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Judith Axelby MEd (Applied Linguistics), PGCert TEAP, DELTA, cTESOL, Judith Axelby, Senior Lecturer

Lecturer In English Language


I have taught English for Speakers of Other Language for 14 years in Syria, Egypt, Taiwan and Italy for the British Council, and since 2011 at Sheffield Hallam University.


Since joining Sheffield Hallam University I have taught on a range of courses including LEAP, EBAP, UES and summer Pre-sessionals. More recently I have taught on the Iraqi Health Project to Radiotherapy Physicists. I am currently course leader on the Radiotherapy physicists CPD course, and on the summer pre-sessionals. On the Teacher Education side of our department, I am involved in the supervision and marking of dissertations and modules on the distance Masters courses relating to classroom methodologies and classroom practice. I have also developed materials introducing Academic Literacies, using interviews and focus groups in research, and ethnographic research.

Teaching interests

English for Specific Academic Purposes (ESAP) especially with relation to healthcare and radiotherapy physics,

English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

Academic Literacies in practice

Ethnographic research in the ESOL classroom


Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion

Social Sciences and Arts

My research interests include code-switching and bi-lingualism in classroom environments; identity in second language acquisition; the practical implications of Academic Literacies theory; discourse analysis of classroom language / group language (through conversation analysis); reading approaches and progression for students in English as a Lingua Franca universities and universities in English speaking contexts; and English for Radiotherapy Physics.

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