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Natalie Sharpling

Job Title
Senior Teaching Fellow
Applied Linguistics
024 7657 2885
Research Interests

At Warwick. I am mainly involved in running specialist courses in English for Specific Purposes. 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 am currently involved in two writing projects: one on humanistic forms of language assessment, and the other a reflective account of twenty years of EAP teaching. I am currently jointly supervising, with Professor Ema Ushioda, the PhD of Kathryn Sidaway, entitled: 'Adult ESOL in the UK, Motivation, Summative Exam Impact and Washback.'


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. I have taught for over twenty years at the University of Warwick and am now the longest serving full-time member of staff in the department. 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 department, I was the Internal Moderator for the English & Study Skills component of the Warwick International Foundation Programme for sixteen years, from 1999 to 2015.