Mr David Boydon

Job: Deputy Director of the Centre for English Language Learning, Head of International Actvities, Principal Lecturer in English Language

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Humanities

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 250 6240




Personal profile

David Boydon has an international profile in the field of English Language teaching, learning and assessment, working as an educational consultant for the British Council in China and as a visiting professor  and consultant at Thai Nguyen University in Vietnam and Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University In Thailand. David is Principal Lecturer in English Language and has been with De Montfort University for 20 years. He contributes to the MA in English Language Teaching  (for which he is module leader for the Teaching of Receptive and Productive Skills) and to modules in English for Academic Purposes. 

His current areas of research include the development of strategies for resisting linguistic imperialism in the English language classroom and the status of non-native English speaking teachers. David is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and a member of the Centre for Intercultural Research in Communication and Learning

Research group affiliations

Centre for Intercultural Research in Communication and Learning. 

Key research outputs

August 1998

Chinese national EFL journal: Adapting Business Textbooks towards a more communicative approach. This Led to a presentation of a Conference paper at the National EFL Teachers’ conference in China in 1993.

March 1999

Delivered presentation on the native v. non-native speaking teacher debate at the IATEFL (International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language) conference.

November 1999

Publication of results of Native v. Non-native speaking teacher research in IATEFL: conference selections, 1999. ISBN 1-901095-80-0

July 2009

Author of  ‘ English Language skills for Higher Education Students’, published by De Montfort University.

Research interests/expertise

  • The status of Non-native English Speaking Teachers
  • Assessment strategies and Issues for International Learners of English
  • Resisting Linguistic Imperialism

Areas of teaching

  • English Language Teaching
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • English for Business Purposes


  • Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning
  • BA Hons in English and Drama

Courses taught

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy
  • Member of International Association of Teachers Of English Language
  • Member of BALEAP (British Association for Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes
  • Member of Association for Educational Assessment (Europe)
  • National Judge for Debating Matters Competition

Conference attendance

  • IATEFL 2001, The status of Non Native speaking teachers


Consultancy work

  • Educational Consultant for The British Council


Current research students

  • Yassen Hmaid (1st)
  • Mohamed Abushafa (2nd)
  • Osman Osman (2nd)
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