David Knott

Department: TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
Discipline: Education
Research Centre/Unit: St. Lukes/Part-time

Project Summary

In 2020, I completed my doctorate. My thesis project is an exploratory study of expatriate English teachers working the GCC, investigating their cultural experiences, with special attention paid to their own preparations and the inducation programs they encountered, as well as their own interest and efforts to learn and adapt to the local cultural context. 

Supervisory Team

Dr. Salah Troudi is my primary thesis supervisor. 

Wider Research Interests

My wider research interests include the cultural exchange involved in ESL teaching, small cultures connected to the ESL teaching process, and teacher professionalism and development, particularly as regards new teacher induction.

Authored Publications/Reports

Knott, D. (July 2021) Teacher professionalism in light of biometric controls on teacher mobility and autonomy, The Qualitative Report, 26/7, 2111-2126

Knott, D. (2021) The socialization of new English language teachers in UAE state schools. , In C. Coombe, L. Hiasat, & G. Daleure (Eds.), English language and general studies education in the Gulf: Research perspectives, (Forthcoming)

Knott, D. (September 2019) The inclusion of culture in TESOL lessons: Three case studies on teaching and context. , The International Journal of English Language Teaching., 7(6), 48-62

Knott, D. (October 2017) Switching it up: Investigating ways teachers change their practices to reach their students. , The Journal of Teaching English for Specific and Academic Purposes, 5(4), 629-638

Knott, D. (May 2017) Unprecedented., TOR: The open review for the social sciences: Journal of the South West Doctoral Training Centre, , 3, 38

Knott, D. (22nd August 2020) A critical inquiry into orientation for expatriate faculty in the GCC, Journal of English Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics, 2(3), 47-58

Knott, D. (2021) Teacher knows best? Life lessons in class, Proceedings of the 24th and 25th Annual TESOL Arabia International Conference and Exhibition