The Master's Dissertation Awards promote achievements of students on UK Master's programmes for work with the best potential for impact on ELT. Find out which dissertations won or received special commendations this year.

2022-2023 Awards

All dissertations are available to read in pdf format below.

Winning Dissertation

Mellidy Campbell-Lochrie, University of St Andrews
A socio-political and cultural driven analysis of the representations of protected characteristics in UK-produced ELT textbooks, through the lens of the Equality Act (2010)

Special Commendations

Jack Duncan, Canterbury Christ Church University
Motivation and out-of-class language learning

Phuoc Ha Thien Nguyen, Nottingham Trent University
Investigating the content validity of the IELTS listening test through the use of lexical bundles

Mathilde Smith, University of Strathclyde
Exploring and mitigating foreign language anxiety amongst adult migrants (refugees, asylum seekers and forced migrants) in an ESOL/EFL class in Scotland


Arthur Brown Jr, University of Bath
Exploring Turkish EFL teachers’ lesson planning strategies for building ELF awareness

Kate Armstrong, University of Birmingham
An Investigation into the types and functions of teacher gestures during the opening phase of ESL Lessons

Beatrice Segura Harvey, University of Brighton
Teacher competencies post Covid-19: What constitutes an effective online teacher?

Novemelia Purba, University of Bristol
An exploratory study of students’ second language willingness to communicate (L2 WTC) in a summer programme: Teachers’ and students’ perceptions

Monika Rozmiarek, Coventry University
Elementary ESOL materials for Polish parents of nursery children

Thuy Dieu Nguyen, University of East Anglia
Exploring the perceptions of EFL student teachers on their learning experience during the teaching practicum: A comparative study

Kittipong Phormphithak, University of Glasgow
Foreign language classroom anxiety among Thai postgraduate students in UK universities

Thi Hai Yen Phan, University of Huddersfield
Student satisfaction with English Medium Instruction courses in Vietnam

Duncan Ogilvie, University of Leeds
Variation in the communicative orientation of English for Academic Purposes lessons in synchronous online and face-to-face classrooms

Samira Niazi, University of Liverpool
Teachers' views, challenges, and strategies toward pupils’ bilingualism and translanguaging

Louise Sandiford, Manchester Metropolitan University
Challenging labels within TESOL - Seeing our students differently

Ahmed Othman El Mekkawi, NILE (University of Chichester)
An investigation into the design and piloting of an online self-access course focusing on English language materials evaluation and adaptation for in-service English language teachers at Al-Azhar University in Egypt

Matthew Gunton, University of Nottingham
Going against the grain: An autoethnography of a one-teacher private English language teaching institution in Taiwan

Chiho Takeda, University of Reading
A comparison of Aptis trained raters and Japanese teachers’ holistic scores and judgments of Japanese students’ Aptis writing performance

Felicity Bell, University of Stirling
Interpretative phenomenological analysis of learners’ responses to Emergency Remote Teaching during Covid-19 confinement

Pasha Blanda, University College London
Application of the construct of coherence to diagnostic Ttesting in English Medium Instruction in higher education

Nguyen Thi Hong Ha, University of Warwick
An exploratory study on reflective practice of L2 teacher-learners' experiences in an MA TESOL program

Mitchell Culhane, York St John University
‘In Japanese I can’t be my true self, in English I can be free’: L2 identity construction and English-language learning motivation of the transnational queer communities in 新宿二丁目 (Shinjuku Ni-chōme),Tokyo, Japan

Tuong Thanh Ho, University of York
Cultures representation in the reading and CLIL sections of four Vietnamese ELT textbooks


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