Shahan Choudhury



College: College of Social Sciences and International Studies
Discipline: Graduate School of Education
Department: Education
Research Centre/Unit: Centre for Research in Writing

As a young secondary school student, I had an ambition to become a good teacher. I have always had a passion about learning and being involved in education. This has led me to where I am now: currently, I am studying for a PhD in Education (English Language), under the supervision of Professor Debra Myhill, University of Exeter. My research involves both teachers and students, where I am looking at their understanding of grammar, which is an area that is under-researched. Also, I am investigating how students write using various grammatical concepts. 


After obtaining my bachelor’s degree (BSc in Management Studies, Brunel University), I entered the teaching profession in 2003. Initially, I began training in the secondary sector. However, due to my passion for English Language teaching, I moved into primary, where I have over five years’ experience in English primary schools. I have undertaken work as a paid researcher of English in a Bedfordshire secondary school, where I investigated the challenges of reading and writing.


At present, I am working as a part-time lecturer of Academic English and Professional Skills at Anglia Ruskin University, London. Prior to this, I worked on pre-sessional programmes at the University of Southampton and UCL IOE, teaching Academic English. My first university teaching post was at a Saudi university (2010 - 2016). 


My heart is in education, and I aim to help others in the process by developing educational research so it can be used to improve outcomes.