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Dr Joe Fagan



I am a lecturer in Language Education (Teaching and Scholarship) and currently the Director of Taught Masters Programmes (Teaching and Learning) for the Department of Education. I arrived at the University of York in 2011 after working as an Associate Lecturer on on-campus and online Masters programmes in English Language, TESOL and Applied Linguistics at Aston University and the University of Leicester. I had accumulated 15 years of experience working in language education in Spain, Egypt and the UK as an EFL/EAP teacher and as a teacher educator on Trinity College London Certificate and Diploma courses, and the Cambridge Distance DELTA course. While in Spain, I also designed curricula and teaching materials for English for Specific Purposes courses, working principally with the British Council in Madrid, and also freelance with a number of multinationals (IBM, Media Planning Group and Reliance National Insurance).

I obtained my first degree from the University of Glasgow, and I hold a Cambridge University CELTA, a Trinity College London Diploma in TESOL, an MSc in TESOL (Aston University), and a PhD in Applied Linguistics (Aston University). My PhD research focused on the teaching and learning of modality across genres in pre-sessional academic writing, combining a detailed discourse analysis with a materials evaluation and a study of teacher cognition. I am currently in the process of writing up my results for publication and am developing teaching resources to be used to complement pre- and in-sessional academic literacy skills classes.

I am a Senior Fellow of Advance HE (formerly the Higher Education Academy).

Teaching duties

I teach on the following Masters level modules:

  • English Linguistics
  • Language for Education
  • Teaching World Englishes
  • TESOL Methods
  • Evaluating TESOL Practice
  • Planning and Communicating Research
  • Pragmatics: language, meaning and communication (2011-16)
  • Approaches to ELT (2011-13)

Supervision duties

I supervise students on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and on the PhD programme as Thesis Advisory Panel member.

Departmental roles

  • Director of Taught Masters Programmes (Teaching and Learning)
  • Member of the Department of Education's Equality and Diversity Committee
  • Member of the Department of Education's Ethics Committee (2014-19)

University roles

  • Assessor and Facilitator on the York Professional and Academic Development (YPAD) Scheme
  • Member of the PGT Special Interest Group
  • Member of the Together York Integration Project Special Interest Group
  • Member of the University Teaching Committee (2016-19)

Contact details

Department of Education
University of York

Tel: + 44 (0)1904 324584

External activities


  • Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • British Association of Applied Linguists (BAAL)
  • British Association of Lecturers of English for Academic Purposes (BALEAP)
  • The Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA)