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 18 years now. I have taught on and lead various modules in this department first as ELTC, then as International Academy and now as Essex Pathways Department. Nowadays I teach and module lead History and RADS (academic skills) and am back up teacher / support lecturer for Politics and Literature. I module lead the History course which is called 1939- 2019: Eighty Years in the Life of the United Kingdom. I am interested in UK cultural change, poetry and song for protest and fortitude and the changes exhibited in the UK particularly between the 1960s and 1990s. Outside this and in the field of TESOL/Linguistics 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, a CTEFLA teaching certificate and a postgraduate teaching diploma (Dip TESOL). More recently I achieved 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. I have been teaching 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 and I have also had articles published in IATEFL Voices, INFORM, Humanising Language Teaching Magazine and various others. 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 and in 2019 invited to give a talk to Aschehoug one of the leading publishing houses in Norway / Denmark. I have given many in house lectures to a wide number on students on subjects that include social English, British culture, and genealogy (I am an experienced genealogist) and British music history and 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. I am a published author with recent appearances in 20th Century Skills (Express Publishing) and am the author and creator of the Teaching Tracks series of books which has had 5 releases thus far.


  • 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

Glasgow, United Kingdom, 2017

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

Slovenia, 2016

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

Birmingham, United Kingdom, 2016

Waxing Lyrically. Malta ELT Conference. October 2016

Malta, 2016

On Song. ELTAM Conference, Struga, Macedonia 2016

Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of, 2016

Twistin My Melon IATEFL Manchester, 2015

Manchester, United Kingdom, 2015

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

Colchester, United Kingdom, 2015

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

Harrogate, United Kingdom, 2014

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

Nottingham, United Kingdom, 2014

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

Liverpool, United Kingdom, 2013

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

Reading, United Kingdom, 2013

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

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, 2012

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

Reading, United Kingdom, 2011

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • 1939�2019: Eighty Years in the Life of the United Kingdom (IA108)

  • Becoming Enlightened Citizens: Foundations in Politics and Government (IA118)

  • Research and Academic Development Skills (IA193)

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4SA.3.11, Colchester Campus