Dr Alex Ding

Dr Alex Ding

Director of the Centre for Excellence in Language Teaching
Lecturer in English for Academic Purposes

0113 33632

Summary: Direct language education scholarship projects within the school: English for Academic Purposes especially for research students.

Location: Parkinson

Teaching Commitments: PGR Academic Literacies, Academic Writing

Recently appointed as Director of the new Centre for Excellence in Language Teaching and Lecturer in English for Academic Purposes, these roles enable me to shape language education scholarship within the school as well as pursuing my own scholarship.

My role entails providing a vision for scholarship, creating fora and opportunities for scholarship, disseminating scholarship and supporting colleagues in their scholarship endeavours. As part of this remit, I am working on setting up two language education journals (a working papers journal and an international journal for English for Academic Purposes Journal) which will launch in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

I have specific scholarship interests in researching and exploring the relationships between ideology, structure and EAP practitioner identity, agency and reflexivity. I am co-writing a book ‘The English for Academic Purposes Practitioner: Operating on the Edge of Academia’ with Ian Bruce (2017) as well as writing articles on practitioner identity. I also maintain a blog on teaching English for Academic Purposes https://teachingeap.wordpress.com/. I am active in various professional communities such as BALEAP and have acted as advisor for a number of universities. I am also external examiner at Sheffield for their suite of MA programmes in Education.

I previously worked at the University of Nottingham for almost 15 years where I set up and lead an MA in Teaching English for Academic Purposes, taught a range of modules on various MA programmes, co-supervised a number of PhD students, examined PhDs,  as well as designing and teaching a number of academic literacies courses for PhD students. I also worked in a number of grandes écoles (ENS, INSA, ENSSIB) in France for more than ten years.

I am interested in supervising PhD students in EAP and, more specifically, students interested in researching the EAP practitioner (agency, identity, knowledge, ideology).


BA Philosophy (Essex), Med TESOL and Educational Technology (Manchester), PhD (‘Deconstructing and Reconstructing Teacher Autonomy’ Nottingham).