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Dr Neil Johnson

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Principal Lecturer, TESOL

I have taught English as a foreign and second language in Japan and the United States for over 25 years. I graduated from the PhD programme in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching at the University of Arizona in 2008. I started working at the University of Sunderland in 2016. Previously, I was Assistant Director responsible for curriculum development in the English Language Institute at Kanda University of International Studies in Chiba, Japan.

Teaching and supervision

I teach the Principles and Practice of TESOL modules for both undergraduate and MA TESOL courses. I also contribute to the Psychology of Language, the Language, Culture and Power, Theories of Second/Foreign Language Learning and Dissertation (MA TESOL) modules. I oversee dissertations for BA and MA students.

Research interests for potential research students

My research interests are in reading and writing pedagogy for second and foreign language students - particularly from a literacy-based perspective. Also, multi-literacies, discourse analysis, and learner motivation and development from a sociocultural perspective.


I am currently engaged in research in two interconnected areas: the impact of globalisation on language pedagogy and teacher training and the discourses of academic English in international contexts.


Number of items: 16.


Owens, James and Johnson, Neil (2016) Connecting Reading, Writing, and Culture through a Literacies-based Approach to Narrative. JALT PanSIG Journal. pp. 133-141. ISSN ISBN 978-4-901352-49-9

Johnson, Neil, Lyddon, Paul and Selman, Alex (2016) Redesigning the Freshman English Syllabus: Process and Transformation for the Digital Age. Studies in Linguistics and Language Education,.

Johnson, Neil and Lyddon, Paul (2015) Teaching grammatical voice to computer science majors: The case of less proficient English learners. English for Specific Purposes, 41 (1). ISSN 0889-4906

Johnson, Neil, Nelson, Mark, Lyddon, Paul and Selman, Alex (2015) Reimagining contemporary EFL curricula. JALT Conference Proceedings. pp. 102-118.

Nelson, Mark and Johnson, Neil (2014) The shape of joy, the colour of fear: multimodal abduction in the foreign language classroom. Pedagogies: An International Journal, 9 (1). pp. 45-62. ISSN 1554-480X

Nelson, Mark and Johnson, Neil (2014) Editors’ introduction: multimodality, creativity and language and literacy education. Pedagogies: An International Journal, 9 (1). pp. 1-6.

Johnson, Neil and deHaan, Jonathan (2013) Strategic interaction 2.0 and instructed pragmatics in an EFL setting. International Journal of Strategic Information Technology and Applications., 4 (1). pp. 49-62. ISSN 1947-3095

Rozycki, William and Johnson, Neil (2013) Non-canonical grammar in Best Paper award winners in engineering. English for Specific Purposes, 32 (3). pp. 157-169. ISSN 0889-4906

Johnson, Neil and deHaan, Jonathan (2012) Enhancing the Scenario: Emerging Technologies and Experiential Learning in Second Language Instructional Design. International Journal of Learning, 18 (4). pp. 321-333. ISSN 1447 9494

Johnson, Neil and deHaan, Jonathan (2012) Wiki and digital video use in strategic interaction-based experiential EFL learning. CALICO Journal, 29 (2). pp. 249-268. ISSN 2056-9017

Johnson, Neil and Rozycki, William IEEE Best Papers in science and engineering: Participation and the development of a discourse. JALT OnCUE English for Academic Purposes, 4 (2). pp. 80-100.

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

Johnson, Neil and Torpey, Michael (2013) Goffman’s theory of self and the social order: Trust and conflict in an intercultural education workplace. In: Discourses of Trust. Palgrave, pp. 147-164. ISBN 978-0-230-30849-7

Johnson, Neil and deHaan, Jonathan (2012) Second language strategic interactions using emerging technologies and experiential learning. In: Educational Stages and Interactive Learning: From Kindergarten to Workplace Training. IGI Global, pp. 306-333. ISBN 9781466601376

Johnson, Neil (2008) Postcards from the (turbulent) edge (of chaos) – Complexity theory and computer mediated communication. In: Mediated Online Discourse. AILA Applied Linguistics, 3 . John Benjamins, pp. 73-93. ISBN 9789027205193


Chong, Sin Wang (2020) Developing English-as-a second- language learners’ feedback literacy: reconceptualizing feedback and rethinking feedback practices. Doctoral thesis, University of Sunderland.

This list was generated on Wed Mar 29 07:14:37 2023 BST.
Academic writing
Sociocultural theory
Discourse analysis
Curriculum development
Literacy-based instruction

Last updated 08 March 2023