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Before coming to King’s Dr Melanie Cooke taught EFL in Spain and ESOL to adult migrants in London. Since 2003 she has worked as a researcher and lecturer in the School of Education, Communication and Society and the School's Centre for Language, Discourse and Communication.


Melanie's research is concerned with teaching and learning in adult ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classrooms in the UK, in particular, the social and political contexts of migrant language education.

Most recently she has been working on a study of the teaching of citizenship to ESOL learners and have collaborated on several projects exploring the application of participatory pedagogy in ESOL classrooms. 

Melanie was the co-organiser of Queering ESOL, an ESRC funded seminar series on the cultural politics of LGBT issues in adult ESOL. She is currently involved in a project which aims to raise awareness about sociolinguistic issues with teachers and learners of ESOL.


BA English Language & Linguistics

  • Introduction to Sociolinguistics
  • Qualitative Research Methods 
  • Introduction to Language and Linguistics
  • Language, People and Boundaries

MA Applied Linguistics and ELT

  • Principles & Practice in Communicative Language Teaching
  • Qualitative Research Methods 
  • ESOL: Teaching Migrants in the UK

MA Language and Cultural Diversity

  • Researching Linguistic Diversity


  • Qualitative research methods

Further information

Please see Melanie's  Research Staff Profile.