Dr Carol Griffiths

Dr Carol Griffiths


I have been a teacher, manager and teacher trainer of ELT for many years. I've taught in many places around the world, including New Zealand, Indonesia, Japan, China, North Korea, Turkey and UK. I have also presented at numerous conferences and published widely, including my books Lessons from Good Language Learners and The Strategy Factor in Successful Language Learning. Individual differences, teacher education and support, English as a medium of instruction, English as a lingua franca, action research, and using literature to teach language are my major areas of research interest.

Email: carolgriffiths5@gmail.com. Webpage: www.carolgriffiths.net


  • Research, post graduate supervision

Research interests

My first area of research interest was language learning strategies, the subject of my PhD thesis, in which I maintain a keen interest including my recent book (2018. Griffiths, C. The Strategy Factor in Successful Language Learning: The Tornado Effect (second edition). Bristol: Multilingual Matters) and a recent publication with “Applied Linguistics” (2020) entitled “Language learning strategies: is the baby still in the bathwater?”.

Other areas of interest include 

1. individual differences (on which subject a book is currently in process with Palgrave) 

2. English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI), including a recent article with ELTJ (Soruç, A. & Griffiths, C. (2018). English as a medium of instruction: students’ strategies. ELTJ, 72/1, 38-48. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/elt/ccx017

3. English language teaching (ELT) (on which subject a book has been published with CUP (2020)

4. action research (including a book: Dikilitaş, K. & Griffiths, C. (2017). Developing Teacher Autonomy through Action Research. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan

5. English as a lingua franca (ELF) (e.g. Griffiths, C., & Soruç, A. (2018). Contextual differences regarding students’ perceptions of English as a lingua franca according to subject major and nationality. The Journal of Language Teaching and Learning, 8(2). 

Sociolinguistics and using literature in the language classroom are other keen areas of research interest and teaching.

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  • Associate Professor, Turkey
  • PhD, Education/Applied Linguistics, University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • Master of Arts, Applied Linguistics, University of Waikato, New Zealand
  • Bachelor of Arts, English/French, Massey University, New Zealand
  • Diploma in Teaching, Auckland Teachers’ College, NZ.

Professional memberships

  • IATEFL (International Association for Teaching English as a Foreign language, UK)
  • TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, USA)
  • CRIE (Centre for Research in International Education, NZ)
  • IELTS (International English language Testing System - examiner)
  • AAAL (American Association of Applied Linguistics
  • AILA (International Association of Applied Linguistics)

Student education

In addition to my research role, my main teaching role involves supervising postgraduate students in the completion of their theses.