Mr Rupert Herington
I joined the University of Leeds in 1999. I have worked primarily at the Language Centre throughout this period and taught on a range of English language programmes. From 2005 to 2015 I was responsible for the core English for Academic Purposes module on the International Foundation Year. Since 2016, I have been the Deputy Director of the Language Centre.
My current scholarship activity is related to the development of training to support teachers involved with English Medium Instruction. Since 2014, I have been involved in designing and delivering teacher training courses for university teachers involved with English medium instruction. I have delivered training courses for university teachers at universities in Japan and China, as well as at the University of Leeds.
I have also provided teacher training courses in Brazil and Tunisia and spoken at academic conferences in Spain, Libya, Taiwan, Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland and the UK. I acted as an external examiner for international foundation year modules and pre-sessional courses at the University of Newcastle, University of Bradford and the University of Southampton.
The other main area of my work since 2001 has been to facilitate international students to come to study at the University of Leeds. Since 2008 I have been responsible for the marketing of the Language Centre and its courses as well as developing institutional relationships with universities in a wide-range of countries.
I am the Director of International Activity for the School of Languages, Cultures & Societies involved in the development of international partnership activities.
Herington, R. (2020) Observation as a Tool to Facilitate the Professional Development of Teaching Faculty Involved in English as a Medium of Instruction: Trainer and Trainee Perspectives. In Carrió-Pastor, M. (Ed.) Internationalising Learning in Higher Education: The Challenges of English as a Medium of Instruction. Palgrave Macmillan DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-21587-3
Argüelles, I., Sendra, J., Millán, M., Blanco, J., Herradón, R. & Herington. R. (2011) TIC y Aprendizaje Integrado De Contenidos Técnicos Y Lengua Inglesa en la EUIT de Telecomunicación UPM. Article in Maruenda-Bataller, S. & Clavel-Arroitia, B. (Eds.) Multiple Voices in Academic and Professional Discourse: Current Issues in Specialised Language Research, Teaching and New Technologies. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Argüelles, I., Muñoz, A, & Herington, R. (2010) Twitter a new global genre: a contrastive study of the use of language in English and Spanish. Article in the Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Meeting of the British Association for Applied Linguistics p. 1 - 10
Herington, R., Cowey, J. , Hawes, T. & Thomas, S. (2008) Developing academic skills through blended learning tasks. Inform. Issue 2. Available online http://www.reading.ac.uk/inform/inf-index.aspx
Herington, R. (2006) Supporting international students with autonomous language learning: methods of support. Proceedings of the English language teaching conference. Chaoyang University of Technology, Taichung, Taiwan
Herington, R. (2006) Exploring ways to develop language and study skills through content-based materials. Proceedings of the 2006 conference on English for Specific Purposes, China University of Technology, Taipei, Taiwan
Herington, R. (2004) Training and use of ICT in English language classes in Tunisian secondary schools. Report prepared for the British Council, Tunisia
Howarth, P.& Herington, R.(2004) New Directions in Language Learning. Learning & Teaching Bulletin (2) University of Leeds
Herington, R. (2002) Teaching EFL/ESL Students How to Use Search Engines and Develop their English. In The Internet TESL Journal. Vol VIII, No. 12, December 2002 Available online at: http://iteslj.org/Techniques/Herington-SearchEngines.html
Howarth, P. & Herington, R. (Eds.)(2000) EAP Learning Technologies. Leeds: Leeds University Press
Herington, R. (1999) Integrating the World Wide Web into Language Learning Tasks. TESOL Spain Newsletter, September 1999
Herington, R. (1999) Improving Learners' Strategic Competence. Article in González, S. et al. (Eds.) (1999) Essays in English Language Teaching: A Review of the Communicative Approach. Oviedo: University of Oviedo.
Herington, R. (1998) Review Article of 'Write to be Read: Reading, Writing and Reflection'. Smalzer, W. (1996) in the TESL-EJ. Vol 3. No 3. Available at:
Herington, R. (1998) "A One Stop Lesson". Activities to practise the collocations with Make and Do.
