School of Languages and Area Studies


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Dr Mark Wyatt

  • Qualifications: Licentiate Diploma in TESOL (LTCL) (Trinity College London), MA in TESOL (University of Edinburgh), PhD in Education (University of Leeds)
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics
  • Address: Park Building, King Henry 1 Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DZ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 6095
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  • Department: School of Languages and Area Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


I have worked in English language teaching and teacher education for over 20 years, mostly overseas, in South-East Asia, South Asia and the Middle-East. My PhD research focused on my work with English language teachers in the Sultanate of Oman.

I am particularly interested in how teachers’ knowledge, attitudes and beliefs develop, influenced by language teacher education, and in how these changes in their cognitions influence and are influenced by their classroom practices. My own research has involved the use of qualitative case study methodology.

I am currently first supervisor of five PhD students working in a range of Asian and Middle-Eastern educational contexts.

Research Interests

Research Clusters

Language Across Borders

I co-convene a Language Education Research Group (with Peter Watkins).

Discipline Areas

English language and linguistics, and language teacher education

There are several strands to my research activities. These include:

  • Qualitative research into teachers’ self-efficacy beliefs
  • Language teacher cognition, particularly with regard to communicative language teaching, materials design, developing reading skills and using group work
  • Motivation
  • Reflective practice and mentoring
  • Action research for language teachers
  • The impact of language teacher education, in terms of empowerment and the role of context
  • Case studies of educational change


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  • (With Dr Natalya Vince and partners at the British Council in Algiers) secured an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award, which will enable a fully funded student to spend three years studying the social worlds of English in Algeria.


In April 2014, I participated in a forum on ‘Supporting Teacher-Research: Challenges and Opportunities’, as part of IATEFL Research SIG Day at the annual IATEFL conference, which was held in Harrogate. My talk, entitled ‘Helping teachers become action researchers through (despite?) teacher education’, was video-recorded and is available at:  

In July 2012, I spoke at a symposium on empowering learners, which was organized by the School of Education and Continuing Studies, University of Portsmouth. The paper was entitled: “Are they becoming more reflective and/or efficacious?” How do teachers’ self-efficacy beliefs grow? 

In April 2012, I presented on the topic of supporting Omani teachers to research their own practices at the Oman International ELT conference at Sultan Qaboos University: ‘Quality in ELT: Raising pedagogical standards’.

In February 2012, I gave a talk on supporting language teachers’ engagement in action research at the Nepal English Language Teachers Association 17th international conference in Kathmandu.

In September 2010, (with John Naysmith and Susan Gibbs) I presented a paper on school visits during pre-service teacher education at the University of Portsmouth conference: Transnational dialogues in Higher Education: Responding to the needs of the Asian learner.

In June 2010, I presented a paper on developing teachers’ self-efficacy beliefs through teacher education at the World Council of Comparative Education Societies’ 14th conference in Istanbul.

In January/February 2010, I visited IPDA, the university’s partner institution in Malaysia. During my stay, I visited primary and secondary schools and ran workshops on various topics: mentoring, observing lessons and giving feedback, styles of supervision and teaching pronunciation.

Achievement and Recognition

In recent years, I have carried out peer-reviews for the following journals:

  • American Educational Research Journal
  • Asia Pacific Journal of Education
  • Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal
  • Curriculum Journal
  • International Journal of Educational Development
  • International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education
  • International Review of Education
  • Language Awareness
  • Language, Culture and Curriculum
  • Language Teaching Research
  • Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research
  • System

I am on the editorial board of the Argentinian Journal of Applied Linguistics

I am a committee member of the IATEFL Research SIG.