Bill Soden



BA in Politics at the University of York in 1979
Diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults 1987.
The Institute of Linguists Final Examination, Spanish, 1985
MA in TESOL (distance) the University of Edinburgh in 2000
PhD Education (completion date 2013)

I have worked abroad in Europe, Asia and the Middle East as an English language teacher and teacher trainer. Since 2004, I have been leading the Centre for English Language Teaching pre-sessional and in-sessional EAP provision. I began my part-time doctorate in 2008, motivated by my desire to explore issues arising directly from my teaching experience at York.

Main areas of interest

Academic writing-feedback and developing criticality
EAP Tracking research (BALEAP tracking group)
Teacher training ESOL/EAP
TESOL methods
Materials writing-blended learning
Learning and teaching in Higher Education-use of technology to support formative assessment

Departmental Roles

CELT Academic Programme Manager EAP; MATESOL module leader


The role of written feedback in the development of critical academic writing: a study of the feedback experience of non-native speakers in taught master’s programmes.

The research is based around case studies of students in two departments at the University of York.  Using a mixed methods approach, the longitudinal study links tutor intentions and student responses to written feedback, while also analysing written feedback comments to explore issues of quality and usability. Among the findings, the research highlights the role of tacit knowledge in constraining the potential for feedforward in written feedback; the research also explores audio and video alternatives for formative feedback.

Dr Graham Low, Dr Frank Hardman


Conference Presentations

BALEAP (British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes) Public Issues Meeting (PIM), The University of York, April, 2012, ‘Running bespoke courses in departments: turning EGAP to ESAP.’

BALEAP (British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes) Public Issues Meeting (PIM), The University of Kent, March 2012: ‘Tracking student experience and academic skills development: a study to inform discipline specific EAP course design.’

FELT Conference, University of York 2011; ‘Generating complex formative feedback:  using screen casts to promote dialogue around content and skills’.

York Higher Learning Conference, University of York St John, 2011; presenter of workshop: ‘Say what you see: screencast feedback for formative assessment’.

FELT Conference, University of York 2010; ‘Integrating international students into the academic community: the role of pre-sessional courses.

FELT Conference, University of York, 2004.’ Plagiarism- Overseas Student Perspectives’.


  • Business Spotlight Website test. (Spotlight Verlag GmbH)
  • Monthly online test 2000- present
  • York Associates, Listening and Grammar Pack, (2000)


Teaching experience

General English, English for Specific Purposes-Business English, CELTA teacher training, English for Academic Purposes

MATESOL module leader-ESOL Classroom Practice, TESOL methods

RDT Workshop leader


The Vice Chancellor’s Learning and Teaching Award, 2009.

External activity

External examining

  • External Examiner for University of Leeds, English Language Communication Module 2006-2008
  • External Examiner for Regent’s College, London: Business English 201/ 301. 2009-present
  • External Examiner MATESOL, Sheffield Hallam University, 2011-
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