Dr Robert Sharples

Teaching Fellow (TESOL)


I have been involved in teaching English as a second or additional language in a number of countries, with a particular interest in working with young people.

My PhD was a study of newly arrived young migrants in a UK secondary school.  I am interested in the impact of migration on schooling, and in how education systems can evolve to meet the needs of an increasingly multilingual, globally mobile student population.


  • PhD in Applied Linguistics and Education (University of Leeds)
  • MSc Educational Research Methods (University of Leeds)
  • Diploma in English-Language Teaching to Adults (Cambridge ESOL)

Responsibilities & affiliations

Member of the British Association for Applied Linguistics and currently serve as treasurer of the Linguistic Ethnography Forum (a BAAL special interest group).

Vice-Chair of NALDIC, the National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum. I also edit the EAL Journal: the leading publication for practice, research and activism in the field of English as an Additional Language.

Co-Chair, Language theme group, New Scots Strategy (www.gov.scot/newscotsstrategy).

Undergraduate teaching

MA Primary Education


Postgraduate teaching


MSc Language Education

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

I would welcome projects that focus on young migrants, global mobility and education. Ideas that cross existing boundaries (such as EAL and ESOL, or formal and informal education), that tackle the practical implications of new theoretical concepts (such as mobility or translanguaging) or that look beyond the UK school systems would be particularly interesting.

Research summary

My research interested are centred around multilingualism, migration and schooling. I focus particularly on how school systems can adapt to work more effectively with young multilinguals (who are often known as EAL or ELL students).

Affiliated research centres

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