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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 courses in English for Specific Purposes across the university, especially in the areas of Science, Economics and Business. 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 an adviser for PhD vivas. 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 areas of interest are in Mental Health and Well-being, Gender Studies, E-learning, and Widening Participation in Higher Education.


I have 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. 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 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 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.


  • 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, Sky, Gosia, 2010. Introduction to special issue: teacher development, testing and assessment. English Language Teacher Education and Development, Vol.13, pp. 1-3, 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. Analyse: regard anglais sur l'identité des harkis et de leurs enfants. Harkis et Vérité, 5, 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, 2004. Intercultural issues in testing Chinese students' writing. English Language Teacher Education and Development, 8, pp. 66-82, 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, 2002. Using sentences for grammar practice : raising the importance of equal opportunities. Humanising Language Teaching Year, 4 (2), 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
  • 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, 2012. Athena poster. In: null; (ed.), Hiding in the Pub to Cutting the Cord? Becoming a Father in the Past and Present, Rugby, Nine Arches Press, pp. 17-17, 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, 2003. Présence de l'Heptaméron dans les Essais de Montaigne : Quelques réflexions sur le role de l'oeuvre de Marguerite de Navarre dans le développement de la prose française de la Renaissance. In: Baron, Philippe; Wood, Dennis; Perkins, Wendy; (ed.), Femmes et litte´rature : Colloque des universite´s de Birmingham et de Besanc¸on, [tenu a` Birmingham les 16 et 17 janvier 1998], Besanc¸on, Presses universitaires franc-comtoises, pp. 169-184, 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
  • Sharpling, Gerard, 2016. English language teacher education and development [Editor]. English Language Teacher Education and Development, University of Warwick, Journal Item, View
  • Sharpling, Gerard, Hammad, Fatima, 2014. Review of Learn to write badly : how to succeed in the social sciences by Billig, M.. Reinvention: a journal of undergraduate research, University of Warwick, Institute of Advanced Teaching and Learning, Book Review, View
  • Sharpling, Gerard, 2013. Found in translation : the reader's perspective of love in French poetry, University of Warwick, Digital Scholarly Resource, View
  • Sharpling, Gerard, 2011. Dear InForm [letter]. InForm : a journal for international foundation programme professionals, University of Reading, Journal Item, View
  • Sharpling, Gerard, 2009. Review of Approaches to teaching Marguerite de Navarre's 'Heptameron' by Winn, Colette H. (ed.). Modern Language Review, Maney Publishing, pp. 196-198, Book Review, View

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