Karen Smith

Karen Smith

Lecturer in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies

Adelphi Building, AB152

+44 (0) 1772 89 3146


Subject Areas: Education, English and Linguistics, Languages and International Studies

Karen teaches on the BA TESOL programme in the School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies.  She is Module Leader for Project Planning & Research Methods in Language Teaching.

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Karen joined UCLan in 2008 having previously taught English as a foreign language and delivered teacher training in Portugal, New Zealand and UK summer schools, also ESOL and literacy in the further education sector.  At UCLan she has extensive experience of developing students’ skills in academic writing, critical thinking and research methods, as well as preparing them to become English language teachers of the future. 

  • DELTA, International Teaching & Training Centre, Bournemouth, 2006
  • Maîtrise Français Langue Etrangère, Université Lumière Lyon 2, 1996
  • P.G.C.E. Modern Languages, Lancaster University, 1996
  • B.A. (Hons.) European Languages, University of Wales Aberystwyth, 1995



Smith, K. (2016). How spiky can a spiky profile be? In T. Pattison (Ed.) IATEFL 2015 Manchester Conference Selections (pp.190-192). Faversham, Kent: IATEFL

Jones, C., Lees, M., Donohue, N., & Smith, K. (2015). Teaching spoken English at junior high school: A comparison of TPR & PPP. The Language Teacher, 39 (1), 3-9.


Karen is primarily interested in teaching practices, improving learning and teaching, as well as developing students’ critical thinking and expression skills, with a particular focus on the development of skilled written communication.


Karen teaches TESOL core modules, is Module Leader for Research Methods, supervises dissertation projects and is a teacher observer for teaching practicum.  She also mentors colleagues seeking professional recognition with Advance HE (HEA) through the Centre for Excellence in Learning & Teaching.


She is currently investigating uneven competency in the four skills of language through a study of English for Academic Purposes students in the UK Higher Education context.  This is with a view to defining what is meant by a ‘spiky profile’ and then developing targeted instruction to combat this.


  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


  • BALEAP Bristol, April 2017: “Uneven language proficiency”
  • Virtual Academic Library of the North West (VALNOW), May 2015: “WISER: walk-in study enhancement & review”
  • IATEFL Manchester April 2015: “How spiky can a spiky profile be?”