Dr Adam Cooke

Dr Adam Cooke

School of Education
Lecturer in Secondary Modern Languages Teacher Education and Professional Education Development

Contact details

School of Education
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TT, United Kingdom

Adam completed his PGCE in modern languages at the University of Birmingham before beginning his career as a language teacher at a large 11-18 comprehensive in Hertfordshire. He has subsequently held a number of positions in secondary state schools. He has been a head of department, a senior leader, an assistant headteacher, a deputy headteacher and a head of sixth form. For ten years he was the modern foreign languages adviser for Norfolk Local Authority. During which time, he produced materials for CiLT and the National Strategy. Following completion of his doctorate in 2015, he lectured in education at the University of East Anglia. 


  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy, 2017
  • Doctorate in Education, University of East Anglia 2015
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Birmingham University, 1997
  • BSc (Hons) Modern Languages, University of Aston, 1995


Adam teaches on the Secondary PGDipEd programme

Postgraduate supervision

Adam currently supervises dissertation students on the MA in Teaching Studies programme

Doctoral research

PhD title
Adam’s doctoral thesis (2014), ‘A qualitative inquiry into the construction of modern foreign language teachers’ beliefs and pedagogical content knowledge’ can be accessed from www.ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/53375.


  • Modern foreign language teaching methodology
  • Second language acquisition
  • Macro and micro educational policy
  • Teacher beliefs