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School of Arts and Media

Siân Etherington

Dr Siân Etherington

Lecturer in TESOL and Applied Linguistics


After completing a BA English Literature and Language at the University of Oxford, I began my EFL teaching career in Greece, moving onto teach Business English and ESP in Germany. I completed my MA TEFL at the University of Manchester and followed this with an ESRC funded PhD in TESOL, also at Manchester University. I joined the University of Salford in 2002.


I teach the TESOL modules on the BA English Language programmes and supervise PhD students in the area of TESOL. I am also a tutor on the university’s academic development programme, the PG Certificate in Academic Practice.

Research Interests

I am interested in the role of individual differences in SLA, particularly motivation, beliefs and perceptions, emotion and affective issues.

Qualifications and Memberships

PG Certificate in Academic Practice, Fellow of HEA; member of SEDA, member of IATEFL, member of BAAL.


Etherington, S (ed.) 2011, English for Specific Academic Purposes: Proceedings of the 2009 BALEAP Conference , Reading , UK Garnet Publishing

Etherington, S 2008, 'Academic Writing in the Disciplines', in: Teaching Academic Writing New York: Continuum Press

Etherington, S & Spurling, N 2008, 'Knowledge in Action: International students and their interaction with cultural knowledge', Education in A Changing Environment, Conference Book Volume 4 New York: Informing Science Press.

Etherington, S 2007, 'Teaching and testing academic writing: exploring staff and student experiences', British Association of Lecturers in EAP (BALEAP) Conference Proceedings London: Peter Lang