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Presentations & Talks
October 2019 'ICL teacher education: where does the out-of-country professional development intervention sit?' Paper presented at the Integrating Content and Language in Higher Education conference, Universitat Jaume I, Castellón, Spain
September 2018 'Cultivating quality in EMI learning and teaching'. Paper presented at the European Association for International Education conference with Dr. Joanne Pagèze, Geneva, Switzerland
October 2017 'Integrating active learning techniques into a course for trainees preparing for English medium instruction'. Paper delivered at the Integrating Content and Language in Higher Education conference at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark
March 2017. 'English as a medium of instruction: issues influencing the training of teaching faculty'. Paper presented at the White Rose meeting on English Medium Instruction at the University of York, UK
March 2017 'Observation as a Tool to Facilitate the Professional Development of Teaching Faculty Involved in English as a Medium of Instruction: Trainer and Trainee Perspectives '. Paper presented at the 2nd International Seminar: Internationalising learning: English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI) Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain
June 2016 'Observation as a tool to inform the professional development of teachers involved with English Medium Instruction'. Paper presented at the BALEAP Professional Interest Meeting on English Medium Instruction at the University of Southampton, UK
April 2015 'Using your memory for language learning'. Talk at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, ETS de Ingeniería y Sistemas de Telecomunicación
May 2014 ‘Understanding cultural diversity and using communication strategies when abroad for study or work’. Talk at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, ETS de Ingeniería y Sistemas de Telecomunicación
May 2013 ‘Conducting business around the world. What are the challenges?’.Talk at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, ETS de Ingeniería y Sistemas de Telecomunicación
May 2010 'English as a Global Language: Why English?'.Talk at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, ETS de Ingeniería y Sistemas de Telecomunicación
May 2008 'The role of English as an international language'.Talk at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, ETS de Ingeniería y Sistemas de Telecomunicación
May 2007 'Communicating in English around the world'.Talk at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, ETS de Ingeniería y Sistemas de Telecomunicación
June 2006 'Supporting learners with self-study language learning'. Paper presented at the English language teaching conference. Chaoyang University of Technology, Taichung, Taiwan
June 2006 'Exploring ways to develop language and study skills'. Paper presented at the ESP conference.China University of Technology, Taipei, Taiwan
March 2006 'More autonomous language learning: introductory training activities for teachers and students'. Paper presented at the ELTEX conference, Tripoli, Libya
October 2005 'Considerations in the development of online materials for English language learning' & 'Making more effective use of a self-access centre: activities for teachers and students'. Papers presented at the British Council English Teaching Seminars, National Taipei University of Education, Taipei, Taiwan
January 2005 'Interactive whiteboards in teaching and learning'. Paper presented with Dr. Peter Howarth at the Second Learning and Teaching Conference, University of Leeds, UK
January 2004 'E-learning: English for Academic Purposes'. Paper presented with Dr. Peter Howarth at the First Learning and Teaching Conference, University of Leeds, UK
April 2003, 'Issues in the creation of Web-based language learning materials'. Paper presented with Dr. Peter Howarth at the BALEAP conference , University of Southampton, UK
February 2003 'English for Academic Purposes on the Web'. Paper presented with Dr. Peter Howarth at the Flexible Learning Network Meeting, C & IT Exemplar Projects. University of Leeds, UK
January 2002 ‘The Role of Technology in ELT’ Paper presented at the INE Event (British Council), Leeds, UK
May 1999 'Integrating the Internet into Language Learning Tasks'. Paper presented at the TESOL Spain Convention 1999 , Universidad Pontificia Comillas de Madrid, Spain
February 1999 'Strategies to improve Oral Communication'. Paper presented at VIII Jornadas de Metodología de la Enseñanza del Inglés. Universidad de Extremadura, Spain
October 1998 'Improving learners’ Strategic Competence'. Paper presented at I Simposio sobre Enseñanza y Aprendizaje del Inglés: el método comunicativo en el año 2000. Universidad de Oviedo, Spain
March 1998 'Oral Communication Strategies'. Paper presented at I Jornadas de Formación de Profesores, Universidad Alfonso X El Sabio, Spain.
- Deputy Director, Language Centre
- School Director of International Activity
- MA Linguistics for English Language Teaching
- BA (Honours) Geography
- RSA/Cambridge DELTA
- RSA/Cambridge CELTA
- CIM Professional Certificate in Marketing
- Chartered Institute of Marketing
I currently teach language & methodology courses to university teachers who are involved in delivering subjects through the medium of English.
Research groups and institutes
- Language Centre