Dr Laura Grassick

Dr Laura Grassick

Profile

I have worked extensively in the TESOL field as an English language teacher, teacher educator and project manager. My experience covers many different contexts and countries, in particular Vietnam and Egypt where I managed both regional and in-country language education projects in collaboration with ministries of education. I have also been involved in a number of educational consultancies to develop English language teacher education programmes and materials. Between 2008-2010 I was on the editorial advisory panel of the ELT Journal.

I returned to the UK to undertake postgraduate research and obtained my PhD in Education from the University of Leeds, which was funded through an ESRC award. I initially joined the University of Leeds as a Teaching Fellow in EAP in the School of Langauges and Cultures, before moving to the School of Education as a Teaching Fellow in TESOL in 2016. I am also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Responsibilities

  • Co-Programme Manager for TESOL Studies
  • Programme Manager for TESOL Teacher Education
  • Module Manager

Research interests

My main research interest lies in English language curriculum change; the relationships involved in how people make sense of a new curriculum and how the social and emotional dimensions of change influence actual implementation. My doctoral research focused on Vietnam and explored the complex dynamics of primary English language curriculum reform. Its main contribution lies in the new understandings of complexity it establishes in relation to language curriculum innovation, which positions relational, emotional and social dimensions as key concerns in the langauge curriculum change implementation process and suggests why some of the difficulties surrounding curriculum innovation in TESOL contexts are not easy to address.  

I am also interested in areas of TESOL teacher education - the role of practical and theoretical knowledge in CPD and the implications for how both teachers and educators achieve agency, particular in times of curriculum change.

My interest in curriculum change and teacher education also extends to the area of young learners and the policy and practice of teaching languages in the primary school curriculum.

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Qualifications

  • PhD Education (TESOL)
  • MSc Educational Research Methods
  • MA TESOL Teacher Education
  • BA Sociology and Social Anthropology

Professional memberships

  • British Association of Applied Linguistics (BAAL)
  • British Association of International and Comparative Education (BAICE)
  • International Association of Teaching English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL)

Student education

I teach modules on the current BA English, Language and Eduction programme and the MA TESOL and MA TESOL Studies programmes covering the following areas:

  •  language teaching and learning
  • language description
  • teaching languages to young learners
  • vocabulary teaching and learning
  • language teacher education
  • research methods

I currently support the MA TESOL China programme and teach a module in China at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies.

I also supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Language Education