Staff Profile


Dr Diana Freeman

Senior Lecturer

School: Centre for Language and Linguistics

Campus: Canterbury Main Campus

Tel: 01227 921768

Profile summary

I am a senior lecturer in the Centre for Language and Linguistics at CCCU.

My main research interest is in language teaching materials, particularly language teaching coursebooks.

Title of my PhD: It's a Question of Questions: A taxonomy of reading question-types and an investigation into these question-types accompanying the reading activities in global ELT coursebooks

My study focused on the intermediate level of 4 different coursebook series and their revised editions and I am interested in expanding this to incorporate other proficiency levels and other coursebook series.

I supervise MA Dissertations and PhD Theses.  Topics related to the teaching and studying of TESOL 

I am the director of the taught portion of the MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL 

I am the director of the Contemporary Language Studies programme.

I have taught on and directed courses on teacher training and I teach on the General English Language programme, both general English and EAP.

I have worked at The University of Birmingham, Edgbaston where I taught MA modules on Introduction to Language (grammar and lexis), Second Language Teaching and Learning and Language Teaching Observation and Practice.

I taught some BA and MA Modules at The University of Essex while studying for my PhD.  The undergraduate modules were on English Language Teaching and the postgraduate teaching focused mainly on modules on Vocabulary Learning and Teaching and modules on Reading

I was an EFL teacher for many years, mainly in the UK and Italy before embarking on my academic studies.

Research and knowledge exchange

I am currently supervising eight PhD students (co-supervising one and temporary cover for two more) on a range of topics including:

  • International Students` Affective Responses while doing a PhD in UK
  • Teachers’ Perceptions on Engagement with/in Research as a Means to Enhance their Continuous Professional Development.
  • Intercultural Sensitivity and Social Anxiety Among International Students in study-abroad context
  • Investigating EFL Learners’ Use of Vocabulary Learning Strategies in an Algerian Context
  • Experience and effects of being multilingual and writing academic English English at English speaking universities
  • Exploring students' attitude towards developing their Intercultural communication in the process of learning English as a foreign language
  • Investigating the materials used in promoting 3rd year university Algerian EFL students' writing skills
  • An investigation of the effectiveness of CLT in secondary schools in Cameroon

Teaching and subject expertise

I am a fellow of the HEA

I am a qualified CELTA Teacher Trainer

External activities

I have presented the following papers:

2012 IATEFL, Glasgow: It's a Question of Questions - Questions and tasks accompanying intermediate level EFL coursebook reading texts

2013 AAAL, Dallas: Reading comprehension questions - the distribution of different types in global EFL coursebooks

2016 ITELIC, Malaysia: Using authentic materials in the EFL classroom

Publications and research outputs

Freeman, D. (2014). Reading comprehension questions: the distribution of different types in global EFL textbooks.  in N. Harwood (Ed). English language teaching materials: content, consumption, production.  London: Palgrave Macmillan pp. 205-238


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