Dr Taguhi Sahakyan

Dr Taguhi Sahakyan


I have been involved in TESOL since 2005 and have worked as an English language teacher in the higher education context both in Armenia and the United Kingdom. In 2013, I moved to Leeds for my postgraduate study and obtained a doctoral degree in Education in 2017. Before joining the School of Education as a teaching fellow in TESOL, I taught EAP on various pre-sessional programmes at the School of Languages and Cultures. 

Research interests

My main research interests are linked to language learning/teaching motivation, with a special focus on teacher motivation. In my doctoral study, I gained an in-depth understanding of how English teachers’ motivation evolves during their career and how it is socially constructed in day to day contexts of work. The study is innovative and contributes to the research body at theoretical, methodological and practical levels. Considering the exploratory nature of the study, I combined possible selves theory (Markus & Nurius, 1986) with a person-in-context relational view (Ushioda, 2009) and proposed Teacher Motivational Self Framework which connects psychological and social aspects of teacher motivation and provides a more holistic approach to researching it. 

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  • PhD in Education (TESOL)
  • MA Applied Linguistics
  • BA English, Russian and Literature

Professional memberships

  • International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language
  • British Association of Applied Linguistics
  • TESOL International Association

Student education

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

  • language assessment
  • teaching languages to young learners
  • vocabulary teaching and learning
  • academic writing

I also supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Language Education