Dr Annabel Watson
Senior Lecturer in Language Education, School Direct Programme Leader, Secondary English PGCE Course Leader

Profile

I lead the Exeter Secondary English PGCE, and from September 2017 will be the programme lead for School Direct. I also supervise several doctoral students. I have been shortlisted several times for the Exeter Students' Guild Teaching Awards: for Research-Inspired Teaching in 2015, for Best Feedback Provider in 2016, and in 2017 I was awarded Most Supportive Staff Member.

My research interests focus primarily on the teaching of writing. I am a member of the Graduate School of Education's Centre for Research in Writing, and I have been part of a team conducting research which investigates the potential that a contextualised and rhetorical approach to teaching grammar might have for improving students' writing ability and metalinguistic understanding. As well as informing seminars for students at Exeter, this research has also resulted in the publication of teaching resources through NATE and Pearson, an OUP grammar book, and a number of popular CPD courses and workshops for teachers. I am also interested in the relationship between traditional and digital literacy and the development of students' writing ability in relation to digital texts and technologies. My PhD examined Teacher's Beliefs and Practices in Grammar Teaching, and I also maintain an ongoing interest in the study of cognition and beliefs.

Prior to working at Exeter, I taught English and Media Studies in schools in Greater London and the South West.

Qualifications

My doctorate was awarded in 2013. Other qualifications include MSc (Exeter), DipEd (Exeter), PGCE (Roehampton), MA (Cantab).

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Contact details


Email
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Tel+44 (0) 1392 722899
AddressNorth Cloisters
University of Exeter
St Luke's Campus
Heavitree Road
Exeter
EX1 2LU
UK
OfficeNC129

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