Dave Watton

Dave Watton

EAP Teaching Fellow

Contact details

Birmingham International Academy
46 Priorsfield
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

I teach on a range of insessional academic English courses including English in your Subject, Synthesise for Success and Lunchtime English. I also help to coordinate presessional teacher development activities during the summer.


  • Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults (CELTA)
  • Diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults
  • Young Learner Extension to CELTA
  • BA (Hons) Architecture (University of Nottingham)
  • HEA Senior Fellowship


I taught abroad in the Basque Country and in South Korea, where I worked for the British Council as a teacher-trainer and manager of the Young Learners Centre in Seoul. I have since worked in both further and higher education in the UK and have been a member of the teaching team at Birmingham International Academy since 2008. I am an active action research practitioner and have contributed to two publications and presented at several conferences in the UK and abroad.


    • Insessional Academic English
    • Birmingham Foundation Pathways Academic English & Study Skills
    • Presessional EAP programmes (Undergraduate & Postgraduate)

Other activities

Academic interests

I have a particular interest in experimenting with more creative approaches to teaching and learning. As a CPD coordinator, I enjoy working with colleagues to harness their creativity as classroom practitioners.


Watton, D. (2018) Messing up your teaching. English Teaching Professional, Issue 115 (March 2018), Pavilion Publishing

Watton, D. & Groves, J. (2018) ‘The Discerning Student’: A framework for developing critical thinking skills with international foundation students. InForm Journal, Issue 18 (December 2018), International Study and Language Centre, University of Reading


‘Messing up your teaching’ - Oblique strategies for EAP: Norwegian Forum for English for Academic Purposes (NFEAP) Conference, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Oslo, Norway (June 2016)

DISCERN: The Discerning Student: High Education Futures institute (HEFi) Conference, University of Birmingham (June 2018) – with Jake Groves

DISCERN: The Discerning Student: InForm Conference, University of Birmingham (June 2018) – with Jake Groves

The Discerning Student: A framework for developing critical thinking skills, Forum on Critical Thinking, IATEFL Conference, Liverpool (April 2019) – with Jake Groves

‘Keep, chuck or change? Adapting Presessional CPD Provision in a Challenging Environment’. BALEAP PIM: The Future of EAP. Goldsmiths College, London (November 2019) – with Jane Sjoberg

‘Streamlining, flexibility and support: A review of presessional observation strategy in the shift to remote teaching’. BALEAP PIM: Leadership and Management in EAP: Issues, Insights and Experiences. University of Durham (June 2021) – with Jane Sjoberg