Dr Annabel Watson
Senior Lecturer in Language Education / PGCE School Direct Programme Director / PGCE Secondary English Subject Lead
+44 (0) 1392 722899
North Cloisters NC129
North Cloisters, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK
I am Programme Director for Exeter School Direct initial teacher training courses and lead the Exeter Secondary English PGCE. 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, for Best Supervisor in 2020, 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.
On Twitter I am @AnnabelMWatson.
My doctorate was awarded in 2013. Other qualifications include MSc (Exeter), DipEd (Exeter), PGCE (Roehampton), MA (Cantab).
Research group links
My research interests lie within language and literacy, and particularly students' writing development. I've worked on a number of projects related to the teaching of grammar for writing, but am also looking to develop projects which investigate how students can be taught to create effective multimodal texts, and the role of grammar within this. My PhD research examined teachers' beliefs about teaching grammar, and I also maintain a research interest in the field of teacher cognition.
2008-10 (ESRC) Grammar for Writing? A three year study of the effectiveness of contextualised grammar teaching. (PhD studentship)
2011 (ESRC) Grammar for Writing Impact Project. Follow-on study working with schools to embed the pedagogy developed in the earlier ESRC study.
2013 (Pearson Education) Grammar at GCSE. A study of the impact of contextualised grammar teaching on reading and writing.
2016-17 (EEF) Choice and Control in Writing.
2020-21 (BERA) Teaching English when Schools are Closed: experiences and lessons learnt for the future
- 2020 British Educational Research Association (BERA)
Covid-19 rapid response project
- 2014 Pearson Education
Grammar at GCSE
- 2008 ESRC
Studentship funding to investigate the beliefs about grammar and grammar teaching held by secondary English teachers in the UK. Part of the Exeter 'Grammar for Writing?' project, a large-scale randomised control trail investigating the impact of contextualised grammar teaching on the writing development of students at Key Stage 3.
Publications by category
Publications by year
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- EDUM030 - Professional Learning (School Direct)
- EDUM031 - Subject and Curriculum Studies (School Direct)
- EDUM032 - Education and Professional Studies (School Direct)
- EDUM042 - Secondary English Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy
Supervision / Group
- Sami Almalki
- Sarah Ahmed S Alsaif
- Ali Azeez
- Sharon Morgan
- Henry Nicholas
- Lea Thomson