Christopher Walklett

Essex Pathways
 Christopher Walklett
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    +44 (0) 1206 873709

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    4SA.3.11, Colchester Campus



I have been working for this Department at the University of Essex for 14 years. I have taught on the In-Sessional programme, the Pre-Sessional Programme and EELP (Essex English Language Programme), I have also taught on, and been course leader for, ELSSE - English Language Study Skills Enhancement. My main work however has been on the International Foundation Programme (IFP) as both an Academic Skills lecturer and a History lecturer. I now module-lead both courses. My main fields of interest / expertise in Academic Skills are materials development and assessment. My main fields of interest / expertise in ELT include pronunciation, slang & social English and presentation preparation / practice. In History I am interested in UK cultural change, poetry and song for protest and fortitude and the changes exhibited in the UK in the 1960s and 1980s. My speciality field is that of song lyrics and their relation to changing lives and circumstances in the UK and elsewhere. I hold a BTEC National Business Diploma, a BA Honours in Literature and History (2:1) - my dissertation being on the late great Iain Banks - RIP, a CTEFLA teaching certificate and a postgraduate teaching diploma (DTESOL). I have just completed an MA TESOL (Merit) to add some further theoretical knowledge to my practical experience. My MA dissertation was on the use of songs and song lyrics in EFL course books and is currently under consideration for publication. I could theoretically put BTEC, BA (Hons) CTEFLA, DTESOL, MA after my name but I am just not that kind of guy?. I am currently looking into doing a PHD bringing together various long term areas of both academic and non- academic interest. I have been teaching English in one form or another for 20 years now including stints as a teacher trainer, Director of Studies and also College Principal. I have given conference talks/papers around the UK and abroad. I have had articles published in the fields of assessment and culture/social English as well as on, my brainchild, the IFP Reflective Event. I have also had an article published in IATEFL Voices. In June 2015 I was invited to give a Ted X Talk at the University of Essex on the place of song lyrics in the canon of English literature. Due to copyright this is not on the TED talks site but is available on Youtube. I have given many in house lectures to a wide number on students on subjects that include social English, British culture, genealogy (I am an experienced genealogist) and British music history. Many of these in-house lectures have been are incorporated into the various courses we run at the IA. I am an experienced examiner for all major examining bodies Cambridge, IELTS and Trinity College, London. I have externally examined/validated for the University of Winchester.


  • University of Essex

  • Colchester MA (TESOL). 2013 - Merit University of Brighton

  • Brighton TESOL Diploma. 2001 Anglia Polytechnic University

  • Cambridge

  • TEFL Certificate. 1996 Anglia Polytechnic University

  • Cambridge BA (Honours) 1996. Literature & History joint Degree - 2:1 Suffolk College

  • Ipswich B/TEC National Diploma in Business Studies. 1986

Research and professional activities

Conferences and presentations

Bad Language? IATEFL Glasgow 2017


Creative Uses for Songs and Song Lyrics in EFL. IATEFL Slovenia 2016


Going For A Song - Lyrics as a Springboard for Presentations IATEFL Birmingham 2016


Waxing Lyrically. Malta ELT Conference. October 2016


On Song. ELTAM Conference, Struga, Macedonia 2016


Twistin My Melon IATEFL Manchester, 2015


The Most Important Words You Will Ever Hear. TED X Talk, University of Essex 2015


Changing Attitudes to Using Songs and Song Lyrics in EFL. IATEFL, Harrogate 2014.


Isn't it Just Like English, Sir? EFYE Conference, Nottingham Trent University 2014


Explicit Content - 'Exploiting' Songs and Song Lyrics in the EFL Classroom. IATEFL Liverpool 2013.


Thinking Back...Looking Forward. Inform Conference, Reading 2013


Cultural (Dis) Orientation and (Un) Social English. Inform Conference Newcastle, 2012.


Testing, Testing 1, 2, 3. Inform Conference, Reading 2011.


Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • The United Kingdom from 1900 to the Present Day (IA108)

  • Academic Skills (IA140)

  • Research and Academic Development Skills and English Language (IA196)

  • Research and Academic Development Skills (IA197)

+44 (0) 1206 873709


4SA.3.11, Colchester Campus