Dr Duncan Hunter

Lecturer in Education and TESOL and Programme director of MA in TESOL

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Duncan is an applied linguistics and TESOL specialist who teaches and researches in discourse analysis, language teaching methodology and reflective practice.

He previously worked as an EFL teacher in Poland and Japan, then as an ESOL tutor in London. He has also taken part in teacher development projects, including a British Council and locally-funded initiative in China.

Duncan's work has featured in leading journals including Discourse and Society, the ELT Journal and Critical Discourse Studies.

He joined the University of Hull in 2013 and, in 2016, led the redesign of the MA in TESOL for which he is programme director.




Research Interests

  • Lexis and lexical learning
  • Professional and academic discourse
  • Corpus linguistics and corpus studies
  • Reflection and reflective practice
  • Teacher education
  • Teacher change and language teaching methodology


MacDonald M N M and Hunter D, The Discourse of Security, Palgrave (2018)

Hunter D and Gibson G, ‘Embracing assessment: improving Reflective Practice by linking task and assessment design’, British Council Research Publications (in process)

Hunter D and Macdonald M N, ‘Arguments for Exception in US Security Discourse’, Discourse and Society, 28:5 (2017)

Hunter D, 'Activity. Key Concepts in ELT', ELT Journal (2017)

Hunter D and Macdonald M N, ‘The emergence of a security discipline in contemporary US discourse’, Critical Discourse Studies (2016)



Programmes taught on

Modules list

  • Introduction to Language Awareness
  • PG English for TESOL
  • Systems of the English Language
  • Testing and Language Learning
  • Research Methods for Dissertation
  • Technology and Language Learning
  • Dissertation Supervisor

Research PhDs

Dr Hunter is happy to hear from potential students interested in undertaking postgraduate research in any of his areas of research interest.

He is presently especially interested in supervising research relating to teacher education and reflective practice.

Completed PhDs

  • Nickson M, Investigating the relationship between Policy, Teaching and Learning in ESOL classes in Hull (2015)
  • Qin S, Dinnertime Conversations in Rural China: Stable versus Dynamic Realisations of Politeness between Chinese MILs and DILs (2017)


Teaching awards and accolades

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Professional highlights


Academic qualifications

  • PhD, TESOL and Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick
  • MSc Computer Science, University of North London
  • RSA Diploma: Teaching English as a Foreign Language, University of Edinburgh
  • BA in History, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Awards and accolades

  • Lead Researcher, British Council, ELTRA research grant, Discourse of Reflection in ELT learners (2018)
  • Consultant, Indonesian Ministry of Education Distance Learning Development, A short course and consultancy developing expertise of local distance learning professionals (2012)
  • Field Consultant/Trainer, ELT reform project sponsored jointly by the British Council and Chongqing Educational Commission, Chongqing Project (2012)