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Mr Nathan Thomas
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  • Lecturer in TESOL
  • IOE - Culture, Communication & Media
  • UCL Institute of Education
Prior to moving to London to complete my PhD, I worked for 10 years in China and Thailand. In China, I worked as Director of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) for a private educational consulting company. In Thailand, where I began my teaching career, I started as an EFL teacher for young learners, before progressing to the secondary and tertiary levels. During this decade of practical experience, I completed teaching certifications, a BA English, MA Applied Linguistics (ELT), MEd International Teaching, and MSc Teaching English Language in University Settings, all while working full time. 

I have presented at over 50 conferences in 14 countries, published in and served as a manuscript reviewer for a number of top-tier journals, and have reviewed book proposals and monographs for Palgrave Macmillan and Springer. I have also served as a Research Professional Council member for the TESOL International Association (2018-2021) and a newsletter editor and Graduate Student Council Steering Committee member for the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) (2018-2022). 

Research Summary
I consider my practical experience crucial for guiding my scholarly work. Thus, I am mainly interested in topics that directly relate to my professional background, such as strategies for language learning and use, sources of learning regulation (e.g., self-regulation, co-regulation, socially shared regulation, etc.), and, more generally, social/psychological factors affecting learning. Recently, I have become keenly interested in theory building and innovative qualitative methods. I have published on these and other topics in journals such as Applied Linguistics, Applied Linguistics Review, Computers and Composition, ELT Journal, Journal of Second Language Writing, Language Teaching, Linguistics and EducationReading in a Foreign LanguageStudies in Self-Access Learning, System, TESOL Journal, and TESOL Quarterly
Teaching Summary

Currently, I teach on the MA TESOL (Pre-Service) course at UCL and the MSc Applied Linguistics for Language Teaching (ALLT) course at the University of Oxford. 

Academic Background
2019   Teaching English language in university settings University of Oxford
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