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Dr Diana Ridley BA, RSA Cert TEFL, PGCE, MA, PhD

MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Course Leader


Diana joined Sheffield Hallam University as a Senior Lecturer in TESOL in 2007. She teaches on both the distance learning and full-time campus based masters courses in TESOL and has substantial experience of both masters and PhD research supervision. She acts as an External Examiner for masters in ELT and TESOL programmes at other universities.


In the 25 years prior to my current role at Sheffield Hallam University, Diana has worked with international students on pre-sessional and in-sessional English for Academic Purposes courses at a number of UK universities and has been involved in PhD research training development and delivery at the University of Sheffield. She has also taught English as an Additional Language in both primary and secondary schools in the UK. She has been an ELT teacher trainer in Tanzania and an EFL teacher in Spain.


Sociolinguistics and Global Englishes

Discourse analysis

Genre analysis

Developing a research proposal

Qualitative research methodologies

Research ethics

Literature searching and reviewing

Research writing

PhD and masters research supervision


Research interests

Diana is particularly interested in the way student writers develop their own voice and persuasive argument in their writing through an effective integration of source material.

More generally, her  research interests are in the following areas:

Academic literacies

Formative and summative feedback on writing


Genre and disciplinarity


Hussein, S. (2018). Factors affecting the implementation of communicative language teaching in Libyan secondary schools. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Ridley, D.

Alzouebi, A. (2015). Teachers' and Roma students' experiences of the ESOL classroom in Yorkshire. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Ridley, D., & Grainger, K.

Alzouebi, S. (2015). Interaction, educational background and identity: Arab women learning English in the UK. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Ridley, D., & Sayers, D.

Woodward, N. (2014). Thai second language writing: the development of language knowledge and cross-cultural influence. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Ridley, D.

Tarhuni, F.A. (2013). Strategies-based instruction and Libyan adult EFL learners : An action research study. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Barrett, E., & Ridley, D.

Ridley, D. (2004). The PhD Literature Review: a Journey of Discovery. (Doctoral thesis).

Other activities

Diana reviews journal articles for the Elsevier journal: English for Specific Purposes and have reviewed publications for Oxford University Press.

She is an active member of BALEAP, the global forum for English for Academic Purposes (EAP) professionals. As part of this work, she coordinated the annual EAP Masters dissertation award for three years.

She is an External Examiner at various universities for both masters courses and ELT / EAP modules.

She has acted as a panel member for TESOL UG and PG course validations at other universities.

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