Dr Philip Durrant
Senior Lecturer in Language Education


Since completing an undergraduate degree in Philosophy, I have spent most of my working life involved in language teaching and research.

Before coming to Exeter, I taught English as a Foreign Language and English for Academic Purposes in Turkey (at Kent English and Bilkent University) and the UK (at Durham University) and taught and supervised undergraduate and masters students in Applied Linguistics and TESOL at the University of Nottingham and Bilkent University.

I have been working at Exeter since 2011. I work especially closely with the EdD TESOL programme, of which I am pathway leader, and also teach and supervise on the PhD Education and MEd TESOL programmes.

The central aim of my research is to develop new understandings that can inform the teaching and assessment of writing. My current work has two main strands. The first focuses on the language of student writing, both at school and university. I am particularly interested in how writing develops with age and expertise, how linguistic features influence the grades awarded to writing, and how written language differs across academic disciplines and genres. The second strand focuses on the learning and use of vocabulary and phraseology. In particular, I have interests in the role of phraseology in second/foreign language learning and in the vocabulary and phraseology of academic English.

My research has drawn mostly on corpus linguistic methods and has been especially concerned with how these methods can interact with those of neighbouring fields such as education, second language acquisition, language assessment and psycholinguistics.

I am currently leading the ESRC-funded research project Growth in Grammar: A multidimensional analysis of student writing between 5 and 16. See here for more details.


BA (Hons) Philosophy; MA Applied Linguistics; PhD Applied Linguistics; Cambridge DELTA


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University of Exeter St Luke's Campus
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