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Ms Mercedes Webb

PositionHead of The Language Centre
LocationB0.09 Chesham Building
DepartmentThe Language Centre
Telephone+44 (0) 1274 233826

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

I teach across the curriculum when necessary and I offer language development support for university staff on request.

Administrative Responsibilities

I have strategic oversight of The Language Centre and manage the development of its services. I provide advice and guidance to university stakeholders and partner institutions on language assessment and pedagogy and the development of English for Academic Purposes programmes and services.

Study History

1988 BA (Hons) Business Studies, Staffordshire.

1991 RSA Certificate TEFLA, St. Giles College, London.

1996 RSA Diploma TEFLA, British Council, Ecuador.

1999 MA ELT and Applied Linguistics, London.

2016 Senior Fellow HEA.

Professional History


I have been an English language specialist since 1991 and I lived and worked abroad for several years teaching English in (Preveza) Greece, (Wroclaw) Poland and (Guayaquil) Ecuador.


I returned to the UK in 1998 and worked in universities and further education colleges in London as a teacher trainer, ESOL lecturer and English for Academic Purposes specialist. During this time I developed TESOL teacher training courses for Kingston College and delivered the Trinity College Certificate and Diploma courses in TESOL on their behalf.


I worked for several years with settled immigrant communities, migrant workers, refugees and asylum seekers in further education colleges in London and Yorkshire. Before I joined the University of Bradford in 2003 I was co-ordinating ESOL exams for a large college in Leeds and was leading on the development of higher level ESOL courses to better enable participants to access higher education.



I joined the University of Bradford as an English for Academic Purposes Lecturer for the Department of Languages and European Studies and for The Language Unit. I taught UG and PG modules in English language and linguistics as well as pre-sessional and in-sessional courses and I was the Course Leader of the MA TESOL and Applied Linguistics between 2008 and 2013.


I have developed and delivered UG modules on:


English for Intercultural Communication

Discourse Analysis

Professional Language Skills

English for Specific Purposes

Culture, Media and ELT

Academic Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing.

Teaching English as a Foreign language


Advanced English


I have developed and delivered PG modules on:


Sociolinguistic Perspectives of ELT

The Theory of TESOL practice

Research Skills in Applied Linguistics


After transferring to The Language Centre in 2008, I worked extensively on insessional and presessional programmes before becoming Head of the Language Centre in 2012. Since 2012 I have extended the insessional support programme, integrated TEL into the provision and developed a new 40 week suite of presessional courses.             

Research Areas

Sociolinguistics particularly language and gender, culture and identity.

Discourse analysis.

Teacher education in TESOL.

Current Projects

Development of an institution-wide International Foundation Year in collaboration with colleagues across the university.

 Expansion of in-sessional support with tailored support for PGT and PGR, and embedding blended support within departments.

 Expansion of opportunities for TEL and a blended approach to course delivery.

 Development of in-house assessment expertise and supporting recruitment through the development of admissions tests.

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