Dr Diana Mazgutova


I'm an SLA researcher specialising in second langiage writing and English for Academic Purposes (EAP). I joined the School of Education in January 2018. Before that, I worked at Lancaster University as a post-doctoral research fellow looking at improving tecahing and learning of academic English in Uzbek universities. I secured the research funding from the ESRC Global Challenges Research Fund.  


Research interests

I am primarily interested in L2 writing, academic writing, EAP, cognitive processing, SLA and Task-Based Language Teaching and Learning.    

My doctoral research involved the application of quantitative and qualitative methods of data analysis to investigate the syntactic and lexical development of L2 writers on an intensive English for Academic Purposes programme. The objective of my thesis was to obtain a nuanced picture of learners' writing skills development over time, with the aid of the keystroke logging.

As a postdoctoral fellow, I was able to demonstrate the ability to collaborate with my colleagues in Uzbekistan by using the co-production methodology. As a result, the Uzbek teachers and researchers gained a number of transferable skills, including experience in creating and interpreting needs analysis, and team-based workshop material construction.


<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://essl.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • PhD In English Linguistics
  • MA in TESOL
  • MA in English Linguistics
  • BA in Teacher Education

Professional memberships

  • International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language
  • British Association of Applied Linguistics
  • European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing
  • American Association for Applied Linguistics

Student education

SInce January 2018, I have been teaching and leading various undergraduate and postgraduate modules at Leeds Univeristy. In 2018-2019, I will be involved in teaching/leading EDUC 1040 Second Language Qcquisition, EDUC 1052 Supporting English Language Teaching and Learning,  EDUC 2102 Approaches to Research: Theory and Practice, EDUC 3009 Analysing Language Learning, EDUC 5916 Tasks and Materials for TESOL, EDUC 5935 Materials Development for TESOL.


Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Language Education