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Senior Lecturer in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages)

I am Deputy Programme Leader for MA TESOL and part of the Professional Development Team in the Faculty of Education and Society.

My principal role at the University is as Deputy Programme Leader and Senior Lecturer for the Masters in TESOL for both on-campus and distance learning modes. This includes responsibility for overseeing the admissions to the course.

TESOL is the study of teaching people how to teach English to Speakers of other Languages. It includes practical and theoretical study of pedagogy and applied linguistics in this growing field.

Since joining the University in 2008, I have enjoyed a range of roles in the Faculty of Education as a Programme Leader, Module Leader and Lead Lecturer across subjects in English for Academic Purposes and TESOL. I was also the Director of EAP in London, setting up English Language provision at the inception of our London campus. Recently I have diversified into supervising dissertations and assignments for MA Education and distance learning teacher training. I regularly contribute to the Secondary Education ITT as a School Liaison Tutor and Assessment only Route to QTS assessor. I was also the Programme Leader for PGCE Design and Technology.

Previously, I was a secondary school Head of Art and Design and still maintain a research interest in visual art and art education. My doctoral research investigates Visual Multimodality in English Language Pedagogy.

Teaching and supervision

I am Module Leader and Lead Lecturer for:

  • ELTMO9 Principles and Practice of TESOL (on campus and distance modes)

Evolving over a 20 year career as an educator, my particular teaching interests lie in Practical Teaching, International Education and Students, Online Teaching and Intercultural Communication.

Research interests for potential research students

  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Visual and multimodal approaches to pedagogy
  • Distance Online Learning


Professional Doctorate Researcher on the subject of Visual Approaches to teaching English for Academic Purposes. Senior Lecturer Melanie Foot, who is interested in the relationship between language learning and the visual, is engaged in teacher-based research looking at the role of visual art in teaching English for Academic Purposes. With a background in art and design education, Melanie’s research is looking at new ways in which teachers can understand the relationship between visual art, culture and language education. She is currently at work on her Professional Doctorate, The Application of Visual Art in the Teaching of English for Academic Purposes.

Member of Faculty of Research Institute
Member of the School of Education Centre for Education, Applied Social Science and Pedagogy research
Member of the TESOL Research Group
Regular contributor to the University of Sunderland 'Sharing Good Practice' Conferences with peers from Languages, EAP and TESOL

I edited a chapter for the book: GRIMM, N., MEYER, M., & VOLKMANN, L. (2015). Teaching English. Weitere Ausg. Tübingen, Narr Francke Attempto. CONFERENCE PAPERS

• Aniolkowski-Green M. “An Art workshop for all participants summarising the feelings from the day, exhibited.” Nature Nurture Motherhood Conference, Feb 2018. Thought Foundation Gallery, Gateshead.

• Aniolkowski-Green. M “Approaches to teaching EAP – an exploration of effect over a series of classes.” University of Sunderland Students Union Visual Pedagogy Conference, University of Sunderland, November 2017.

• Aniolkowski-Green. M, Willis. K, Mandala. S, Hepworth. M, Johnson. N. “Redesigning a TESOL programme, TESOL in the 21st Century: Directions and Challenges for Research and Practice.” British Association for Applied Linguists Annual Conference, University of Leeds, September 2017. Involvement in a TESOL team research project on the current state and future directions of TESOL. This project aims to produce a range of papers co-authored by the TESOL team in journals such as Applied Linguistics, TESOL Quarterly, ELTJ, Studies in Second Language Acquisition

• Aniolkowski-Green. M. and Leszczewski. P. “A Collaboration between Hunan Institute of Technology in China and University of Sunderland and the impact on global networking.” A paper delivered with a student at the Student-Led Conference on Teaching and Learning, Student Union, University of Sunderland, March 2017.

• Aniolkowski-Green M. “The implementation of the Visual in the teaching of EAP.” A paper delivered on the Sharing Good Practice Conference at the University of Sunderland, July 2015. This is a yearly conference for English for Academic Purposes, TESOL and Languages. 

Available for chapter/book editing and external examining.

  • Distance Learning
  • Online Teaching
  • Practical teaching
  • English Language teaching
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Department leadership
  • Mentoring teachers
  • Secondary and Art Education
  • Design and technology secondary education
  • Admissions and visas
  • International students
  • Member of BAAL: British Association of Applied Linguists
  • Member of BALEAP: British Association of Lecturers of English for Academic Purposes
  • Member of INSEA: International Society of Education through Art

The Launch of the Sunderland ESOL Hub

Last updated 20 July 2022