David Anstey

Acting Centre Operations Director, Senior Tutor in English For Academic Purposes

Centre for English Language Education
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University of Nottingham Ningbo China


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Senior Fellow of AdvanceHE (SFHEA)

Cambridge DELTA

MA TESOL (University of Nottingham)

BA Politics (University of Essex)


I joined CELE in September 2014, after teaching preparatory EAP classes at Chonnam National University in Gwangju, South Korea and Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. Since promotion to Senior Tutor in April 2018, I have convened LSAC/AOP (now OCSa/b), the Summer Presessional and ESACa/b.

As Acting Centre Operations Director, I am responsible for oversight of admin support for our academic staff. This includes management of recruitment, probation, observations, induction and leave, as well as representing CELE on university-level planning and operations committees.


Module Convenorship

Module Convenor for ESACb. Previous convenorship of LSAC, AOP and the 2018 Summer Pre-Sessional.

Research interests

Vocabulary acquisition; EAP; the AWL and GSL; the critical period hypothesis and theories of universal grammar; task-based learning.