Management of Change etc. My lecturing/tutoring participants have even included lecturing in Customer Service Experience to doctors and nurses at the University Hospital of the West Indies. The utilisation of this multi-disciplinary approach to the lecturing of College English undoubtedly accommodates CSMSJ students aspiring to acquiring that competitive edge in communication which unquestionably underpins high-level performance.