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Dr Michael Hepworth

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Senior Lecturer in TESOL and Education

I have taught EFL in Spain and the UK and English in secondary schools and further education colleges. I have taught English to adult migrants to the UK since 1999 and worked as a TESOL teacher educator. I completed my PhD at the University of Leeds, where I worked full-time as a Teaching Fellow in TESOL from 2014-2015. I now work part-time for them as an Adjunct Lecturer in TESOL. I also work as an Associate Lecturer at the Open University.

Teaching and supervision

I teach across a range of BA and MA modules in the fields of TESOL and Education. I have also contributed to initial teacher education on PGCE English and to the teaching of English for Academic Purposes. I supervise BA and MA dissertations and PhDs.

Research interests for potential research students

I welcome PhD supervision in all areas of TESOL, especially the following:

  • Spoken discourse analysis: in particular the discourse analysis of argumentation
  • Teacher education: critical and participatory pedagogies
  • Exploratory Practice/Action Research methodologies
  • Social Justice in TESOL


My PhD investigated the ways in which the teaching and learning of 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 of generating extended turns of talk in the language classroom.

I am currently working on a research project developing an ESOL Network in Sunderland and on a research project investigating the needs and aspirations of refugees in Sunderland.


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Book Section

Hepworth, Michael and Johnson, Neil (2022) Ghosts in the Machine? Exploratory Practice on a distance learning development project. In: Professional Development Through Teacher Research: Stories from Language Teacher Educators. Multilingual Matters, Bristol, UK, pp. 31-50. ISBN 9781788927710

Hepworth, Michael (2021) Teaching controversial issues in the language education of adult migrants to the UK: a risk worth taking. In: Vulnerabilities, Challenges and Risks in Applied Linguistics. Multilingual Matters, Bristol, UK, pp. 197-213. ISBN 978-1-78892-822-9

Hepworth, Michael (2019) Argumentation, Citizenship and the Adult ESOL classroom. In: Brokering Britain, Educating Citizens. Multilingual Matters, Bristol, UK, pp. 103-119. ISBN 978-1-78892-461-0

This list was generated on Sun Dec 4 00:23:17 2022 GMT.
      • Adult migrant language education
      • Discourse analysis: especially the discourse of argumentation
      • Teacher education: especially critical and participatory pedagogies
      • Exploratory practice/action research

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I have completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education.

Last updated 20 July 2022