Department of Education

Dr Harry Kuchah Kuchah

Lecturer in TESOL with particular expertise in English Language Teaching for Young Learners

Lecturer in EducationBA, MA, PhD

1 West North 3.23b
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 6355

  • British Association for Applied Linguistics
  • International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL)
  • Teaching English in Large Classes (TELC) Research Network
  • Cameroon English Language Teachers’ Association (CAMELTA)
Research memberships
PhD Supervision

I am interested in supervising new PhD students researching these topics:

  • Context appropriate ELT Pedagogies
  • Teaching English to young learners
  • Early Literacy
  • Learner autonomy
  • Teacher education


I joined the Department of Education in September 2014 after working for 3 years as University teaching fellow in two UK Universities. Prior to this, I worked in the field of English language education and Applied Linguistics for 15 years, as an English language teacher, teacher trainer, coursebook writer, policy maker, and assistant lecturer in Cameroon. My professional experience also includes school-based literacy support with very young learners in Coventry, UK as well as in-service teacher training and material development projects in Central, West and Southern Africa.

My research interests are in teaching young learners, context-appropriate ELT methodology, teaching large and multi-grade classes, learner autonomy and teacher development. I am particularly interested in classroom based research that takes into account the role of teacher and learner agency in developing contextually plausible pedagogic principles.

My recent and current research aims at replacing the predominantly deficit paradigm that characterises the top-down approach to teacher training and policy dissemination with an enhancement paradigm that draws from teachers’ and learners’ appraisals of current teaching practices as a basis for developing a framework for pedagogic innovation.

I am currently Development Manager of the IATEFL, Research SIG, E-bulletin editor of the AILA Research Network on Learner Autonomy (ReNLA) and also committee member of the Teaching English in Large Classes(TELC) Research.

Research interests

  • Teaching and researching young learners
  • Context appropriate ELT methodology
  • Teaching large and multi-grade classes
  • Learner Autonomy
  • Language teacher education

Current projects

  • Teacher Association Research: an innovative form of teacher-research (With Richard Smith, University of Warwick) Seed-funded by IATEFL ReSIG.


Book Sections

Smith, R., Kuchah, K. and Lamb, M., 2017. Forthcoming. Learner Autonomy in Developing Countries. In: Chik, A., Aoki, N. and Smith, R., eds. Autonomy in Language Learning and Teaching; New Research Agendas. Basingstoke: Palgrave Pivot.

Shamim, F. and Kuchah, K., 2016. Teaching large classes in difficult circumstances. In: Hall, G., ed. The Routledge Handbook of English Language Teaching. London, U. K.: Routledge, p. 527. (Routledge Handbooks in Applied Linguistics)

Kao, S. H., Grima, A. C. and Kuchah, K., 2013. Co-constructing learner autonomy for young learners:learner efforts, teacher reflections, policy development. In: Barfield, A. and Delgado Alvarado, N., eds. Autonomy in Langiage Learning. Kent, U. K.: IATEFL. (Autonomy in Language Learning)

Kuchah, K., 2013. From Bilingual Francophones to Bilingual Anglophones:The role of teachers in the rising 'equities' of English medium-education in Cameroon. In: Ushioda, E., ed. International Perspectives on Motivation. Basingstoke, U. K.: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 60-81. (International Perspectives on English Langauge Teaching)

Kuchah, K., 2009. Early bilingualism in Cameroon:where politics and education meet. In: Enever, J., Moon, J. and Raman, U., eds. Young Learner English Language Policy and Implementation. Reading, U. K.: Garnet Education, pp. 87-94.

Kuchah, K., 2008. Developing as a professional in Cameroon:challenges and visions. In: Garton, S. and Richards, K., eds. Professional Encounters in TESOL. Basingstoke, U. K.: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 203-217. (Palgrave Studies in Professional and Organizational Discourse)


Kuchah, K., 2017. Early English medium instruction in Francophone Cameroon:the injustice of equal opportunity. System

Kuchah, K., 2016. English medium instruction in an English-French bilingual setting: issues of quality and equity in Cameroon. Comparative Education, 52 (3), pp. 311-327.

Smith, R. and Kuchah, K., 2016. Researching teacher associations. ELT Journal, 70 (2), pp. 212-221.

Kuchah, K., 2015. Book Review: Going Global: Transnational perspectives on globalization, language, and education. Journal of Research in International Education, 14 (3), pp. 271-272.

Pinter, A., Kuchah, K. and Smith, R., 2013. Researching with children. ELT Journal, 67 (4), pp. 484-487.

Kuchah, K. and Pinter, A., 2012. 'Was this an interview?' Breaking the power barrier in adult-child interviews in an African context. Issues in Educational Research, 22 (3), pp. 283-297.

Kuchah, K. and Smith, R., 2011. Pedagogy of autonomy for difficult circumstances:from practice to principles. Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching, 5 (2), pp. 119-140.

Conference or Workshop Items

Kuchah, K., 2016. ELT in difficult circumstances: challenges, possibilities and future directions. In: Pattison, T., ed. 49th Annual Conference, International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language - IATEFL, 2015, 2015-04-11 - 2015-04-14. Kent: IATEFL, pp. 149-160.


Kuchah, H. K., 2013. Context Appropriate ELT Pedagogy:An investigation in Cameroonian primary schools. Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)).

Non-academic press

Kuchah, K. and Blok, S., 2017. Teaching ELT in Challenging Contexts: An Interview with Harry Kuchah Kuchah. TESOL International Association Blog

Kuchah, K., 2016. 30 Years of primary English language teaching in West Africa. C&Ts, Young Learners and Teenagers' Special Interest Group Publication

Kuchah, K., 2016. ELT in difficult circumstances: meeting the challenges (Interview). ELT Research

Kuchah, K., 2015. An Interim Report on the CAMELTA Teacher Association Research project (progress report). ELT Research

Kuchah, K. and Smith, R., 2014. Teacher Association research: An innovative form of teacher-research. IATEFL Voices

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