Alice Oxholm | Sheffield Hallam University

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Alice Oxholm B. Med Sci. Hons, PG Diploma, PGCE, MA

Principal Lecturer, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.


After graduating from the University of Sheffield, Alice worked as a speech and language therapist in London before retraining as an English language teacher. She taught in language schools and universities in Europe and South East Asia before returning to work in the UK to complete her Professional Diploma at the University of Manchester and then a Masters at the University of London.

  • About

    Alice has been working at Sheffield Hallam as a teacher, teacher educator and lecturer for seventeen years. During this time she has worked with newly qualified and experienced UK and international English language teachers in a range of contexts. Designing and evaluating distance learning materials and learning resources for teacher education courses has been a key interest, working with Trinity College London requirements as the internationally recognised validating body for our professional qualifications. 

    She has been supervising distance learners’ classroom projects for a number of years and work with international colleagues delivering courses for Masters students in the UK, China, Libya and Thailand. Her interest in teachers' approaches to classroom research and their perceptions of impact on practice has grown from my Masters teaching and supervision.

    Specialist areas of interest

    Language Teacher education and development
    Teacher Research
    Materials Design

  • Teaching

  • Research

    Alice's current areas of interest are situated teacher learning as developing research practitioners and trans-national course design.

    She has presented findings from her own action research (example below) and implications for practice at national and international conferences and am in the early stages of developing her EdD research.

    GRAHAM, T, OXHOLM, A (2007). Exploring changing attitudes of TESOL teachers to classroom-based research. Issue 18 IATEFL Research SIG

    GRAHAM, T, OXHOLM, A (2008). Research as conversation: developing a positive approach to action research. IATEFL conference selections.

    KONTOULIS, E, OXHOLM, A (2009). Developing teaching and learning: the value of collaborative action research on a Chinese/UK programme. Sheffield Hallam University internal conference.

  • Publications

    Journal articles

    Donaghue, H., & Oxholm, A. (2017). Engaging student teachers in reflection through micro teaching and interaction. The European Journal of Applied Linguistics and TEFL, 6 (2), 145-164.

  • Other activities

    IATEFL Teacher Development & Research SIGs
    Trinity College Course Providers group
    Editorial board member of ELT Journal

    Other responsibilities

    faculty distance learning operations group
    link tutor for transnational collaborative delivery
    e-learning development group

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