Mike Groves

Mike Groves

College Programmes Manager

Contact details

Birmingham International Academy
46 Priorsfield
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

I have over 20 years experience teaching English Language and English for Academic Purposes (EAP) in places as diverse as Taiwan, Sarajevo and Barcelona. I am currently responsible for the running of the EAP side of the Birmingham International Academy's Foundation Programme. I have written on EAP for academic and non-academic publications, and have presented at conferences in a number of locations.


  • MA Applied Linguistics and ELT (Merits), University of Nottingham
  • BA (Hons) English Language and Literature, University of Central England
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


I first started teaching in Spain in the early 1990s, and since then my career has taken me all over the world. More recently, I was Head of the Centre for English Language Education on the Malaysia Campus of Nottingham University, where I established the Foundation programme in Arts and Education, as well as the Pre-sessional programme.

Other activities

Conference presentations

  • Groves, M. (2013) “Metadiscourse: Taking the theory into classroom practice” 22nd MELTA International Conference 28-30 May 2013. Johore Bahru, Malaysia
  • Groves, M. (2014) “Student responses to the content/skills divide in Malaysia” Inform Conference, 20 July 2014, Reading UK
  • Groves, M. (2014) “An oversimplified picture; The need for caution when interpreting national level language proficiency data” 3RD ILANNS Conference. Shah Alam Malaysia 18-19 Feb 2014
  • Groves, M. (2014) “The Nottingham Malaysia approach to teaching Academic Writing for foundation students” 12 Asia TEFL and 23 MELTA International Conference. Kuching, Malaysia- August 28-30 2014
  • Groves, M. and Mundt, K (2015) Handle, but handle with care: Google translate and Academic English British Association of lecturers of English for Academic Purposes grammar- PIM. 20 June 2015
  • Groves, M. (2015) Google Translate: Threat or Opportunity. Inform Conference. University of Reading 11 July 2015
  • Groves M. (2015) Google translate; Where is it taking us? 6th Foreign Language and Educational technology Conference. Harvard University August 11-15 2015 (Shortlisted for the Henderson Plenary Award)
  • Mundt, K and Groves, M (2016) ‘A double-edged sword: the merits and the policy implications of Google Translate in higher education’ European journal of higher education (In press). DOI: 10.1080/21568235.2016.1172248


  • Groves, M. (2013) An Investigation of Students’ Grammatical Ability in an International University Branch Campus. Malaysian Journal of ELT Research 9(1) pp29-43 ISSN 1511-8002 http://www.melta.org.my/Volume-9-1-2013/q?cid=163&doit=showclass
  • Groves, M. (2013) Metadiscourse: Another way to look at the slippery concept of academic style. Inform vol 11 pp16-17 http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/inform/B07178_Inform_Issue_11__pgo_v_5.pdf
  • Groves, M. (2013) The content/skills debate –A view from the Malaysian context Inform vol 12 pp13-14 http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/inform/B08452_Inform_issue_12_pgo_v_2.pdf
  • Groves, M. (2014) To write English like a professor, don’t rely on Google translate. The Conversation [Online] https://theconversation.com/to-write-english-like-a-professor-dont-rely-on-google-translate-27251
  • Groves, M. (2014) Love, peace and the plight of the air hostess: Google opens its brain to armchair linguists. The Conversation [Online] https://theconversation.com/love-peace-and-the-plight-of-the-air-hostess-google-opens-its-brain-to-armchair-linguists-27899
  • Groves, M. (2014) Ignore John Humphrys when he rants about grammar, he just wants attention. The Conversation [Online] https://theconversation.com/ignore-john-humphrys-when-he-rants-about-grammar-he-just-wants-attention-29918
  • Groves, M. and Mundt, K. (2015) Friend or foe? Google Translate in language for academic purposes. Journal of English for Specific Purposes. Vol 37. Pp 112-121 DOI: 10.1016/j.esp.2014.09.001 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S088949061400060X
  • Groves, M. (2015) “Lost in translation?” English Teaching Professional 97
  • Groves, M., Reid, T. and Hopkins, D (2015) ‘Just how effective are language learning apps? The conversation [online] https://theconversation.com/just-how-effective-are-language-learning-apps-42913