Dr Pamela Rogerson-Revell

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Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics

Department: English

Telephone: : +44 (0)116 229 7512

Email: pmrr1@le.ac.uk

Address: School of Arts, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH

Personal Details


I am an applied linguist with particular research and teaching interests in the  areas of phonology and pronunciation teaching; English as an international language  (EIL) and Technology Enhanced Language Learning (TELL).

I have recently finished co-authoring a book ‘Teaching and Researching Pronunciation: Contemporary Perspectives’ (Pennington and Rogerson-Revell,  2019, Palgrave Macmillan). I am also  involved in a two-year funded research project investigating  pronunciation teachers’ cognition and practice, with co-investigator Dr Wafa Zoghbor at Zayed University, United Arab Emirates.

I am also active in developing and researching online and distance learning pedagogies and have been involved in many funded projects in this area. I am currently leading the development of a MOOC , ‘An introduction to Applied Linguistics and TESOL’ which is a joint collaboration between the University of Leicester and Futurelearn.

I give regular talks at national and international conferences and have given keynotes in each of these areas. I also do consultancy work, for instance, as an expert  evaluator for the EU Research Executive Agency, evaluating Marie Curie Research Fellowship and am a member of the Editorial Board of English Today.

Before joining the University of Leicester I worked in several other British universities, as well as spending four years at City University in Hong  Kong. Before moving into Higher Education, I worked for many years in corporate communication training  in Europe and Africa, for companies such as Shell, Nokia and UBS.  I therefore have a strong research interest in the use of English as in international language or lingua franca, particularly in business contexts.  I’ve conducted many studies in this area over the years collecting data from authentic interactions in  international business organisations.


PhD (Birmingham), MA (York), PGCE (Lancaster) RSA Dip TEFL (Paris), SFHEA


Pennington, M. & Rogerson Revell, P. (2019)  Teaching and Researching Pronunciation: Contemporary Perspectives. Research and Practice in Applied Linguisitics Series. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Rogerson-Revell, P. (2017) English Vowels and Consonants, In  Kang, O. Thomson,R. &  Murphy, J. (Eds.)Routledge Handbook of English Pronunciation. New York: Routledge.

Rogerson-Revell, P. (2015) Constructively aligning technologies with learning and assessment in a distance MA programme. Distance Education. DOI:10.1080/01587919.2015.1019972

Rogerson-Revell, P.  (2014). Pronunciation matters: using English for international business communication. In  van den Doel, R. & Rupp, L. (eds.) Pronunciation Matters. Amsterdam:VU Uitgeveri.j

Rogerson-Revell, P. (2011) English phonology and pronunciation teaching. London:Bloomsbury.

Rogerson-Revell, P. (2011) Chairing international business meetings: investigating humour and leadership style in the workplace. In Angouri, J. and Marra, M. (eds) Constructing Identities at Work, London: Palgrave.

International conferences – invited plenary talks

2019 – ‘Relating pronunciation research and practice: revisiting some myths and misconceptions in pronunciation teaching’. 6th International Conference on English Pronunciation: Issues and Practices (EPIP) University of Skopje, Macedonia, May

2019 - ‘Directions in technology-enhanced language learning: technology led or pedagogy driven?’ ICLEI Conference, London, Jan

2017 – ‘Teaching and learning the pronunciation of English in a globalized world’, TESOL Arabia, March 2017.

2010 - 'Pronunciation in Lingua Franca communication',  Dutch Accents in English symposium University of Utrecht and Free University of Amsterdam, June.

2008 - 'Culture in the Language Classroom'. 8th International TEFL Conference, University of Damascus, Syria, Sept.

Other recent invited talks

2017 - Jointly led international symposium on ‘Business English as  Lingua Franca’ at 10th International English as  Lingua Franca (ELF) conference, Helsinki, June 2017.

2017 - 'Research into practice: revisiting some more ‘old-fashioned’ notions in pronunciation teaching. 51st Annual International IATEFL Conference and Online Conference, Glasgow.

2016 – ‘The L1 advantage? :a comparison of L1/L2 speaking rates in ELF business meetings’ 9th International Conference on English as a Lingua Franca, University of Lleida, Spain.

