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Dr Gerard Sharpling



Senior Teaching Fellow


Centre for Applied Linguistics
University of Warwick
Tel: 024 7657 2885

Research Interests

At Warwick. I am mainly involved in running specialist courses in English for Specific Purposes, particularly in the areas of Science, Economics and Business. In my teaching, I place particular emphasis on the contextual/situated nature of writing as a socially constructed concept. I manage the In-sessional English language support programme; teach on Phases 1, 2 and 3 of the year-round pre-sessional course; and lecture on the MA in ELT, in the area of language testing and assessment. I supervise MA dissertations, and examine (and act as a panel adviser for) PhD theses. My contract with the university is teaching-only, so I am not required to undertake research. However, I have maintained a successful publication career, and have published numerous articles in a wide range of linguistic, cultural and sociological areas over the years, I am the Editor in Chief of ELTED (English Language Teacher Education and Development -, and have brought out several volumes of this journal. Other personal and professional areas of interest are in Mental Health and Well-being, Gender Identity, E-learning, and Widening Participation in Higher Education. Recent (2018) publications have involved an ethnographic account of the experiences of undertaking an on-line degree programme, and a study of writing assessors' rating behavior drawing on a psychometric approach.


I hold a first class honours degree in Health & Social Care (Open University) as well as a wide variety of earlier Undergraduate, Postgraduate and teacher training qualifications in languages and teacher education. My PhD, completed in 1998, was supervised by Mrs. Judith Sproxton (University of Birmingham) and involved a study of Desiderius Erasmus's literary theory and its impact on French Renaissance prose texts. I have taught for over twenty years at the University of Warwick. In my earlier career, I worked at the University of Nantes (France) and at the University of Birmingham, as well as in a variety of schools, colleges and training organizations both within the UK and France. I managed the Warwick English Language Test for ten years, and was the Director of Studies on the university's Pre-sessional English course for eight years, from 1999 to 2007. Along with these major roles of responsibility within the Centre, I was the Internal Moderator for the English & Study Skills component of the Warwick International Foundation Programme for sixteen years, from 1999 to 2015. I am currently the Equality, Diversity & Inclusion representative for the Centre. I also participate in the Disability Interest Group. Outside the university, I am the co-ordinator of a Patient Participation Group at a GP surgery in South Birmingham - an honorary/unpaid role designed to provide service user input into healthcare services. I identify as non-binary/gender fluid, and my pronouns are they/them/ their.


  • Jiang, Jingli, Sharpling, Gerard, 2016. A survey of teacher-generated reading comprehension questions the case of a district-wide training course in Beijing. English Language Teacher Education and Development, 19, pp. 32-44, View
  • Xiao, Yangyu, Sharpling, Gerard, Liu, Hongyun, 2011. Washback of national matriculation English test on students' learning in the Chinese secondary school context. Asian EFL Journal, Vol.13 (Iss.3), pp. 103-129, View
  • Jiang, Xiaoli, Sharpling, Gerard, 2011. The impact of assessment change on language learning strategies: views of a small group of Chinese graduate students. Asian EFL Journal, Vol.13 (Iss.4), pp. 33-78, View
  • Sharpling, Gerard, 2010. When BAWE meets WELT: the use of a corpus of student writing to develop items for a proficiency test in grammar and English usage. Journal of Writing Research, Vol.2 (No.2), pp. 175-189, View
  • Sharpling, Gerard, 2010. To standardise or diversify : how should English language be assessed on foundation programmes?. InForm : A Journal for International Foundation Programme Professionals, 5, pp. 5-6, View
  • Sharpling, Gerard, 2008. The development of a dedicated English language entry testfor foundation programme students : the case of WELT. InForm: A Journal for International Foundation Programme Professionals, 1, pp. 7-9, View
  • Sharpling, Gerard, 2007. From verse into prose : English translations of Louise Labe's sonnets. Journal of European Studies, Vol.37 (No.2), pp. 117-137, View
  • Nesi, Hilary, Sharpling, Gerard, Ganobcsik-Williams, Lisa, 2004. Student papers across the curriculum : designing and developing a corpus of British student writing. Computers and Composition, 21 (4), pp. 439-450, View
  • Sharpling, Gerard, 2004. Women's stage? : the role of female characters in Artaud's Theatre of Cruelty. Dalhousie French Studies, 66, pp. 39-52, View
  • Sharpling, Gerard, 2003. Hypertext, iconography and demarginalisation : the history of the Harkis on the Internet. Bulletin of Francophone Africa, 19-20, pp. 11-27, View
  • Sharpling, Gerard, 2002. Towards a rhetoric of experience : the role of enargeia in the essays of Montaigne. Rhetorica: A Journal of the History of Rhetoric, 20 (2), pp. 173-192, View
  • Sharpling, Gerard, 2000. The emerging identity of the poet in Senghor's Chants d'ombre. International Journal of Francophone Studies, 3 (3), View
Books and Chapters
  • Sharpling, Gerard, Murray, Neil, 2018. A teacher's experience of the transformative pedagogic effect of part-time degree study. In: Billingham, S.; (ed.), Access to Success and Social Mobility through Higher Education : A Curate's Egg?, Bingley, UK, Emerald Publishing Ltd, pp. 191-205, View
  • Haghi, Saeede, Sharpling, Gerard, 2017. Formative assessment to promote self-regulated learning in EAP. In: Stewart, T.; (ed.), TESOL voices: Insider accounts of classroom life—Higher Education, Alexandria, VA, TESOL Press, pp. 39-49, View
  • Sharpling, Gerard, 2003. The role of the image in the prose writing of Erasmus, Rabelais, Marguerite de Navarre and Montaigne: Lewiston and Lampeter, Edwin Mellen Press, View
  • Sharpling, Gerard, 2001. Antonin Artaud. In: Hughes, A.; Reader , K.; (ed.), Encyclopedia of contemporary French culture, London, Routledge, View
  • Sharpling, Gerard, 2001. The theatre of cruelty. In: Hughes, A.; Reader, K.; (ed.), Encyclopedia of contemporary French culture, London, Routledge, View
  • Sharpling, Gerard, 1999. From delusion to faith : the role of the visual image in Marguerite de Navarre's Heptaméron.. Fifth Cambridge French Renaissance Colloquium, 7-9 Jul 1997, Published in Women's Writing of the French Renaissance: Proceedings of the Fifth Cambridge French Renaissance Colloquium, 7-9 July 1997, pp. 91-103, View

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