Saima Nomaan



College: College of Social Sciences and International Studies
Discipline: Education
Department: Graduate School of Education (Ed.D TESOL)
Research Centre/Unit: CRPL-Centre for Research and Professional Learning

My educational background includes an MA degree in English Language & Literature from Fatima Jinnah Women's University, Rawalpindi, Pakistan, and another MA degree in TESOL Studies from Aston University, Birmingham, UK. I also have two postgraduate diplomas (PGD Applied Linguistics-TEFL and PGD College Management) along with the UK TEFL Certification. I am also a Fellow of The Higher Education Academy, UK (FHEA) and have the Harvard's Higher Education Teaching Certification. Currently I am engaged in my Ed.D. in Education in TESOL from the University of Exeter, UK and working as a Teaching Fellow (English for Academic Purposes) in University of Birmingham Dubai (UoBD) in the UAE.

My literary research for the MA in Language & Literature consisted of the discussion of John Steinbeck as a proletarian writer and an analysis of the allusions and imagery in his four major novels. Then, a shift in my research interests occurred when I studied linguistics further and did my PGD in TEFL and, later, MA in TESOL Studies. Therefore, my subsequent research was more linguistic, and I discussed language pedagogy in Pakistan and evaluated the secondary level ELT textbooks for oral communication skills materials in Pakistan. 

As an ESL/TESOL practitioner for more than 16 years and as a Microsoft Faculty Fellow, I love to impart my knowledge and skills vis-a-vis instructional technology and cascade it to other faculty. My primary interests include educational research, the practical application of technological tools to facilitate active learning, the development of interactive curricula and training teachers. My research interests include critical issues in ELT, teacher professional development, workplace/educational policies, professional identity and issues involving race, gender, and ethnicity concerning the power and imperialism of the English language around the world.