2015 - 'Research into revisiting some 'old-fashioned' notions in pronunciation teaching' Annual International IATEFL conference, Manchester


My research forms the basis of the innovative approaches to teaching, learning and assessment, particularly distance and online learning, that I have developed over a sustained period. As well as researching and leading funded projects in my specialised subject areas of  Applied Linguistics, i.e. phonology and pronunciation (Pennington and Rogerson-Revell, 2018; Rogerson-Revell  2017; 2014; 2011) and English in International Business (EIB) (Rogerson-Revell, 2014; 2011; 2010; 2008), I have been an active researcher in online and distance learning for many years, as evidence by my publications (Rogerson-Revell  2015; 2012; 2008; 2007; 2005; 2004) and by my involvement in funded research projects in this field.

I was jointly funded by the Higher Education Academy and the University of Leicester to produce an Open Educational Resource (OER) - 'The Phonology and Phonetics Review' which is freely available on the Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies (LLAS) website.  

I have been the UK lead in three EU-funded projects in the field of international business communication, all of which contribute to European initiatives to enhance workforce mobility. The most recent, COLA (Construction-related Language Learning for Low-skilled Migrant Workers) involved partners in Austria, France, Spain, Germany and the UK.

I am also actively involved in developing and researching online and distance learning pedagogies. I have been involved in many funded projects in this area. I co-directed AUDIBLE, a project investigating the use of digital audio to deliver effective student feedback and have recently been involved in two JISC funded e-learning projects:

  • DUCKLING (Delivering University Curricula: Knowledge, Learning and Innovation Gains)
  • OTTER (Open, Transferable and Technology-Enabled Educational Resources).
I am currently leading the development of a MOOC which I hope will generate many interesting research avenues.

Recent funded research projects

  • ‘Investigating the gap between pronunciation research and teaching: English language teachers’ knowledge, perspectives and practices’.PI (joint) Pam Rogerson Revell and Wafa Zoghbor, Zayed University Research  Incentive Fund, 2017-18.
  • ‘English as a lingua franca in Europe: an investigation of international communication and intelligibility'. PI (joint) Pam Rogerson Revell and Wafa Zoghbor,
  • University of Zayed, UAE, Research Start Up Grant, 2013-2014.
  • AUDIBLE (Audio feedback for Better Learning Experience) – University of Leicester funded, Stream B: Developing new learning, teaching and assessment activities (2011-2012) PI (joint) Pam Rogerson Revell and Diane Davies.
  • ‘English as a lingua franca in Europe: an investigation of international communication and intelligibility in  EU project meetings.’ PI  Pam Rogerson Revell, University of Leicester,  Research Development Fund, 2010-2011.
  • OTTER (Open, Transferable and Technology-Enabled Educational Resources) - HEA/JISC-funded (2009-2010)
  • DUCKLING (Delivering University Curricula: Knowledge, Learning and Innovation Gains) JISC-funded  (2008-2010)
  • EVLAC (Enhancing Vocational Language and Cultural Skills of European Construction Professionals) involved partners in Austria, Greece, Turkey and the UK. (2008-2010)


I am joint Programme Director of the Distance Learning MA Applied Linguistics and TESOL

I also contribute to our campus-based MA Applied Linguistics and TESOL and MA TESOL programmes and supervise PhD students in fields related to my research interests.

In 2011, I was awarded a University Teaching Fellowship  for sustained long-term innovation and leadership in the use of e-learning to initiate pedagogical innovations not only in distance learning and assessment but also in tutor roles and support. The award also recognised the broader impact of my work in this field in terms of dissemination and policy-implementation at institutional and national levels. In 2018 I was awarded Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).


I have first supervised 19 doctoral students  (and second supervised 13)  to successful completion since 2001.

I am currently first or joint supervisor for 4 PhD students and second supervisor for 6 PhD students in the following areas:

  • Professional and business interaction
  • Phonology and pronunciation teaching
  • Technology Enhanced Language Learning
  • English as a Lingua Franca

I welcome doctoral applications in any of these areas.

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