Chris Aldred

Principal Lecturer in TESOL

School of Languages and Global Studies

Fylde Building, FY441

+44 (0) 1772 89 3149

Subject Areas: English as a Foreign Language, English Language and Linguistics

Chris has worked at UCLan since September 1997, during which time she has taught on and helped to develop several programmes in the School. Her most exciting project was setting up and leading the School's franchised programmes in China, giving students in our partner universities the opportunity to gain a British University degree. Chris currently leads the School English Language programmes for international students and training courses for teachers of English.

Full Profile

Chris has worked as an English Language teacher and teacher trainer for over 30 years. Her first post was with VSO in Sri Lanka for 2 years 1979-1981 and involved ESP teaching and materials development. Since that time Chris has taught for longer and shorter periods in Brazil, Thailand, China, Spain, Germany, Bahrain, Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong and Poland, as well as UK where she has worked with students and teachers from many parts of the world.

Since coming to work at UCLan, Chris has been involved in the development of the School's international partnerships and courses for international students on and off campus. She spent a three year secondment in a key partner in China setting up the School's franchised programmes and training local colleagues to deliver the programmes. In 2013-4, we have about 800 students studying on franchised programmes in China and Hong Kong.

Chris is Academic Team Lead for the TESOL and ELT Team and she is a member of the School's Senior Executive Team. She also leads the School's English Language programmes for international students, including the summer school and pre-sessional programme and runs training programmes for teachers of English.


M.A. TESOL (Teacher Training), London University Institute of Education, 1988

PGCE & Dip TEO, Manchester University, 1982

BA (Hons) Language, York University, 1979


Extracts from 'Opening the 'can': what about the worms?' in K. Head & P. Taylor (1997) Readings in Teacher Development, London: Heinemann

'Looking into the Middle Distance' in N. Hedge (ed) (1996) Going the Distance: Teaching, Learning and Researching in Distance Education, University of Sheffield, Division of Education Papers in Education also published in: Distance Learning in Language Teacher Education, (1996) CELSE, University of Manchester

'I know what you're saying, but what do you mean? Culture and Language Teaching' in S. Gill et al (eds) (1995) INTELEC '94: Conference Papers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Review of 'How Languages are Learned' in Modern English Teacher (1995) Vol.4 No.3

Review of 'Women Today' in Modern English Teacher (1995) Vol.4 No.1

'Pleasing all the people? : A paradox in Distance Education' in IATEFL Teacher Trainer (1994) Vol 12

Research Interests

Research interests include: intercultural communication, comparative aspects of language teaching methodology, using discourse analysis tools in language teaching.

Teaching Activities and responsibilities

Chris teaches on the MATESOL, both face-to-face and e-learning versions and on the undergraduate programme BA (Hons) English for International Corporate Communication.