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Jo Gakonga



Senior Teaching Fellow


Centre for Applied Linguistics
University of Warwick
Tel: 50601

Research Interests

My research interests are mainly concerned with initial teacher preparation and the potential of the internet for teacher training and development. My MA research was an action research project to develop an online grammar course for native English speaker teachers and I am currently involved in a project to develop an online mentoring course for novice teachers in their first year of English teaching post-MA and post-CELTA.


I grew up right here in the Midlands but left the UK after I graduated and lived overseas for many years. I have been teaching since 1989 and training teachers since 2000 and have worked in a range of countries including Taiwan, the Czech Republic, Kenya and Switzerland. I have an MA from Warwick, which led to the development of my website at and I am the co-author of IELTS Foundation, published by Macmillan. I am also a CELTA trainer and assessor and I have recently been involved with writing and editing the new Cambridge English CELT-S course.

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