Dr Denise de Pauw

Dr Denise de Pauw


I am interested in exploring everyday language and litereracy practices “in the wild” to develop situated language learning, relevant to students’ specific needs. I have taught EAP since 2015 I’ve worked permanently  in the LC since January 2020, prior to which I ran bespoke blended workplace language courses, wrote online learning materials for educational publishers and taught ESOL. I completed a PhD in Linguistics in April 2022, on the topic of online job seeking. My academic interests are literacy as social practice and mediated discourse theory. I am co-founder of the PhD/ECR Literacy as Social Practice Network, and co-manager of The Language Scholar Journal.


  • 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