Andrew Cornforth

Lecturer/ Academic Support Tutor

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

01482 465862

Andrew Cornforth started teaching English at schools in Hong Kong in 1993 after graduating in Social Sciences from Nottingham Trent University and then undertaking postgraduate teaching qualifications in Education and English Language teaching .

For the next 14 years, he followed a career teaching English language in schools, colleges and universities around the world, with posts in South-East Asia, China and the Middle East, as well as in the UK.

Before joining the University of Hull in 2007, Andrew was lecturing and teacher training on English language programmes in the Academic and Technical Studies Institute of the Royal Saudi Air Force, Saudi Arabia.


Research Interests

  • English language studies

  • Applied linguistics

  • TESOL teacher training

  • EFL language teaching and learning

  • English for academic and specific purposes

  • Intercultural communication and interaction

Research groups

  • Trinity Cert Tesol HE providers network

  • Member of British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes (BALEAP)


Gibson G and Cornforth A, 'Language Awareness in Business Studies', University of Hull Annual Learning and Teaching Conference (2010)

Gibson G and Cornforth A, 'Bridging the Gap - Teaching Intercultural communication through live experience', Intercultural Resources for Erasmus students and their teachers (IEREST) conference, University of Bologna, Italy (2014)


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list


  • English Language in its Global Context

  • Trinity Certificate in Tesol 1

  • Trinity Certificate in Tesol 2


  • Teaching English for Specific Purposes

  • Postgraduate English for Academic Purposes

Teaching awards and accolades

  • HEA Fellowship (FHEA)

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • MA Education and Applied Linguistics (Open University)

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language TEFL (Open University)

External roles

External Examiner on a large intercultural communication and language undergraduate programme at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN)

University lead on international university collaborative group for development and review of 'Epigeum English Language Resource development' for online language learning materials package for international students. Project successfully completed and now operational

Professional highlights

Working very closely with the University Academic Partnership Office and local partner institutions, in establishing the expanding overseas international English language pre-sessional programmes in China has been a particular personal highlight and achievement in recent years.

Another notable achievement through these ventures has been to forge further professional links in China so as to organise and enable TESOL student teaching placements for university Education and Languages students.