Nicola Halenko

Nicola Halenko

Course Leader for the BA TESOL and Modern Languages Degree Programme

School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies

Fylde Building, FY308

+44 (0) 1772 89 3007

Subject Areas: TESOL, English as a Foreign Language

Nicola Halenko (BA Hons., CELTA, PGCE, NQF Level 4 ESOL, MA TESOL) has been at UCLan since August 2004. Prior to this time, she worked in English language teaching in Japan, Austria, Germany and Australia. Within the School, Nicola has worked on the EFL, TESOL and IBC teams as well as WISER study support. Nicola is currently the Course Leader for the International Foundation Programme.

Nicola is research active within the area of language, linguistics, culture and society and is a member of the Research Unit for Speech and Language.

Full Profile

In addition to her Ph.D work, Nicola's research interests include world English and materials development and, based on these, she has written TESOL modules for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Nicola is also an undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation supervisor. She is a teacher trainer for Trinity College, London and is involved in delivery of the intensive and full-time Trinity CertTESOL.

Ph.D. Interlanguage Pragmatics, Lancaster University, ongoing
MA TESOL, Lancaster University, 2008
PGCE with ESOL subject specialism, University of Huddersfield, 2005
BA (Hons) German, University of Stirling, 1998


Halenko, N. & Jones, C. (2011)Teaching pragmatic awareness of spoken requests to Chinese EAP learners in the UK. Is explicit instruction effective? System 39 (1), 240-250.

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Research Activities

Nicola is a research-active member of the School, primarily focusing on interlanguage pragmatics. She is a reviewer for the journal 'System'.

Research Projects

Nicola has previously won a research grant with Dr Chris Jones to study the effect of explicit instruction of requests with Chinese EAP learners.

External Affiliations and Roles

Nicola has worked as a consultant in China for the British Council, delivering teacher training sessions to primary and secondary school teachers on communicative teaching methods. She also remains involved in the ESOL sector in the UK and is a member of NATECLA.

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Nicola has experience across a number of modules within the School but she is currently involved in the TESOL and International Foundation Programmes. In addition to her course leadership, Nicola continues to work as a TESOL tutor across all undergraduate levels.. She is also part of the Teaching Practice team, observing students at all levels through their undergraduate and postgraduate teaching practicum. In addition she runs the PTTLS qualification route to help qualify students interested in teaching English within the life long learning sector in the UK. Nicola has co-authored the postgraduate Language in Interaction module and continues to deliver this on campus and by e-learning.


Using computer animation to assess and improve spoken communication skills. International conference ICT for language learning. Florence, Italy 15-16 November 2013

Teaching appropriate Spoken Requests in an EAP context. The 6th Inter-Varietal Applied Corpus Studies (IVACS) Conference, Leeds Metropolitan University 21-22 June, 2012.

Conference paper- ‘Teaching the pragmatics of Spoken Requests in an EAP context. The 12th INTERNATIONAL BİLKENT UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE CONFERENCE "EAP within the University CURRICULUM: TRENDS & CHALLENGES " 08-09 JUNE 2012.

Conference paper- ‘Teaching the pragmatics of Spoken Requests in an EAP context. LLAS/SCILT Research in and for Languages: University of Strathclyde 27 April 2012.

Investigating the effect of explicit, implicit and no instruction on L2 learners use of apologies in the study abroad context, presentation held at The British Association of Applied Linguistics Annual Conference, Bristol, 1-3 September 2011 (co-presented with Gila Schauer

Sorry may not be enough: Examining the effects of explicit, implicit and no instruction on L2 learners' interlanguage pragmatic development in the study abroad context, presentation held at the 12th International Pragmatics Conference, Manchester, 3-8 July, 2011. (co-presented with Gila Schauer)