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James Cooper

James Cooper

Senior Lecturer

School of Arts & Humanities

Staff Group(s)
Nottingham Institute of Languages and Intercultural Communication


James Cooper is a Senior Lecturer specialising in second language pedagogy. He leads the post-graduate modules on Teacher Education and Exploring Language Learning and Teaching, for the Masters courses in English Language Teaching (MA ELT) and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA TESOL), respectively, as well as various undergraduate modules on related courses. He is also lead trainer for the externally validated Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) course.

His principal interests include language teaching methodology, teacher development and second language phonology learning.

Career overview

I've had a varied career, working in sales, farming, as a photographer, waiter, shoe-boxer, translator, theatre writer/actor/director, street performer and events organiser, jobs which have taken me across the globe, before stumbling into language teaching in the mid '90s. As a teacher, teacher trainer and curriculum manager I have plied my trade in Europe, Asia and the Americas and worked at primary, secondary and further education level before moving into the HE sector about ten years ago.

External activity

Chief External Examiner for Languages, University of Lincoln International Business Programme.