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Dr Tony Wright

Honorary University Fellow


My Role

I am an Honorary University Fellow.  Until recently I was a part-time Senior Teaching Fellow in TESOL, supervising PhD and EdD students, and contributing to taught modules on the EdD (TESOL). 

Teaching interests: 

  • Pedagogy in TESOL
  • Learning and language learning
  • TESOL classrooms
  • Teacher education and professional development strategies
  • Language awareness for TESOL practitioners
  • Exploratory practice in TESOL

Research interests:

  • second language classrooms (classroom culture; classroom discourse; classroom management);
  • TESOL teacher education (including teacher learning, teachers' beliefs and identities);
  • professional development for TESOL practitioners;
  • professional development for teacher educators;
  • response to change in TESOL practice



I have been working in TESOL since 1968 as a teacher and teacher educator. I started as a secondary school teacher in Malawi and Sudan, and then moved into ESP teaching in the mid-1970s, working in Iran and Saudi Arabia (KIng Abdulaziz University, Jeddah). After doing a Masters in ELT at Lancaster in 1981/2, I worked with English teachers in Cameroon as an in-service adviser.

In the mid 1980s, I worked at Canterbury Christ Church College (now University) for 5 years. There I led  a BEd (TESL) programme for Malaysian and taught on the Diploma and MA programmes in TEFL. In 1991, I moved to the College of St Mark & St John [Marjon] (now University College Plymouth), where I worked until the end of 2009, when I retired. At Marjon, I led Postgraduate Programmes, and taught on Masters and Certificate courses in Trainer Development, Professional Development, English for Special Purposes and ELT at Marjon and in Mexico, Malaysia, Namibia, Hungary and Pakistan. I also did consultancy work on teacher professional development programmes in several different countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia. In 2007, I was made Professor of Language Education at University College Plymouth.

While at Marjon I supervised research students under the collaborative supervision agreement between Exeter University and Marjon, and so I know the Graduate School of Education quite well.

I have published widely in TESOL and am a regular keynote and plenary speaker at conferences.


External Engagement and Impact

Journal and book series Editorships and Editorial board membership

Joint editorship of 'Teacher Education and Development' (with Marion Williams) Cambridge University Press [1994-2003]

Member of the editorial board of English Language Teaching Journal (1996-1999)


Supervision / Group

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