Dr Simon Webster, SFHEA

Dr Simon Webster, SFHEA


I have been an English language teacher and teacher trainer for over 25 years, holding teaching posts in the UK, Spain, Italy, Malaysia, Japan, China and Taiwan.

My teacher training experience includes several years teaching on a BEd TESOL programme for the University of Edinburgh and teaching on a BA TESOL programme in Oman for the University of Leeds. I have also taught on the MA TESOL and MA TESOL Studies programmes at Leeds.

For several years, I taught and contributed to modules on the Master's in Professional Language and Intercultural Studies (MAPLIS) programme and supervised students' dissertations.

I have held a number of roles at the Language Centre, including that of director of in-sessional EAP programmes, when I coordinated academic language and literacy provision for undergraduate, taught postgraduate and research students across the University.

Research interests

My main research area is that of language teacher cognition and I have conducted teacher cognition research in EAP, EMI and ESOL contexts. A very recent publication with Rupert Herington, for example, investigates the impact of intensive teacher education courses for EMI teachers. 

I am interested in the discipline-specificity of academic writing and have recently written a book chapter exploring the written discourse genres of digital media studies for Bloomsbury Press. 

I have a keen interest in ESAP programme design and have recently published an article on a semi-embedded in-sessional programme I introduced at the University of Leeds.

I am currently working on a PRiA project with Holly Steel (School of Media) exploring inclusion in seminar teaching. 


<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • PhD (Leeds)
  • MEd TESOL (Edinburgh)
  • PGCE (Cardiff)
  • BA (Liverpool)

Student education

I have a seconded role within the School of Media where I am responsible for academic literacy provision across taught postgraduate programmes. This activity includes the design and delivery of discipline-specific in-sessional courses and programme-embedded workshops within the School.

I am also co-coordinator of the pre-sessional programme for students who will be undertaking Master’s-level study in the School of Media and Communication.

Research groups and institutes

  • Language Centre