Naeema Hann


Lecturer and researcher in second language teaching. My practice is in English language teacher education and training, the teaching of English in migrant and higher education contexts, Urdu literacy in diaspora contexts and Urdu as a foreign language. My research and publications draw on these areas, focusing on the learner insights into strategies, motivation and identity positions. My doctoral thesis investigated factors supporting progress in speaking skills of users of English as a Second or Other Language (ESOL).
I have been editor for Urdu Times UK, a bilingual journal for teachers of Urdu, published by the National Council for the Development of Urdu (NCDU). The Basic Education in Community Languages programme I coordinated in Bradford won the European Award for Languages. I started my career in English language teaching in Peshawar, Pakistan where I taught English to Afghan mujaheddin for seven years and worked with the British Council in their Peshawar office.

Currently I am course leader for the MA in English Language Teaching online, coordinate the MA in English Language Teaching and Materials Development and supervise MA dissertations and PhD students. I am a member of the national executive committee for the National Association of Teachers of English and Community Languages (NATECLA) and the editorial board for Language Issues, a part-peer reviewed journal of NATECLA.

Externally Funded Projects:

Impact of English on Learners’ Wider Lives funded by the British Council English Language Teaching Research Partnership, 2012-13.
Baal CUP Seminar 2014 – Right to Left Scripted Languages

Internally Funded Projects:

Carnegie Inclusive Curriculum
Curriculum Innovation Fund to develop a module for online tutor training


Hann, N.B. (2013). Mining the L2 Environment: ESOL Learners and Strategies Outside the Classroom. In Developing Materials for Language Teaching (2nd Edn). (Eds.) B. Tomlinson. London. Bloomsbury.

Hann, N.B. 2010. Employability Training Materials in the UK: Contexts and Effects. In Research for Materials Development in Language Learning (Eds.) B. Tomlinson and H. Masuhara. London. Continuum.

Hann, N.B.; I.Timmis; H.Masuhara. 2010. ESOL Materials: Practice and Principles. In Perspectives on Language Learning Materials Development, (Eds.) Mishan, F and Chambers, A. Peter Lang Publishers.

Hann,N.B. 2009. Community Languages in the UK: A guide. (leaflet) NATECLA (National Association of Teachers of English and Community Languages). Birmingham.

Masuhara,H.Y.Yi.N.Hann.B.Tomlinson.2008. Adult EFL Courses, Survey Review. ELT Journal, Vol. 62/3. OUP.