Dr Carolyn Walker

Teaching Fellow

School/Department: Education, School of



I have many years of experience in the field of English language teaching in the UK and overseas. For a substantial part of my career I taught English for academic purposes and phonology at the University of Exeter. In 2015 I started work at the University of Leicester on the MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL. I have written coursebooks and other teaching material for ELT publishers and I am an item writer for international English language testing organisations. I hold master's degrees in Educational Research and Linguistics and Language Teaching and a doctorate in TESOL.


My research interests lie in the fields of motivation and related areas in foreign language learning testing and assessment and the pronunciation of English.


(0) 1. A study of self-concept in reading in a second or foreign language in an academic context. (2015). System, 49 pp73-85
2. Self-access extensive reading project using graded readers. (1997). Reading in a Foreign Language, 11(1), 121-149.
3. Individualising reading. (1986). English Language Teaching Journal.
4. Evaluation criteria in oral testing. (1983). British Journal of Language Teaching.
5. Durrant, P., Walker, C. & Michel, R. (2015). Using PTE Academic to predict achievement and measure proficiency gains in an intensive EAP foundation programme Pearson: Research summaries.



Motivation in foreign language learning


MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL (distance learning)

Press and media

Teaching and learning English as foreign language; pronunciation of English


RSA Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language; Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Primary)
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