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Durham University

DCAD: English Language Support

Current Staff Information

Dr Teti Dragas, MA Manchester, PhD, Durham; RSA DELTA/ CELTA

Associate Professor (Teaching) in the Durham Centre for Academic Development (DCAD)

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Personal Profile

I am an Associate Professor (Teaching) in English Language Teaching and Teacher Education in Durham Centre for Academic Development (DCAD). I work across two key fields: English language teacher education and academic development.

In my work within Academic Development, I teach on the PGCLTHE (new PGCAP) and I am currently lead of the Professional Recognition Pathway and which supports colleagues to achieve HEA Fellowship (Fellow, Senior Fellow) through the experiential route. I am also part of a team that is working on a 400K European ERASMUS + funding project ‘Intercultural Reflection on Teaching’ which aims to support academic development across HE in Europe, working with colleagues in the University of Frankfurt, Germany and the University of Padua, Italy.

I have extensive experience in English language teaching and teacher education, having worked in the field for twenty years, teaching and managing programmes within General English, EAP and teacher education. From 2011-18, I was Director of the MA TESOL Programmes during which time I worked to build and develop the two programmes (MA TESOL and MA Applied Linguistics for TESOL) leading a successful programme curriculum development and supporting the development of a large majority of modules across the curriculum. I convene modules that aim to train new practitioners and develop experienced practitioners through an exploration of both theoretical and practical issues pertinent to the language classroom. I also convene a module in teacher education (Second Language Teacher Education in Practice) which explores how we might go about the education of language teachers, identifying approaches to training and development that serve to aid teacher trainers and educators in their practice.

I feel lucky to have had a diverse teaching career which began in the language classroom, but also moved 'outside of it'; whilst 'language teaching' I also studied and taught literature and creative writing concurrently for many years and this allowed me to 'experience' and teach in other types of classroom teaching and contexts. Being bilingual, also led me to teach Modern Greek for a number of years which provided me with yet another lens from which to view the teaching of language. The diversity and variety of these roles have led me to experience a wide range of classrooms and contexts, both here and abroad, teaching and training students from over 25 different countries and across continents, from different social, cultural and academic backgrounds, ages and across levels. I may have worn different ‘hats’ but it is precisely this diversity and experience in the classroom that has helped me to cultivate a reflective and creative approach to teaching, and a heightened understanding of and sensitivity to students’ needs and a passion for teaching and learning and for listening to people's stories.

My research interests come out of my teaching and experience in the field of language education, culture and narrative. Recent work has focused on approaches to in-service teacher development, exploring the use of video and reflective practice. I am also developing research on 'culture' and its relation to the language classroom and specifically to the training and development of 'international/global' teachers of English. 

I am currently supervising PhD students in collaboration with colleagues from the School of Education in the field of intercultural communication and teacher education.

Conference Presentations

Dragas, T. ‘Sharing practices on student engagement: reflections from a language teacher educator’ UK Lingua, Durham University, 21-22 April 2018.
Dragas, T. ‘Professional Development for Teacher Trainers: a neglected area?’ IATEFL, Brighton, 10-13 April, 2018.
Reimann, N., J Thompson, J. Rattary, M. Murray & T. Dragas, ‘Intercultural reflection on teaching and collaborative problem-solving’ Durham University Annual Learning and Teaching Conference.’ 14 September, 2017.

Dragas, T. & Buck, T. ‘The Use of Narrative in Higher Education Teaching.’ Durham University Annual Learning and Teaching Conference.’ 14 September, 2017.

Reimann, N., J Thompson, J. Rattary, M. Murray & T. Dragas, ‘Intercultural reflection on teaching and collaborative problem-solving’ Durham University Annual Learning and Teaching Conference.’ 14 September, 2017.

Dragas, T. & Holliday A. ‘Complex interculturalities in a pedagogic research event: exploring and dis/uncovering ‘hidden’ cultures and liminal spaces of, between, surrounding and beyond the classroom’ 17th International Conference of the International Association of Language and Intercultural Communication (IALIC), Edinburgh Napier, 19-20 June, 2017.

Dragas, T. ‘We are not who we think we are’. Complex interculturalities in a pedagogic research event: uncovering ‘hidden’ cultures and/or questioning research processes. CULTNET Annual Conference, Durham University, 20-22 April 2017.

Dragas, T. ‘Teacher Development through Bespoke Video Training Materials: Challenges and Successes’ IATEFL Conference, Glasgow: 4-7 April, 2017.

Dragas, T. ‘International Postgraduate Dissertation Pedagogy: Aiding Transition into Academic Practice(s)’ 3 Rivers Conference: Transitions, Territories, Transformations, Teeside University, 17 March 2017.

Dragas, T. & Kendall, L. ‘Using Video, Video Editing Tools and Online Learning Forums to Develop Reflective Practitioners’. Durham University Inaugural Learning and Teaching Conference: 13 September 2016.

Dragas, T. ‘Exploring In-House Video Training Materials for ‘Reflective’ Teacher Development’ IATEFL Conference, Birmingham: 13-16 April 2016.

Dragas, T., Tan, E. & Kendall, A. ‘Remix for Reflection: Using Video Editing for Reflective Teaching’ Blackboard Conference, University of Gronigen, The Netherlands: 6-9 April 2016.

Dragas, T. & Tan, E. ‘The use of video in Reflective Teaching’ 3 Rivers Conference: Innovation in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. Northumbria University, 18 March 2016.

Dragas, T. ‘Training International Teachers on a Masters Programme: A Reflective Teaching Approach, IATEFL Conference, Manchester: 11-14 April 2015.

Dragas, T. ‘Exploring Culture and Cultures of Learning in Teacher Education’. IATEFL Conference, Harrogate: 2-5 April 2014.

Dragas T. & Murphy, B. ‘Exploring the Discourse of L2 Reflective Practitioners: A Chinese Language Teacher Education Context’ BAAL Conference, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh: September 2013.

Teaching Commitments

 MA TESOL and MA Applied Lingusitics for TESOL and convener of following modules:

Language Teaching Methodology LANG42815

Language Teaching Methods and Practice LANG40130

ELT Materials Development and Evaluation LANG 41515

Advanced Teaching Practice: The Reflective Practitioner LANG42015

Second Language Teacher Education in Practice LANG42615

Research Projects

School of Education

  • IntRef Project: Intercultural Reflection on Teaching

Research Interests

  • Culture and Intercultural Communication
  • Language Teaching Methodology
  • Materials Development
  • Narrative and Storytelling
  • Second Language Teacher Education


Conference Paper

  • Dragas, T. (2017), Teacher Development through Bespoke Video Training Materials: Challenges and Successes, in Pattison, T. eds, IATEFL 2017 Brighton Conference Selections. Brighton, 232-4.
  • Dragas, T (2016), Exploring In-house Video Training Materials for Reflective Teacher Development, in Pattison, Tania eds, IATEFL 2016 Birmingham Conference Selections. Birmingham, UK, 232-3.
  • Dragas, T. & Kendall, L.A. (2015), Training International Teachers on a Masters Programme: A Reflective teaching Approach, in Pattison, T. eds, IATEFL: 49th International Conference, Manchester, 11-14 April 2015. Manchester, IATEFL, 20-22.
  • Dragas, T. (2014), Exploring Culture and Cultures of Learning in Teacher Education, in Pattison, T. eds, IATEFL 48th International Conference, Harrogate 2-5 April 2014. Harrogate, IATEFL, 54-55.