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

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.


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


Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion

Social Sciences and Arts


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.


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.

Conference papers

Pountney, R., & Oxholm, A. (2001). Supporting and Evaluating Students’ use of an Electronic Discussion Board. In Price, J., Willis, D.A., & Willis, J. (Eds.) SITE 2001--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, Orlando, Florida. Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education


Donaghue, H., & Oxholm, A. (2018). Help or hindrance: a critical examination of trainer talk. Presented at: 52nd Annual IATEFL Conference, Brighton, UK

Donaghue, H., & Oxholm, A. (2017). Introducing novice teachers to reflection through authenticated microteaching and discussion. Presented at: 51st Annual IATEFL Conference, Glasgow, UK

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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