Dr Diana Mazgutova


I am an SLA researcher specialising in second language 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 teaching 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.


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  • PhD In 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 University. 

I presently teach  on the following undergraduate modules:  

EDUC 1040 Second Language Acquisition  (I am module leader for thsi module)

EDUC 3009 Analysing Language Learning (module leader)

I also taught on several postgraduate modules including:

EDUC 5916 Tasks and Materials for TESOL (module leader)

EDUC 5935 Materials Development for TESOL (module leader)

EDUC 5909 Introducing a Task-Based Curriculum in Classrooms and Systems (module leader)

EDUC 5931 Analysing Language Learning

EDUC 5932 Analysing Language Teaching and

Research Methods for TESOL.

Besides teaching, I supervise both undergraduate and postgraduate students' reserach projects. 

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Language Education

Current postgraduate researchers

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