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Dr Michael Hepworth

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TESOL Lecturer

I taught EFL in Spain and English in secondary schools and Further Education colleges in the UK. I have worked in TESOL since 1999, teaching adult migrants in colleges and working as a TESOL teacher educator. I worked full-time as a Teaching Fellow in TESOL at Leeds University from 2014-2015 and am an Associate Lecturer at the Open University.

Teaching and supervision

I teach across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules in TESOL. These include: Theories of Second and Foreign Language Learning Language, Culture and Power and Grammar for TESOL. I supervise undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations and teach English in the community.

I am currently supervising a PhD student working on the development of pragmatic competence in Algerian learners and a Professional Doctorate student working to develop a visual approach to teaching English for Academic Purposes.

Research interests for potential research students

I welcome PhD supervision in all areas of TESOL, especially the following:
  • Spoken discourse analysis: the discourse analysis of argumentation
  • Teacher education: critical and participatory pedagogies


My PhD investigated the ways in which argumentation in language classrooms connected to democratic citizenship. I have worked on several community-based TESOL research projects, including the HENNA project which mapped language provision against language need in a multicultural area of Leeds and the Turning Talk into Learning project, which investigated ways to generate extended turns of talk in the language classroom.

With TESOL colleague Susan Mandala, I am currently working on Learner Stories and Storying Learners: Identity work in Transition in Refugee and Migrant English Language Learners in the North East of England, a project exploring how migrant language learner experiences are mediated by their own stories and the stories told about them (in teaching materials, the media, and popular culture).

Within the wider TESOL team, I am working on TESOL in the 21st Century: Directions and Challenges for Research and Practice, a research project investigating the changing nature of TESOL in today‚Äôs superdiverse world.

I have presented my research on Argumentation and Citizenship at both national and international conferences.

      • Discourse analysis: especially the discourse of argumentation
      • Teacher education: especially critical and participatory pedagogies

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. An experienced TESOL teacher educator, I have completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education. I am currently working towards an MA in Education part-time.

Last updated 11 June 2019