Dr Tracey Costley

Department of Language and Linguistics
Dr Tracey Costley
  • Email

  • Telephone

    +44 (0) 1206 872227

  • Location

    4.127, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    I am currently on research leave (Summer Term 2020) so I do not have regular office hours. Please feel free to email me though, if you have any questions.



I studied Social Anthropology at the University of Swansea and after graduating I taught English in Thailand, Turkey, China and Taiwan. During this time I became interested in the culture and politics of English Language Teaching and curriculum materials and returned to the U.K. and undertook a Licentiate in TESOL. I also completed an MA in Language, Ethnicity and Education at King's College London and a PhD in the Philosophy of Education in which I explored the ways in which English as Additional Language Learners were conceptualised within mainstream educational settings in literacy classes. I then worked in the English Language Centre at King's College London teaching a range of English for Academic Purposes courses, before taking up a position in the Department of English at City University of Hong Kong.


  • PhD Philosophy of Education King's College London, University of London,

  • Master's Degree Language, Ethnicity and Education King's College London,


University of Essex

  • Lecturer TEFL/TESOL, Language and Linguistics, University of Essex (1/1/2016 - present)

Other academic

  • Visiting Assistant Professor, English, City University of Hong Kong (1/8/2012 - 10/12/2015)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

English as Additional Language Learners (EAL)

Key words: EAL, Literacy, Symbolic Policy
Open to supervise

Academic Literacies

Open to supervise

Student Identity in Writing at University

Open to supervise

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Teaching Practice I (LG521)

  • Language Learning and Teaching (LG522)

  • Research Methods (LG575)

  • Assignment Writing and Dissertation Preparation (LG592)

Previous supervision

Fotini Grammatosi
Fotini Grammatosi
Thesis title: Teachers and Coursebook Use: The Role of the Coursebook and its Implications for Materials Development and Teacher Training
Degree subject: Applied Linguistics
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 6/2/2020


Journal articles (6)

Costley, T. and Leung, C., Putting translanguaging into practice: A view from England. System

Costley, T., (2019). Bitchener, J., Storch, N., and Wette, R. (eds.) (2017) Teaching Writing for Academic Purposes to Multilingual Students: Instructional Approaches. Routledge. Journal of English for Academic Purposes. 41

Bremner, S. and Costley, T., (2018). Bringing reality to the classroom: Exercises in intertextuality. English for Specific Purposes. 52, 1-12

Costley, T., Gkonou, C., Myles, F., Roehr-Brackin, K. and Tellier, A., (2018). Multilingual and monolingual children in the primary-level language classroom: individual differences and perceptions of foreign language learning. The Language Learning Journal, 1-13

Costley, T., (2014). English as an additional language, policy and the teaching and learning of English in England. Language and Education. 28 (3), 276-292

Safford, K. and Costley, T., (2008). ‘I didn't speak for the first year’: Silence, Self-Study and Student Stories of English Language Learning in Mainstream Education. Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching. 2 (2), 136-151

Books (2)

Flowerdew, J. and Costley, T., (2017). Discipline Specific Writing, Theory into Practice. Routledge Taylor Francis

Chik, A., Costley, T. and Pennington, MC., (2015). Creativity and Discovery in the University Writing Class: A Teacher's Guide. Equinox. 9781781793312

Book chapters (6)

Costley, T. and Fitzpatrick, D., (2017). Using Annotated Bibliographies to develop student writing in social sciences. In: Discipline-Specific Writing theory into practice. Editors: Flowerdew, J. and Costley, T., . Routledge Taylor Francis. 113- 126

Costley, T., (2017). 'No Way, I Could Never Write My Essays in Cantonese. I Only Know How to Do it in English': Understanding Undergraduate Students' Languages and LIteracies at a Hong Kong University. In: Academic Biliteracies Multilingual Repertoires in Higher Education. Editors: Palfreyman, D. and van der Walt, C., . Multilingual Matters. 19- 41. 9781783097401

Costley, T., (2015). What's in a name? Power, space and the negotiation of identities. In: Advances and Current Trends in Language Teacher Identity Research. Editors: Cheung, YL. and Ben Said, S., . Routledge Taylor and Francis. 74- 86. 9781138025363

Costley, TJ. and Leung, C., (2015). English as an Additional Language: Symbolic policy and local practices. In: Managing Diversity in Education Languages, Policies, Pedagogies. Editors: Little, D. and Leung, C., . 27- 42. 9781783090792

Costley, T. and Leung, C., (2009). English as Additional Language Across the Curriculum: Policies in practice. In: Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Classrooms New Dilemmas for Teachers. Editors: Miller, J., Kostogriz, A. and Gearon, M., . Multilingual Matters. 151- 171. 978-1-84769-216-0

Costley, TJ., (2008). "You are beginning to sound like an academic": Finding and owning your academic voice. In: Learning the Literacy Practices of Graduate School Insiders' Reflections on Academic Enculturation. Editors: Pearson Casanave, C. and Li, X., . Michigan. 0472032313. 9780472032310

Other (1)

Costley, T., Book review: Teaching Writing for Academic Purposes to Multilingual Students: Instructional Approaches, J. Bitchener, N. Storch, R. Wette (Eds.). Routledge (2017). Journal of English for Academic Purposes(41 (100772)),Elsevier

Grants and funding


Bringing the outside in: Merging local language and literacy practices to enhance classroom learning and achievement

British Academy

+44 (0) 1206 872227


4.127, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

I am currently on research leave (Summer Term 2020) so I do not have regular office hours. Please feel free to email me though, if you have any questions.