Dr Julie Norton

Dr Julie NortonLecturer in Education


Tel: +44 (0)116 229 7541

Email: jen7@le.ac.uk





Personal details

  • BA (Hons) Sheffield
  • MPhil
  • PhD (Cambridge)

My first degree was in French and German from the University of Sheffield. I obtained an MPhil and PhD in English and Applied Linguistics from the University of Cambridge and also have qualifications in teaching English (RSA Prep Cert and RSA Diploma in TEFL).

I have taught in France, Japan and the UK, at universities, companies and private language schools. I worked in Japan's second largest steel company, and was involved in instructing research scientists and businessmen in English, intercultural communication training, teacher training and editing scientific papers. I also taught at the British Council in Tokyo.

In France, I worked for International House and developed a self-access learning centre in an international pharmaceutical company. I also taught at the University of Paris V and the University Institute of Technology in Paris.

I joined the School of Education at Leicester in 1997 and I teach on both the campus-based and distance learning MA Applied Linguistics and TESOL. I also supervise doctoral students and am the Convener of the Applied Linguistics and Language Pedagogy Research Special Interest Group. I am a founder member of the Leicester Lesson Study Research Group.

I was a member of the ELT Journal review panel from 2010- 2012. I am now a member of the editorial panel for The European Journal of Applied Linguistics and TEFL.

I was external examiner for the MLitt in English Language Teaching at the University of St Andrews, Scotland from 2010-2012 and was the external examiner for the MSc in TESOL by distance learning programmes at the University of Aston from 2011-2015.

I am co-author of the new, flagship coursebook series, Navigate B1 Pre-Intermediate, published by Oxford University Press in January 2015. I toured the UK and France in May and June 2015 to talk to teachers about this publication. I have recently given plenary talks at IATEFL, Poland, 2015 and at the University of Gediz, Teachers Research conferences in Izmir (2015 and 2016).


I teach on the MA Applied Linguistics and TESOL programmes for the following modules:

  • ED7010  Materials Design and Development in Language Teaching
  • ED7002  Second Language Teaching
  • ED7020  Intercultural Communication
  • ED7009  Course and Syllabus Design


Wood, P., Fox, A., Norton, J. and Tas, M. (2016) ‘The Experience of Lesson Study in the UK’, Palgrave International Handbook of Action Research: Palgrave.

Norton, J. (2015) 'Developing Speaking Skills: How are Current Theoretical and Methodological Approaches Represented in Course Books?' The European Journal of Applied Linguistics and TEFL. Special Issue: Materials in the ELT Classroom: Development, Use and Evaluation.Volume 4/2: 53-72.

Krantz, C. and Norton, J. (2015) Navigate Coursebook B1 Pre-Intermediate. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Cajkler, W.; Wood, P.; Norton, J.; Pedder, D. & Xu, H. (2014) 'Teacher perspectives about lesson study in secondary school departments: a collaborative vehicle for professional learning and practice development.' Research Papers in Education (http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02671522.2014.887139).

Cajkler, W. Wood, P. Norton, J. and Pedder, D. (2014) Lesson study as a vehicle for collaborative teacher learning in a secondary school. Professional Development in Education (http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19415257.2013.866975).

Cajkler, W., Wood, P., Norton, J and Pedder, D. (2013) Lesson Study: towards a collaborative approach to learning in Initial Teacher Education? Cambridge Journal of Education 43/4: 537-554.

Norton, J.E. (2013) Performing Identities in Speaking Tests: Co-construction Revisited. Language Assessment Quarterly 10/3: 309-330.

Norton, J.E. and Gieve, S. (2010) ‘The Erasure of Linguistic Difference in Media Representations of Encounters with Others on British Television’, Language Awareness 19/3: 205-225.

Gieve, S.N. and Norton, J.E. (2007) ‘Dealing with linguistic difference in encounters with Others on British television’ (pp188-212) in S. Johnson and A. Ensslin (Eds). Language in the Media: Theory and Practice. Continuum Press.

Norton, J.E. (2005) ‘The Paired Format of the Cambridge Speaking Tests’, English Language Teaching Journal 59/4 (pp287-297).


I am very interested in the development of language teaching materials, particularly with regard to the application of theory to practice, and the evaluation of language teaching materials. I have presented several conference papers on this topic at IATEFL.

During my doctoral work, I investigated the performance of Japanese candidates in the Cambridge Speaking Tests and is interested the development of oral fluency, and also the way that corpus research on spoken language is influencing methodology and materials development.

I also work in Discourse Analysis and have used this to explore the relationship between language, culture and identity; specifically the co-construction of identity in speaking tests and media contexts.

I am a member of the Lesson Study Research Group (LSRG) at the School of Education, and am currently researching teacher collaboration in Lesson Study, drawing upon Discourse Analysis.

I convene the Language Teaching and Language Use (LTLU) Research SIG at the School of Education, University of Leicester.

My research interests include:

  • materials development in language teaching
  • Lesson Study
  • discourse analysis/conversation analysis
  • intercultural pragmatics
  • media representation of speakers of other languages

Research projects

The Lesson Study Research Group (LSRG) is involved in a variety of different projects related to Lesson Study. I am co-supervising a doctoral student who is researching Intercultural Understanding in Primary Schools and Lesson Study.

I am also supervising doctoral research on materials development and intercultural communication.


I am interested in supervising a range of topics related to my research interests. Below are some examples:

  • materials development for language teaching
  • language and Identity
  • discourse analysis
  • intercultural communication

Share this page:

Contact Us

University of Leicester,
University Road,
Leicester, LE1 7RH.

T: 0116 252 2620
E: english@le.ac.uk


DisabledGo logo

The University of Leicester is committed to equal access to our facilities. DisabledGo has a detailed accessibility guide for the Attenborough Tower.