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Brian Turner


EAP Lecturer

ISLI School Co-Director of Academic Tutoring (SDAT)

Co-Lead of ISLI Equality, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Sub-committee

ISLI Disability Representative

Lead Educator of ISLI free-access Short Online Courses

IELTS Invigilation

InForm Journal editorial board member

ISLI Representative to Senate

UoR Access and Participation Committee member

Areas of interest

  • Diversity in education
  • Intercultural communication and cultural diversity
  • Lexico-grammar
  • Logical reasoning
  • Materials Development
  • Metaphor in language
  • Neurodiversity
  • Philosophy as underpinning cultures, language and thought
  • Rhetoric
  • SpLDs
  • Student well-being and study skills


I have over 20 years of accumulated experience in English Language teaching. I began my teaching career in 1998 in Japan at a senior high school for the JET Programme and later worked with all ages (literally 3-93) and levels with positions in senior and junior high schools, kindergartens and private language schools during the years 1998-2002 and 2006-2011. Upon returning to the UK in the summer of 2011, I worked as a head teacher for a summer English course for Italian teenagers and did my first summer PSE at UoR. Following that I worked at a local language school teaching EGP (as well as some comprehensive schools as a cover supervisor) before joining ISLI in April 2013.

Academic qualifications

  • FHEA
  • MA in ELT (University of Reading)
  • TEFL Certificate with Business (Global English)
  • BA Philosophy (University of North London)



Professional bodies/affiliations

Member of the following committees: Diversity & Inclusion (incl. Athena Swan), ISLI TEL, Student & Staff Welfare

Selected publications

‘How to Improve your English Academic Writing for University Study’ – FutureLearn blog article available at:

Conference Papers and Presentations:

14/3/15: BALEAP Reading at Reading PIM; University of Reading. For this conference, I was on the organising committee and also gave a presentation entitled 'The impact of the "Reading Review" homework task on the activation and development of core reading strategies and skills of EAP pre-sessional students'. 


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