Dr. Gordon Dobson

Dr. Gordon Dobson

Lecturer in TESOL

School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies

Adelphi Building, AB105

+44 (0) 1772 89 4134


Subject Areas: Languages and International Studies

Gordon is involved in both the undergraduate and postgraduate TESOL programmes. He teaches ‘ESOL and World Englishes’ and ‘Current Issues in TESOL’ on the BA, and ‘Second Language Acquisition’ (face-to-face and online) and ‘Research Methods’ on the MA.

Full Profile

Gordon has been in English language teaching since 1988. He began his career teaching English for Specific Purposes (ESP) in East Germany prior to the fall of the Berlin Wall and then in the new federal states, before moving to Budapest in the late 1990s. He has considerable experience as a language teacher, teacher trainer, examiner, consultant, and skills trainer having worked for British Council in Berlin and Budapest, universities in Rostock, Berlin, Frankfurt (Oder), Potsdam and Budapest, as well as with corporate clients across a range of industries. In addition to recent experience in UK Higher Education as a teacher of English for Academic Purposes (EAP), he has also spent time in primary and secondary as a teacher of English as an Additional Language (EAL).

His research interests include Teacher Development, ESP, EAP and Methodology. He has published and given conference presentations and held workshops and lectures in these areas since 1996.

  • PhD Education (Language Pedagogy), Eötvös Loránd University Budapest, 2011
  • MA Linguistics (TESOL), University of Surrey, 1997 
  • BA (Hons.) German, University of Stirling, 1988
  • London Chamber of Commerce & Industry Certificate in Teaching English for Business (Cert.TEB), 1999
  • Institute of Linguists Diploma in Translation (Dip.Trans), 1993
  • RSA/UCLES Diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults (Dip.TEFLA), 1992
Research activities
  • Teacher Development, ESP, EAP and Methodology.
Teaching activities and responsibilities

BA and MA (face-to-face and online) TESOL programmes.



Dobson, G. (2008). Tertiary ESP: The needs of students and teachers. In M. Nikolov & J. Horváth (Eds.), UPRT 2007: Empirical Studies in English applied linguistics (pp. 33-53). Pécs: Lingua Franca Csoport.

Dobson, G. (2007). The textual representation of a political paradigm shift: A critical discourse analysis of two election manifestos. In D. Holló & K. Károly (Eds.), Working Papers in Language Pedagogy, 1 (pp.99-124). Budapest: English and American Studies, Eötvös Loránd University.

Dobson, G. (2006). Teacher development: How to do it? In M. Nikolov & J. Horváth (Eds.), UPRT 2006: Empirical Studies in English applied linguistics (pp. 307-327). Pécs: Lingua Franca Csoport.

Dobson, G. (1996, autumn). From Broiler to fried Chicken in IATEFL Global Issues SIG Newsletter.