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Dr Bill Soden



I joined the EFL Unit within the Department of Education in 1999, and was Academic Programme Manager for EAP for a number of years. On completion of my PhD in summer 2014, I moved into the Department of Education, becoming a Lecturer (Teaching and Scholarship) and focusing on teaching and supervising on taught Masters programmes in language Education. In 2014 I took on the role of Programme Leader for the MATESOL. Following completion of the YPAD scheme at York in summer 2016, I successfully applied for Senior Fellowship recognition from the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).

In my time at CELT I led the expansion of Pre-sessional and In-sessional programmes, and won a Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Award in 2009. Prior to working at York, I spent a number of years teaching for various organisations, including the British Council, in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Hong Kong and Oman. I also worked as a teacher trainer for UCLES and Trinity in York and Leeds.

I originally designed and taught the core Methods module in the MATESOL, and also designed and continue to teach on ESOL Classroom Practice, Testing and Assessment in ELT, and Teaching and Assessing Writing modules, while contributing to teaching on the English Linguistics module. I currently also supervise undergraduates and PhD students.



My doctorate was on the topic of International taught Masters students’ experience of feedback and its role in developing critical academic writing.

My research interests include:

  • English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
  • Teaching and assessing writing skills
  • ESOL / ELT teacher training
  • Assessment in Higher Education

I welcome PhD applications in the above or related areas. (Please note I am unable to assess applications or research proposals submitted by email. Please apply online following the guidelines available on the PhD webpage.)


Ongoing PhD projects

Viateur Ndayishimiye: Rethinking classroom-based assessment: A study of the washback effects of classroom-based assessment on students attitudes towards English Learning in Rwanda secondary schools.

Qingyang Sun: Citation practices in postgraduate international student writing: A study of source use in academic writing.

Contact details

Department of Education
University of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: + 44 (0)1904 323990