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)
  • TESOL International Association
  • Teaching English in Large Classes Research Network (TELCNet)
  • 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
  • English Medium Instruction
  • Learner autonomy
  • Teacher education and professional development


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 young learners in the UK as well as in-service teacher education and material development projects in Sub-Saharan Africa and Europe.

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 education 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 Vice President Elect of IATEFL (International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language), Co-Editor of the IATEFL Research SIG Newsletter (ELT Research) and also committee member of the Teaching English in Large Classes Research Network (TELCNet). I also recently served as member of the Select Committee TESOL International Association Summit on the future of the TESOL Profession.

Research interests

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

Current projects

  • English medium Instruction (EMI) in a multilingual Francophone context: An investigation of the learning strategies and resources of primary school children in Cameroon (British Council ELTRA, 2017)
  • Teacher Association Research in under-resourced contexts


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