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Gemma Peacock

  • Assistant Programme Director (summer pre-sessional programmes)
  • EAP Lecturer
  • Academic Language and Literacy Liaison for Henley Business School (post-graduate)
  • Module convenor on the Academic English Programme (ILMAEFN, ILMAACN, ILMABMN, ILMACFN)


I have been teaching English for over a decade in a variety of contexts to include English as a Foreign Language to adult learners, young learners in India, and English for Academic Purposes at Higher Education institutions.

I have also previously worked in the secondary school sector, teaching English Language, Humanities and Citizenship at a private boarding school where I was also the residential house parent. I have taught EAP at Durham University (social sciences/humanities) as well as BPP University (accounting/finance), where I also worked as an online assessor. I am the External Examiner for Foundation and pre-master’s programmes in Academic skills at the University of Surrey. I am also studying for my Doctorate in Education (EdD) here at the University of Reading, which I will complete alongside my teaching work and management duties in ISLI.

My professional interests include technology enhanced learning (TEL), online teacher-student rapport and EAP leadership learning. In Autumn term 2021 I piloted the hybrid teaching and learning approach in ISLI and disseminating my findings and recommendations across the university. I am currently working with colleagues in other schools to discover more about the possibilities and limitations of hybrid teaching and learning in a variety of teaching contexts.

Academic qualifications

  • BA (Hons) English Literature and Language from King's College London (University of London)
  • MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL from the University of Portsmouth (distinction)
  • Cambridge Celta and DELTA
  • TEAP (Teaching EAP) certificate from SOAS University

Professional bodies/affiliations

  • Associate Fellow of BALEAP (The Global Forum for EAP Professionals)
  • CMALT (Association for Learning Technologies: Certified and Accredited Member)
  • Microsoft Certified Educator (Technology Literacy for Educators)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Winner of the 2021 Reading Students' Union Teaching Excellence Award for ISLI
  • Reviewer for Education and Information Technologies journal

Selected publications

  • Peacock, G. (2022). A sequential explanatory mixed-methods study of UK higher education teacher experiences when building rapport with international students online. SN Social Sciences, 2(214).

Conference papers and presentations:

  • Becker, C., & Peacock, G. (2022, May 11-13). Nurturing the tiniest building block of learning communities: hybrid teaching as friend or foe. [Conference workshop]. The 9th JISC Change Agents Network Conference, Sustaining Partnerships in Transformative Times, University College London, UK. 

  • Peacock, G.(2022, Oct 7).Hybrid teaching and learning methods: sharing experiences at UoR. [People Development Session]. University of Reading Library, UK

  • Peacock, G. (2021). ‘Using OneDrive to address the challenges of online groupwork’ Language Teaching Research Forum (LTRF) meeting. University of Reading, June 2021.
  • Peacock, G. (2021). ‘Exploring teacher experiences of building rapport online with international EAP students’ Language Teaching Research Forum (LTRF) meeting. University of Reading. October 2021.
  • Peacock, G., and Adachi, T. (2021). ‘Reflections on the Microsoft Certified Educator certification’ Language Teaching Research Forum (LTRF) meeting. University of Reading, March 2022.
  • Peacock, G. (2021). ‘Experiences of delivering hybrid classes: Instructing remote and in-person students in the same synchronous session’. IATEFL LTSIG Pre-Conference Event. Belfast. May 2022.


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