Denise de Pauw

Denise de Pauw


From 2001 - 2018 I taught ESOL,  mostly in rural community settings but also in mainstream FE. Between 2012 - 2017 I freelanced as a self employed EFL/ESOL 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 interest in everyday digital literacies. I have taught EAP since 2015 and started a PhD part-time in Applied Linguistics October 2017. My topic is “What are the experiences of migrant jobseekers, looking for work online” and I am interested in the literacy practices and discourses of identity that intersect in the process of online job applications.


  • Module co-lead
  • AEPS level 3 and Language for Politics and Society
  • Language Centre Pre-sessional EAP courses for postgraduates

Research interests

EAP interests:

Digital academic literacy practices and genres; hybridised genres; discussion skills; digital pedagogies; teacher identity; currciulum design


“If we were on campus....”: reflections on managing the multiple spaces of online teaching. 

University of Leeds  Language Centre Summer Conference, 31st July - 21st August 2020

TEL SIG  (Technology-Enhanced Learning ) BALEAP Special Interest Group 4th October 2020

”Creating a buzz around academic skills development”

BALEAP PIM Online Schedule: 2020 Visions: Looking back and looking ahead - International Programmes Department, University of Kent 6th November 2020

PhD student, Applied Linguistics, Lancaster University

I'm researching the experience of migrants looking for jobs online, something that benefits claimants in the UK are mandated to do by the 2012 Welfare Act. This act has thrust digital literacies into the life world of some of the least educated and most vulnerable newcomers to UK society, which is one of the reasons for my study. I am interested in the intersections between literacy practices and discourses in online job searches, to find out why looking for work online appears to be difficult for many, regardless of their education level. In my analysis, I have used mediated discourse analysis (Scollon 2001; Norris 2013; Jones 2014) that is informed by Situated Literacies (e.g.  Barton, Hamilton and Ivanic, 2000) and Activity Theory (e.g. Wertsch/Leont’ev 1981), to look at job applications in separate but interconnected layers of talk, actions, resources, texts, discourses and underlying motivating forces. Taking a job search or application as an instantiation of a literacy event, I have identified an interruption to the usual flow of interaction as a "site of engagement" (Scollon, 2001) for in depth analysis.

Talks and presentations:

Literacies Log Blog for the Literacy Research Centre at Lancaster University

PAWBL December Symposium 2020 – Creativity and collaboration in professional, academic and workplace literacies.

Research and Practice in Adult Literacies (RaPAL): PhD colloquia presenter, 3rd December 2020

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

Professional memberships


Student education

I currently co-lead a year round pre-sessional course (AEPS level 3) and a six week summer pre-sessional course (Language for Politics and Society).

Research groups and institutes

  • Language Centre