Kevin is currently the Director of the Centre for Language and Linguistics. He has been working at Canterbury Christ Church University since 2002 and before that taught English as a Foreign Language in Spain and Russia for seven years. He has in recent years been involved in several international projects, such as with the British Council in Bangladesh, as well as contributing to a number of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes including the MA TESOL and BA English Language and Communication, to the CELTA programme and to short course programmes for English language teachers visiting from overseas. He is also a PhD supervisor.
Research and knowledge exchange
Kevin’s research interests are in English language teacher education and incorporating technology into English language teaching.
Over a number of years, he has also been a regular visitor to southern India as part of an ongoing partnership with the University of Kerala, with his doctorate was based around English language teaching methodology in Kerala.
In terms of knowledge exchange, he recently led a project working with Migrant Help in Dover, aimed at developing English language provision to migrants, and between 2013 and 2015, he led a materials and teacher development project in collaboration with the British Council in Bangladesh.
He's interested in supervising PhDs relating to different aspects of teacher education, English language teaching methodology, and the integration of technology into language classes.
Teaching and subject expertise
Kevin has taught on the MA TESOL programme including the Language Systems and Appropriate Pedagogy, Materials and Task Design and Evaluation, and Teaching Practice/Practical Project modules, as well as supervising MA dissertations. He has also worked on and been Programme Director for both the BA English Language programme and the CELTA programme. Between 2009 and 2014, he was involved with the B.Ed. TESL programme for Malaysian secondary school teachers. He also taught on and a number of intensive teacher development programmes for overseas teachers of English.
Recent Conference Presentations:
May 2017 - Invited Speaker, Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur: Developing technology use in language classrooms through communities of practice
June 2015 - MELTA, Kuala Lumpur: What’s the point of asking teachers to reflect?
August 2014 - 2nd International Conference on The 21st Century Classroom: directions, Issues and Changes, University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB): Teacher development – 21st century perspectives
March 2014 - TESOL Spain, Madrid: How learners learn, how teachers teach
May 2013 - MELTA, Johor Bahru, Malaysia: Three years overseas: The impact of a substantial UK-based element in a training programme for English language teachers
September 2012 - British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL), University of Southampton, UK: Where do we go from here? Practitioners’ views on the state of ELT in Kerala, Southern India
February 2012 - International Seminar on ELT, University of Kerala, Trivandrum, India: Activity-Based Practice
July 2011 - Cutting Edges, Canterbury, UK: Classroom Strategies for Developing Autonomous Vocabulary Learners
July 2011 - Cutting Edges, Canterbury, UK: The influence of the activity type and of the teacher in promoting autonomous learning in the language classroom
February 2011 - International Seminar on ELT, University of Kerala, Trivandrum, India: Using technology in second language learning: What’s stopping you?
December 2010 - International Seminar on Applied Linguistics, Acharya Nagarjuna University, Guntur, India: Communicative methodology and technology – fusion or confusion? (plenary speaker)
July 2010 - Cutting Edges, Canterbury, UK - Using technology in second language learning: Expanding the vision: a study of pre-service teachers
May 2010 - MICELT, Melaka, Malaysia: The place of technology in teacher training and teacher development programmes
Publications and research outputs
Balchin, K. and Wild, C. (2018) "It’s All in the Numbers: Enhancing Technology Use in Urban and Rural Environments". In Tafazoli, D. (ed.), Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Technology-Enhanced Language Learning, IGI Global.
Balchin, K. and Wild, C. (2016) “Exploring the role of recently-qualified English teachers in developing technology use in language classrooms through communities of practice”. British Council ELT Research Papers 16-05. London: British Council. Available at: https://englishagenda.britishcouncil.org/research-publications/research-papers
Balchin, K. and Wild, C. (2015) “Expanding the vision: A study of trainee teachers’ beliefs about using technology in the English language classroom.” Asian EFL Journal, 17(4), 37-67. Available at: http://asian-efl-journal.com/9208/quarterly-journal/2015/12/volume-17-issue-4-december-2015-quarterly-journal/
Balchin, K. (2012) "Promoting Learner Autonomy among English Language Learners." English Activities Update Vol 2/1 (January)
Balchin, K. & Lal, C.A. (2011) "Towards a more communicative approach to ELT in India: The missing link between theory and practice." In Jamuna, B.S. & Lal C.A. (eds) New Strides in English Teaching. Kochi, India: Gowli, pp 93-99.
Balchin, K. & Lal C.A. (2011) "Using Technology in the English language classroom in Kerala: What's stopping you?" Proceedings of International Conference on ELT: Pedagogical Strategies in the 21st Century, UGC-SAP, Institute of English and Centre for English Language Teaching, University of Kerala, in collaboration with Canterbury Christ Church University, Kent, UK.