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I worked as a translator and social worker before starting to teach German, English and women’s self-defence. My connection with Aston goes back to 1987 when I did the very first Certificate in TEFL course run by the then Language Studies Unit. The following year I started teaching on EAP courses, and went from there to get involved with the expansion of EAP/ESP short course provision, as well as distance learning and on-campus teacher training courses.

Research Interests

  • Language teaching methodology
  • Teacher education
  • Teaching speaking skills
  • Classroom interaction
  • Analysis of discourse
  • Member of BAAL, IATEFL and CLERA

Teaching Activity

  • MA TESOL Programme director 
  • PG modules: Research Methods; Teaching in Practice, Course and Materilas Design; Language Awareness
  • MSc in TESOL (Methodology and Research in ELT modules )
  • PhD supervision
  • Undergraduate modules: Analysis of Spoken Discourse and Working with Language Data


  • B. Soc.Sc. Birmingham University
  • Dip. TFLA Edinburgh University
  • Institute of Linguists Diploma (German)
  • MSc in TESOL Aston University
  • IELTS examiner
  • PhD Applied Linguistics (Aston University)

Contact Details

Room: MB734
Phone: 0121 204 3780
Email: m.m.adams@aston.ac.uk

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Research Output 2003 2016

  • 3 Article
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Conference contribution
Open Access
Non-native English Speakers
Non-native Speakers

Topic continuity in informal conversations between native and non-native speakers of English

Morris-Adams, M., Apr 2013, In : Multilingua. 32, 3, p. 321-342 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Going outside the classroom

Morris Adams, M., May 2008, Professional encounters in TESOL: discourses of teachers in teaching. Garton, S. & Richards, K. (eds.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 272 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Conversational mentoring in a distance learning context

Kurtoglu-Hooton, N. & Morris-Adams, M., 2003, Symposium for language teacher educators: papers from three IALS Symposia. Golin, J., Ferguson, G. & Trappes-Lomax, H. (eds.).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


Coherence and understanding in informal conversations between native and non-native speakers of English

Author: Morris-Adams, M., 2008

Supervisor: Garton, S. (Supervisor) & Richards, K. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


The timing of explicit form-focused instruction and its impact on task outcomes

Author: Hawkes, M., 13 Sep 2018

Supervisor: Garton, S. (Supervisor) & Morris-Adams, M. K. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy