Staff Profile


Dr Diana Freeman

Senior Lecturer

School: School of Language Studies and Applied Linguistics

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 921768

Profile summary

I am a lecturer in the School of Language Studies and Applied Linguistics at CCCU.

My main research interest is in language teaching materials

- to what extent these materials incorporate findings from research into second language acquisition, teaching and learning

- how these materials are used in the language classroom

- the value of authentic materials in the language classroom including the extent to which such materials could/should be adapted or modified

- creation of other language teaching materials

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.

Other areas of interest include the promotion of second language learning in terms of fluency, accuracy and complexity; vocabulary and/or grammar teaching/learning particularly for EAP.   

I am the director of the Pre-Sessional Programme in Academic English and Research Skills for PhD Study

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 co-supervising two PhD students

- an investigation into middle school teacher education in Algeria

- Professional identity development and beliefs among pre-service teachers in Algeria

Teaching and subject expertise

I am a fellow of the HEA

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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