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Duncan Lees


I am currently the Coordinator for the MA in Drama and English Language Teaching (DELT), helping students to make connections between drama pedagogy and language education. I also co-lead the Literature and Drama for TESOL module, with a particular emphasis on sessions using Shakespeare in language learning contexts.

I have delivered lectures and workshops on various modules in Applied Linguistics, including Communication Modes, Intercultural Pragmatics and Research Methods, and have run interview training at UG, PGT and PGR level. I have also brought together my interests in drama pedagogy and intercultural education through my involvement in the university's World at Warwick intercultural training workshops.

Research Interests

My research and practice combine insights from applied linguistics and intercultural education with active, participatory approaches to drama and literature (especially Shakespeare and early modern drama). My general research interests include intercultural education, EM/CA (Ethnomethodology / Conversation Analysis) and reflexivity in qualitative interviewing. I am a member of the TED (Teacher Education and Development) research group in Applied Linguistics.

I am currently finishing my PhD, which is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. My thesis is an ethnomethodological study of how participants (including myself as practitioner / researcher) did - and did things with - Shakespeare during a series of intercultural workshops held in the English faculty of a Chinese university.

Selected events / public engagement

Co-organiser: Teaching Early Modern Drama (TEMDr) Symposium, Humanities Research Centre, University of Warwick, 4 May 2019

Interview with BBC Radio 4 on teaching Shakespeare in China: “Branding Genius”, BBC Radio 4, 22 February 2019

Interview with Financial Times on Shakespeare's status in China: The Bard in Beijing, Financial Times, 5 October 2018

Invited speaker: Shakespeare Lives in China: “All the world’s a stage” (universities in Xi’an, Jinan, Tianjin; National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA) in Beijing), British Council/British Embassy, November/December 2016

Selected publications

Lees, D. (2020, forthcoming). “Citizen of the world, or citizen of nowhere? Shakespeare Lives in China in 2016", in Edmund King and Monika Smialkowska (eds.) Memorialising Shakespeare: Commemoration and Collective Identity, 1916-2016, London: Palgrave Macmillan

Lees, D. (Ed.). (2020). Teaching Early Modern Drama [Special issue]. Teaching Shakespeare, 19.



Twitter: @DuncMLees

Photograph of Duncan Lees

Image of a drama workshop