Chris McGuirk

Lecturer in ESOL/EFL and EFL Electives Coordinator

School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies

Adelphi Building, AB152

+44 (0) 1772 89 4131

Subject Areas: Computing, English and Linguistics, Education

An early career-researcher, Chris has a varied gamut of research interests, including, but not limited to, CALL technologies (and MALL technologies – specifically, app-based methods), Second Language Acquisition, Educational Psychology (in particular, Self-efficacy and Self-Determination Theory) and Gamification of the language learning process.

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  • Trinity Dip TESOL, TLI Edinburgh, 2014.
  • MA TESOL, University of Manchester, 2012.
  • CELTA, Manchester Academy of English, 2012.
  • INTESOL Diploma in TESOL, INTESOL International, 2007.
  • BA Japanese/Second East Asian Language, University of Durham, 2005.
  • INTESOL Cert TESOL, INTESOL International, 2001.

Chris has been teaching English as a Foreign Language for 15 years, in a number of countries, to students with a wide range of levels, needs and ages. He obtained his first TESOL qualification in 2001, and taught on the year abroad for his degree in Japanese and a Second East Asian Language, which was awarded by the University of Durham in 2005.

He has considerable experience of teaching EFL and ESP overseas, not just in East Asian countries, where the classes were mainly young learners, but also in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, where he was asked to design and deliver bespoke tailor-made courses on a variety of Business English training programmes.

Chris has recently had an article on learning language skills and being multilingual published on The Conversation entitled ‘You too could be multilingual – it's just about unlocking the skills inside’.

Chris wrote a further article on The Conversation in May 2019 about video gaming being a useful educational tool for language learning, entitled ‘Can you learn a language playing video games? What the research says’.


McGuirk, C. (2017). Technology-Enhanced Language Learning for Specialized Domains. Elena Martín-Monje, Izaskun Elorza, and Blanca García Riaza (eds.) Routledge, Abingdon. pp. xxi+ 286. System, 67, 154-156.