Clare Cunningham

Senior Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics, York St John University

I am a Senior Lecturer on the Linguistics programmes in the School of Languages and Linguistics (SoLL), and teach on the BA English Language and Linguistics, BA Linguistics and TESOL, BA Languages and TESOL and the MA in Applied Linguistics: TESOL programmes. I am a member of the Languages and Identities in InterAction Research Unit within the SoLL and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I have also worked as an a EFL tutor and have a wide range of experience teaching English, including English for Academic Purposes on pre-sessional (York St John University, Durham and Edinburgh universities) and International Foundation programmes (York St John University), Business English (York Associates), General English, and ES(O)L. I previously worked in the private sector for an independent tour operator, managing tour leaders, and providing multilingual operational support across Europe.

My doctoral research (at the University of York) focused on teachers attitudinal discourses about working with children with languages beyond English in northern UK primary schools.

My other research interests include educational and applied linguistics more broadly; innovative pedagogical practice in TEFL and Higher Education, including feedback to and from students, and the use of music in the classroom; awareness of and competence in English as a Lingua Franca; and motivation for learning foreign language.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics, York St John University


  • 2017 
    University of York, PhD Language Education