Richard Nickalls

Richard Nickalls

eLearning Coordinator & Presessional Coordinator

Contact details

Birmingham International Academy
46 Priorsfield
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

I have worked at the University of Birmingham  International Academy since January 2008, where I am currently eLearning coordinator in addition to my teaching responsibilities.  I coordinate Postgraduate Presessional programmes in the summer.  I also supervise Masters students on the ELAL Distance MA programmes. 


  • MA in Applied Linguistics (University of Birmingham)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), Modern Language Teaching, (University of York)
  • IOL Diploma in Modern Languages (University of York)
  • BSc (Hons) in Business Administration (University of Cardiff)


I have taught in Schools and Universities in England, France, Switzerland, Germany and South America. In Germany (2003-2007) I taught at the Leibniz University while also working as an IELTS examiner and setting up a small enterprise which trained private companies throughout the Hanover region.


I usually teach on the following programmes:

  • Japanese School Teacher Programme (eLearning for High School Teachers)
  • Insessional services for current University students
  • Foundation Programme (Advanced Academic English)
  • ELAL MA Distance Learning Programme (tutor and supervisor)
  • PhD/MSc Thesis Writing for Science, Engineering and Medicine

I also coordinate the Postgraduate Presessional (10-Week Programme)

Other activities

Research Interests

My research interests include learner corpora, the effects of L1 upon Second Language Acquisition, Cognitive Linguistics,  e-Learning and the teaching of grammar. I submitted my PhD thesis in January 2017 (PhD Candidate). 


  • Academic Research Project Handbook  - B1 –  (2012), EISU, UoB
  • Academic Research Project Handbook - B2 – (2012), EISU, UoB
  • Maxwell, H., Mottura, A., Nickalls, R., Nightingale, K., Sjoberg, J. (2014), ‘Literature review: Developing E- and Blended Learning Approaches for International Students’, University of Birmingham Teaching and Learning Journal, Vol. 1 No. 1, ISSN 2057-2069, pp.11-15.
  • Nickalls, R. (2011) 'How definite are we about articles in English? A study of L2 learners' English article interlanguage during a university presessional English course'. proceedings from the 2011 Corpus Linguistics Conference, #92 available from the University of Birmingham [online] Centre for Corpus Research Website.