Geoff Gibson

Lecturer in TESOL, Team Leader EFL / TESOL

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

+44 (0) 1482 466181

Geoff Gibson began teaching English in Sierra Leone after leaving university in 1978 and spent the next 25 years teaching English to non-native speakers around the world.

He taught a variety of students, from secondary school pupils to undergraduates, before joining the University of Hull in 2001.

Previously, he worked as a lecturer and teacher trainer for the British Council at the University of Debrecen in Hungary where he set up and co-ordinated an award-winning distance learning MA in Applied Linguistics.



Research Interests

  • Language teaching methodology
  • Second language acquisition

Research groups

  • Collaboration with colleagues in Leeds University working in the area of motivation - Dr Martin Wedell and Dr Martin Lamb



(2014) ‘Is Medication Helpful in Treating Selective Mutism’. In Smith, B. A & Slutkin, A 2015 Tackling Selective Mutism: A Guide for Parents and Professionals, London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

(2001) 'The dissertation and its place in Undergraduate Degree Courses', The CETT Experience Studies in Linguistics, pp 48 – 66 (supplement to Hungarian Studies in English), Debrecen University

(1997) 'Reflections on Reflection: A critical look at the Reflective Model in School Based Teacher Training', School Experience 3, Budapest. British Council

(1996) (with S Gooch) Using Songs in the Classroom, Debrecen University Press. Inhouse pub

(1994) (with M Wedell) 'Facing up to Reality', Novelty 1/2, Budapest. British Council

Full list


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list


  • Communication in a Globalised Context
  • Introduction to Second Language Acquisition
  • Language Pedagogy and Power
  • Cert TESOL


  • Language and Language Learning
  • Approaches to Language Teaching

Teaching awards and accolades

  • HEA Fellowship
  • Diploma in Teaching English Overseas (Manchester University)

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BA History (York University)
  • MSc Teaching English (Aston University)

External roles

  • Member of BALEAP

Awards and accolades

  • Shortlisted for Teaching Excellence Award - University of Hull (2016)