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Professor Steve Mann

Job Title
Applied Linguistics
Research Interests

Steve is an internationally recognised leading authority on English language teacher development. Since his influential 'State-of-the-Art' journal article (Mann 2005), he has established a record of internationally influential research outputs in this area. These range from pre-service teacher education contexts (e.g. Edge and Mann 2013) to in-service teacher education (Mann 2012). A series of publications (Mann and Walsh 2013; 2015; 2017) and Walsh and Mann (2015) have contributed innovative approaches to reflective practice in ELTE (English Language Teacher Education). He edited and curated a 40-chapter handbook (The Routledge Handbook of English Language Teacher Education: 2019 with Steve Walsh). This is the largest and most comprehensive collection in the field. Steve is not currently taking new PhD students. Primarily interested in teacher education and development, spoken interaction and its role in professional exchange and development, Steve researches teacher development and ESP. He supervisors a research group of PhD students who are investigating teacher's education and development. The groups' work considers aspects of teacher development, teacher beliefs and the development of knowledge, the first year of teaching, mentoring, blended learning, and the use of technology in teacher development. Steve's 'state-of-the-art' article sets out some of the main concerns of this group of researchers. Steve is also interested in qualitative interview interaction. His Journal of Applied Linguistic article (2011) details four 'discourse dilemmas' that face the interviewer and suggests 'parameters of sensitivity' that can help build awareness of interview talk and management. If you are interested in joining this group of researchers, e-mail Steve.


Dr Steve Mann (Professor) joined the Centre in September 2007. He has previously lectured at both Aston University and University of Birmingham. He has experience in Hong Kong, Japan and Europe in both English Language Teaching and teacher development. He completed his PGCE at the University of Warwick in 1984 and worked in schools in England teaching English and Drama before turning to ELT in 1985. In Hong Kong, Steve worked in schools in Kowloon and Hong Kong Island in two-year British Council Teaching Scheme. In Japan, He has published widely in areas of reflective practice, teacher education, video and teacher development, interview methodology and qualitative research.

Title Funder Award start Award end
Supporting Sustainable English Teacher Professional Development in Yunnan Province British Council (China) 15 Mar 2022 31 Mar 2023
China course research Mr Liu Sing Cheong 01 Aug 2019 31 Jul 2022
Video in language teacher education British Council 01 Nov 2016 28 Feb 2018
LLP Languages: Video for all - Re-submission EU 01 Dec 2013 30 Nov 2015
ELTRRA Call; Investigating NEST schemes around the world: supporting NEST/NNEST collaborative practices British Council 01 Oct 2013 30 Dec 2014
The impact of teacher training at pre-service and early in-service levels on teacher performance in the classroom Anglo Mexican Foundation, The 01 Apr 2014 20 Dec 2014