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

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

I am a member of NALDIC, the National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum, and am coopted to the Executive committee.

I also edit the EAL Journal, the leading publication for practice, research and activism in the field of English as an Additional Language.

Postgraduate teaching

Second Language Teaching Curriculum (MSc TESOL)

Research Methods (MSc TESOL)

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