Alastair Douglas

Senior Lecturer in English Language Teaching/TESOL

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

School:Humanities and Social Sciences

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Language and linguistics

Research Supervision:Yes

Alastair is an applied linguist who is interested in the areas of pedagogy and sociolinguistics.


Before joining Anglia Ruskin, Alastair taught English as a Foreign Language and trained teachers at International House London and in various schools around the world. He has extensive first-hand experience of the processes involved in teaching and acquiring a foreign language as well as in training teachers in language teaching.

Alastair is interested in second language acquisition, the influence of beliefs in the second language acquisition process as well as teacher training.

Areas of research supervision

  • Syntax
  • Semantics
  • Pedagogy
  • Sociolinguistics


  • Materials and course design module
  • Methods and Developments in TEFL
  • Language Acquisition
  • TEFL


  • MA Applied Linguistics and ELT, King’s College, London
  • CELTA Teacher Trainer
  • Delta Teacher Trainer
  • DELTA, International House, London
  • CELTA, International House, London

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • Delta module 2 assessor
  • Delta module 3 examiner
  • CELTA assessor

Selected recent publications

Douglas, A and Bailey, A. 2020. 'A TESOL Practicum in England'. In Cirocki, Madyarov & Baecher, (Eds.) Current Perspectives on the TESOL Practicum Cases from Around the Globe

Douglas, A. 2020. 'Here we go again: Time to update your CELTA course?' In Pattison (ed.) IATEFL 2019 Liverpool Conference Selections

Douglas, A. 2019. 'I can see clearly now: rethinking teacher training observation tasks'. In Pattison (ed.) IATEFL 2018 Brighton Conference Selections

Douglas A. 2018. 'Applying Differentiation in Teacher Training'. In Pattison (ed.) IATEFL 2017 Glasgow Conference Selections

Douglas A., and Douglas J. 2015 'A CELTA of two halves'. Modern English Teacher 24/3

Recent presentations and conferences

CELTA for all? - IATEFL, Harrogate, April 2014

ELT Terminology: a useful tool or unhelpful jargon? – IATEFL, Brighton, April 2011