Dr Sal Consoli

Lecturer in Language Education


Dr Sal Consoli is Lecturer in Language Education at the Institute for Language Education at the Moray House School of Education and Sport. Previously, Dr Consoli worked at the University of Warwick, Newcastle University in the UK and at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in China. His research focuses on the psychology of language learning and teaching with specific emphasis on student learning motivation and learner engagement as well as language teacher wellbeing.

Dr Consoli's inquiry has been largely influenced by the epistemological and methodological traditions of narrative inquiry and practitioner research (i.e., Action Research and Exploratory Practice). He promotes practitioner research as a crucial dimension of teacher preparation and professional development. Dr Consoli has developed the concept of Life capital which offers a lens to account for (language) learners’ and teachers’ life stories and understand how these interact with learning and teaching experiences.

Dr Consoli also has an active interest in research ethics and reflexivity in applied linguistics and education more broadly. His work has been published in various international peer-reviewed journals, such as TESOL Quarterly, System, and the Journal of English for Academic Purposes. He is co-editor of Reflexivity in Applied Linguistics (Routledge, 2023). Dr Consoli Sal has co-edited a Special Issue on Narrative Inquiry for the journal System and one on Research Engagement for the journal Educational Action Research

Dr Consoli serves on the Executive Committee of the British Association of Applied Linguistics (BAAL), the International Association of Psychology for Language Learning (IAPLL), and the Irish Association of Applied Linguistics (IRAAL).


PhD in English Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics (ESRC-funded, University of Warwick)

PGDip in Research Methods  (ESRC-funded, University of Warwick)

MA in English Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics (King's College London)


Postgraduate teaching

Course Organizer for: Conceptualising research: Foundations, assumptions and praxis (Research Methods, 2 - Course Code: REDU11045)

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

I welcome PhD applications in the areas of:

Psychology of language education

Language practitioner research

Narrative inquiry

Applications of 'life capital' to educational research and practice

Higher Education

Research summary

  • Psychology of Language Education
  • Classroom-based Research
  • Practitioner Research (Action Research, Exploratory Practice)
  • Narrative Inquiry
  • Reflexivity and Ethics in Applied Linguistics and Education
  • Higher Education
  • Internationalisation of (Higher) Education

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