Peter Beech

Senior Tutor PET/Outreach, English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Tutor, Teacher Training Coordinator

Centre for English Language Education
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Trent Building 379


University of Nottingham Ningbo China


199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo, 315100, China


+86 (0)574 88180000 – 8299


BA Philosophy (Sussex)

MSc Teaching English (Aston)


I have been teaching at the Centre for English Language Education (CELE) at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) since 2016. Prior to that, I was working in Malaysia on a teacher development programme with state school teachers to improve their teaching methodology and English Language proficiency.

For much of my life, I lived in Greece, where I ran a teacher training centre, combining this with various part-time and temporary roles with UK universities. I have worked at the University of Reading both on pre-sessional EAP courses and on a teacher development programme sponsored by the China Scholarship Council. From 2009 to 2014, I lectured on the University of Greenwich BA in TESOL and MA in ELT Management. Before that, as an Associate Lecturer with the UK Open University, I tutored part-time for fifteen years on MA courses in TESOL and Applied Linguistics.


  • Preliminary Year and Pre-sessionals
    • LSAC (Listening and Speaking in Academic Contexts)
    • RWAC (Reading and Writing in Academic Contexts)
    • ESAC (English in Specific Academic Contexts)
    • AOP (Academic Oral Presentations)
    • IRP (Independent Research Project)
    • Applied Linguistics for TESOL
    • Developments in Language Teaching Methodology
    • The Language Learner and Language Learning
    • TESOL Observation and Practicum
    • English for Academic and Specific Purposes
  • Teacher Training
    • Liaison with the UNNC affiliated high school
    • NAA module: Reflective Practice in Volunteer Teaching
    • Knowledge Exchange commercial teacher training projects
    • Outreach charitable teacher training projects

Research interests

My academic interests are centred on ways to make teaching more effective through the application of SLA research findings in the development of classroom methodology. I am particularly concerned with the role of the teacher as researcher and with the effective design and implementation of classroom research.

Conference presentations

Professional development needs of in-service teachers of English

39th Thailand TESOL International Conference, Bangkok, January 2019


Needs Analysis for Continuing Professional Development of Chinese Teachers of English

16th Asia TEFL International Conference, Macau, June 2018


Teachers Develop Teachers Adapt

MATSDA / Shanghai International Studies University Conference, Shanghai, June 2018


From Theory to Practice: Development of Graduate Teaching Assistant Course from 2016-2018 in an EMI University in China.

Joint presentation with Dr Shanru Yang.

MATSDA / Shanghai International Studies University Conference, Shanghai, June 2018


New perspectives, new methodologies for English teaching in a Chinese high school

8th International Conference on English Language Teaching (ELT) in China, Xi’an, October 2017


Innovation in EFL classroom practices in a Chinese high school

15th Asia TEFL International Conference, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, July 2017


Colorless green ideas worth spreading

TEDX Yinzhou Senior School, May 2017