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Durham University

School of Education

Staff Profile

Dr Taha Rajab

Research Assistant in the School of Education

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Dr Taha Rajab is a Research Associate in the School of Education. He joined the School in 2016. Prior to his appointment at the School of Education, Taha worked as a Research Fellow in the Institute for Effective Education (IEE) at the University of York. At the IEE, Taha was involved in an EEF-funded project which looked at improving the quality of classroom talk as a means of increasing pupils' engagement, learning, and attainment.

His research interests include dialogic teaching, research methods, teacher professional development, EFL, and classroom learning in developing countries. Taha taught semantics, applied linguistics and Arabic at Manchester Metropolitan University. At the same time, he was also a research associate with the IEE and got involved in projects for the UNRWA and Worldwide University Network (WUN). His PhD at York looked at classroom interaction through the lens of dialogic teaching.

He holds MA in Sociolinguistics from the University of Leeds. He also taught modules on language acquisition, learning through talk, semantics and teaching methodology at higher education level.

Research Interests

  • Classroom Discourse Analysis
  • Teacher Education
  • Teacher Professional Development
  • EFL
  • Transforming pedagogy

Research Groups

Research Projects


Journal Article

Authored book

  • Rajab, T. (2013). Classroom Interaction of EFL Secondary School Teachers. Saarbrücken: Lambert.

Conference Paper

  • Reimann, N., Rajab,T., Dragas, T., Murray, M., Rattray, J. & IntRef participants from Durham (2019), Enhancing Teaching through Intercultural Reflection on Teaching: the IntRef Project, Durham University Annual Learning and Teaching Conference, 9 September 2019. Durham, England.
  • Reimann, N., Rajab, Taha. & Dragas, T. (2019), Intercultural Reflection on Teaching CultNET, Durham, 20-23 April 2019, CultNET. Durham, England.
  • Rajab, T. (2019), Transforming the Pedagogical Practices of Ethiopian Physics Teachers from Didactic to Dialogic Teaching, Conference European Science Education Research Association ESERA. Bologne, Italy.
  • Rajab, T. (2016), ‘Syrian Crisis: Educational perspective’, International Journal of Arts & Sciences’ (IJAS) international academic conference. the Sirius Munich, Germany.
  • Rajab, T. (2012), Syria secondary school EFL teachers’ instructional practices and the interactional patterns, in Archibald, Alasdair N. eds, Multilingual Theory and Practice in Applied Linguistics. The British Association of Applied Linguistics (BAAL), BAAL 2012. Southampton, British Association for Applied Linguistics, 199-204.
  • Rajab, Taha (2009), “Training Needs Analysis of Syrian EFL Secondary School Teachers”, ARRC Conference 2009. York, UK.

Doctoral Thesis

  • Rajab, T. (2013). Developing Whole-class Interactive Teaching: Meeting the Training Needs of Syrian EFL Secondary School Teachers. PhD.



  • Rajab, T. & Hardman, F. (2014). Syria Secondary School EFL Teachers’ Instructional Practices and the Interactional Patterns.