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Sarah Khan

Sarah Khan

Senior Lecturer

School of Arts & Humanities

Staff Group(s)


Sarah Khan is a Senior Lecturer in EFL (English as a Foreign Language) and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and has been working at NTU since 2014. She has an EdD in TESOL, and MA in Applied Linguistics. Sarah teaches on the MA TESOL and MA ELT courses and is the module leader for MALT (Materials and Assessment in Language Teaching).

Sarah also teaches and coordinates the longer Pre-sessional EAP (English for Academic Purposes) courses at NTU. Sarah has taught EFL and Teacher Education courses in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Oman, and enjoys travelling and learning about different cultures. Her research interests include EFL students’ and teachers’ motivation, technology enhanced language learning, and materials development.

Career overview

Dr Khan has coordinated and taught postgraduate and foundation programme courses in the Middle East and Pakistan. She established the English language support programme at The Aga Khan University’s Institute for Educational Development in Karachi, Pakistan. She also taught modules in teaching English at the secondary level and school improvement in the M.Ed. (Teacher Education) programme.

In 2002, Dr Khan joined Effat University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia where she taught and managed the Foundation Programme. She left her position of Director of the Foundation Programme at Effat University in 2009 and joined Sultan Qaboos University in Muscat, Oman where she played an active role in the quality assurance of the department while teaching EAP (English for Academic Purposes).

In 2012, Dr Khan moved to the UK where she designed and offered teacher development courses on a consultancy basis at the University of Nottingham. She also taught EAP as a sessional lecturer for NTU before joining the Language Centre as a Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in January 2015.

Dr Khan has an EdD in TESOL and MA in Applied Linguistics.

Research areas

Dr Khan's research interests include quality assurance of language programmes, student and teacher motivation in TESOL, ELT methodology and course design, and teacher development.

Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil / PhD exist in the School of Arts and Humanities and further information may be obtained from the NTU Graduate School.


  • Implementing quality standards in English Foundation Programme. Khan S and Sancheti P in (Eds) S S Al-Busaidi and V Tuzlukova, General Foundation Programmes in Higher Education in the Sultanate of Oman, 2013, Muscat, Mazoon Press
  • Imperialism of international tests: an EIL perspective. Khan SZ, in (Ed) F Sharifian, English as an International Language: Perspectives and Pedagogical issues, 2009, Clevedon, Multilingual Matters
  • Computer-mediated communication for language learning. Khan S, in (Ed) S Mansoor, Emerging Issues in TEFL: Challenges for Asia, 2009,  Karachi, Oxford University Press
  • Computer-Assisted Communicative Language Learning (CAcLL). Khan S, in (Eds) P Davidson, M Al-Hamly, MA Khan, J Aydelott, K Bird and C Coombe, Proceedings of the 9th TESOL Arabia 2003 Conference: English Language Teaching in the IT Age, Volume 8, Dubai, TESOL Arabia