Denise de Pauw

Denise de Pauw


I am interested in exploring everyday language and litereracy practices “in the wild” to develop situated language learning resources, relevant to students’ specific needs. I have taught EAP since 2015 and completed a PhD in Applied Linguistics in 2022, on the topic of  the experiences of migrant jobseekers, looking for work online, looking at the literacy practices and discourses of identity that intersect in the process of developing employability. Previously, I taught English to speakers of other languages in the UK, mostly in rural community settings but also in mainstream FE.

Between 2012–2017 I freelanced as a self employed materials writer, developed blended learning language and literacy courses for production line staff, and taught literacy to adult offenders. In 2015/16 I completed a masters degree in TESOL with ICT, where I developed an academic interest in everyday digital literacies.


  • Module lead
  • Insessional language support
  • For postgraduates in the schools of computing and electrical and electronic engineering

Research interests

EAP interests

  • ESAP
  • digital academic literacy practices and genres
  • hybridised genres
  • digital pedagogies
  • teacher identity
  • currciulum design

Linguistics interests

  • sociolinguistics
  • ethnography
  • digital literacy practices
  • activity theory
  • mediated discourse analysis
  • language, migration, education, employability 

I am active in the following roles which enhance all dimensions of my work:  

  • Organising committee 2022 BALEAP PIM on EAP and Intercultural Communication.
  • Co-organiser of the Language Centre Summer Conference (2022 onwards): the conference is intended as a forum for exchanging research and practice in language education. 
  • LC discussions around decolonising the curriculum 
  • CARA mentor for a professor of Computer Science, which is providing me with scholarship opportunities, researching writing for academic publication for EAL users on the periphery of the academy 
  • Co-convener of PhD/ECR network for literacy as social practice – a global online network  

Publications and blog posts 

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  • PhD Applied Linguistics (2022)
  • MA TESOL with ICT (distinction)
  • Trinity Cert TESOL
  • BA Hons (joint) European Studies (German)(Political Science)

Professional memberships

  • BAAL

Student education

I currently lead insessional provision in the Schools of Computing and Electricial and Electronic Engineering. I also co-lead a summer pre-sessional course.

Research groups and institutes

  • Language Centre