Dr Laura Grassick

Dr Laura Grassick


I have worked extensively in the field of second language education 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 been involved in a number of educational consultancies to develop English language teacher education programmes and materials. I was invited to be on the editorial advisory panel of the ELT Journal.

I gained my PhD in Education from the University of Leeds, which was funded through an ESRC studentship award. I initially joined the University of Leeds as a Teaching Fellow in EAP in the School of Languages and Cultures, before moving to the School of Education in 2016. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


  • Programme Lead for MA TESOL Studies
  • 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 research focuses on the complex dynamics of 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 many contexts are not easy to address.  

I am also interested in areas of  second language 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.



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  • PhD Education
  • MSc Educational Research Methods
  • MA TESOL Teacher Education
  • BA (Hons) 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 MA TESOL and MA TESOL Studies programmes covering the following areas:

  • language teaching and learning
  • language teaching methodology
  • language teacher education
  • research methods

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

I supervise postgraduate and research students.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Language Education
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