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Dr Sarah Horrod

Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics & English for Academic Purposes


I work in the fields of Applied Linguistics and English for Academic Purposes / academic literacies. I am module leader on the MA Applied Linguistics for TESOL for modules in Teaching language for specific purposes and the CELTA Pathway's reflective dissertation. I also teach on the Discourse Analysis module and qualitative research methods. I have designed and taught courses on a wide range of EAP programmes in higher education including Foundation, Pre-sessional, Insessional and short courses. As part of the English for Academic and Professional Development (EAPD) team at Kingston, I coordinate the Insessional (on-course) programme of courses in academic communication skills and language that we offer to all students across the university to support their study and employability. I completed a PhD in Applied Linguistics at Lancaster University in February 2019 in the area of higher education policy taking a critical discourse studies (CDS) approach.

Areas of specialism

  • TESOL education
  • Teaching language for specific purposes
  • Critical discourse studies
  • Academic literacies
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Reflective practice
  • Multimodal analysis


  • PhD in Applied Linguistics, Lancaster University
  • MA English Language Teaching, University of Essex
  • BA (Hons) Economics with French, University of Sussex
  • Senior Fellowship (SFHEA)

Professional membership

Institutional membership of British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL) and BALEAP the organisation for EAP professionals.

Member of the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE).


My PhD research explored connections between discourses in Learning & Teaching (L&T) policy and learning, teaching & assessment practices in higher education using an interdisciplinary approach from critical discourse studies and the sociology of pedagogy. My research interests include critical discourse studies (CDS); multimodality; academic literacies; teaching language for specific purposes (LSP); TESOL including teacher education and diverse teaching contexts such as EMI, CLIL & EAL. 

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