Dr Els Van Geyte SFHEA

Dr Els Van Geyte

Principal Educational Developer (PGTA Programmes Lead)

Contact details

Higher Education Futures Institute (HEFi)
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

I am a teacher, teacher developer and author. As a member of the Educational Development team, I am responsible for the Introduction to Learning and Teaching Programme for postgraduates who teach and the Introduction to Academic Practice course for Doctoral Researchers. I am also a facilitator and cohort lead on the PGCHE. My background is in Applied Linguistics and I started at the University in 1999, teaching English for Academic Purposes and coordinating courses and activities. My publications include language and skills resources such as self-study books, teacher guides, blended classroom courses and apps (see below). I am a Senior Fellow of the HEA and have an interest in inclusive ways of teaching and in teaching international students.  


  • PhD in Applied Linguistics (University of Birmingham, December 2018)
  • Masters in Linguistics & Literature: English & Dutch (KUL, Louvain, Belgium)
  • BA in Germanic Philology [Linguistics & Literature: English & Dutch] (KUL, Louvain, Belgium)
  • Masters in Modern European Studies (London Metropolitan)
  • Postgraduate Teaching Qualification (KUL, Louvain), leading to QTS
  • Cambridge Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Certificate in Teaching English for Business (London Chamber of Commerce and Industry)


My work has centred mostly around pedagogy and languages: teaching, teacher development, continuous professional development, examining, devising exams (Institute of Linguists), writing language courses, editing and translating.

I have taught on the following programmes at the University of Birmingham: Foundation Pathways, Presessional and Insessional English courses (all at the Birmingham International Academy), Introduction to Academic Practice, Introduction to Learning and Teaching for PGTAs (at HEFi), PGCHE.

Other activities

Professional Recognition

  • 2014 Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)


  • 2013 A British Council ELTon for 'Innovation in Learner Resources' for the Collins Academic Skills Series, which I initiated and which includes my book: ‘Learning to write better academic essays'

Conference presentations

  • 2022 UKCGE conference Birmingham: How can we future-proof our centralised teacher development courses for PGTAs?
  • 2019 IATEFL Liverpool: Teaching IELTS and the four skills; from separation to integration
  • 2019 HEFi conference Birmingham: Finding the Expert Within: Teaching in More Inclusive Ways (co-presented)
  • 2017 University Graduate School (Writing Summer School): Avoiding accidental plagiarism
  • 2016 BAAL, Cambridge: Argumentation: timeless, fundamental and … forgotten?
  • 2016 TESOL Arabia, Dubai: Bringing the flipped learning approach to IELTS
  • 2016 IATEFL: Balancing exam and language skills through flipped learning
  • 2014 Keynote Speech at Beijing International English Teaching Book Fair organised by the Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press, China
  • 2014 ISSA (International Society for the Study of Argumentation) [Amsterdam] Argumentation in Higher Education: Guiding students to academic achievement
  • 2014 IATEFL, English UK North: Post-IELTS writing: Helping students to understand and meet academic expectations
  • 2013 University Graduate School (Writing Summer School): Structuring the thesis - what story does your research tell?
  • 2012 EALTA, Innsbruck: Developing a ‘quick and effective’ tool for identifying deficit in academic writing skills for university students. (co-presented)
  • 2011 Centre for Advanced Research in English and Centre for Corpus Research joint symposium: Can we teach students how to argue? Examples from 'The Birmingham Briefs', A Corpus of Semi-Academic Professional Writing
  • 2011 Teaching and Learning Conference: What do our students really want to know about the use of English? Insights from a pilot Q&A e-mail service for international students
  • 2010 BALEAP PIM, Newcastle: Non-compulsory 'open access' classes: motivation and retention
  • 2010 Writing development in Higher Education, London: Research into Practice: A Model for Sustainable Writing Development (co-presented with Suganthi John)

Journal contributions

  • I am a peer reviewer for the Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education
  • I was a reviewer for the peer reviewed English Language Research Journal.
  • I was an editor for the Birmingham Journal for Europe.



  • 2017 Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language Revision Guide, Letts
  • 2014 Get Ready for IELTS Speaking, Teacher’s Guide, Collins
  • 2014 International Students’ Survival Guide, e-book, Collins (co-author) http://www.pages01.net/harpercollinspublishersltd/InternationalStudentsSurvivalGuide
  • 2013 Writing: Learning to write better academic essays, Collins EAP
  • 2012 Get Ready for IELTS Reading , Collins
  • 2011 Reading for IELTS, Collins

Classroom courses

  • 2016 Get Ready for IELTS: Teacher's Guide (Collins English for IELTS), co-author
  • 2016 Get Ready for IELTS: Student's Book (Collins English for IELTS), co-author
  • 2016 Get Ready for IELTS: Workbook (Collins English for IELTS), co-author ‘books’ subheading

Audio Language Courses

  • 2015 Perfect Dutch/Total Dutch: Revised version with CD-rom(co-author), Hodder and Stoughton
  • 2009 Advanced (“Perfect”) Dutch course (co-author), Hodder and Stoughton, Michel Thomas Method
  • 2008 Introductory and Foundation (“Start” and “Total”) Dutch courses, as above

Journal articles

  • Van Geyte, E. and Hadjianastasis, M., 2021. Quality and qualifications: the value of centralised teaching courses for postgraduates who teach, International Journal for Academic Development, Link to journal
  • Van Geyte, E. and Büttner, A., 2019. What would the subject specialist say? A comparison of perceptions of L2 writing. In BALEAP Biannual Conference (pp. 147-156). Garnet Education.

 Online Guides

Elsevier Publishing Campus’ Resources for Skills Training: Preparing to Write for an Interdisciplinary Audience (download here)


  • 2012 Michel Thomas: Dutch app (based on above courses), Hachette UK