Professor Terry Lamb BSc, PGCE, MA, PhD, FRSA Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques

Dr Terry Lamb webprofileProfessor of Languages and Pedagogy
Senate Award Fellow (Sustained Excellence in Learning and Teaching)

Director of Learning and Teaching
Director, MA in Applied Professional Studies in Education
Director, MA in Applied Professional Studies in Education (Online)

Director iPGCE

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Terry has a deep commitment to learning and teaching, which dates back to the beginning of his career as a secondary school languages teacher. His teaching embodies a series of key values and principles: inclusion and social justice, voice and influence, internationalisation, and innovation, which he has explored in many different ways over the years in order to enhance learning. These values and principles inform his teaching interests and approaches, which means that his students can expect a range of learning experiences: learning actively through exploration and discussion with each other; exploring and developing new ideas; reflecting critically on their prior assumptions; learning to value and enjoy linguistic and cultural diversity. Most of his students are teachers, who learn to identify their own learning priorities and to take responsibility for their own professional learning.

Terry is Director of Learning and Teaching in the School of Education and in 2013 received a Senate award for Sustained Excellence in Learning and Teaching.

He is also Director of the MA in Applied Professional Studies in Education, a programme designed to support teachers at all stages in their careers to enhance their subject knowledge and to develop and disseminate their own classroom practice. The programme also enjoys the partnership of nine subject associations. Recently Terry has developed an online version of the MA in Applied Professional Studies in Education. Though focused on overseas students, including those from Europe, the online programme will also provide better access to MA APSE study to some UK students.

Terry has vast experience of working with students and teachers from diverse backgrounds, both within the UK and internationally, and aims to enable them to develop ideas, which are relevant to their own lives and within their own contexts. In addition to the above programmes, he teaches on the iPGCE, Distance Learning Masters and Doctoral Programmes in Singapore and Malta, as well as the EdD in Language Learning and Teaching. He also supervises many doctoral students from around the world (see below).

Research interests

Terry’s teaching is underpinned by his research, just as his research informs his teaching. He has two main research areas, learner and teacher autonomy in language learning, and multilingualism (see list of research grants and contracts).

Learner and Teacher Autonomy in Language Learning

Terry researches ways in which learners can learn to have a voice in what they are learning, and how different educational contexts and spaces can support this. This encompasses a range of teaching and learning modes, from classroom-based to self-access and e-learning. He is particularly interested in the relationship between autonomy, motivation and identity in secondary-aged language learners, and in metacognitive knowledge and beliefs about learning. He also researches the implications for the teacher and the teacher´s own autonomy, including teacher-as-learner, action research and critical reflection, and has carried out consultancy work with teams of teachers in many countries, including Chile, Colombia, Germany, Malaysia, Singapore, Spain and Turkey. For six years, Terry was the elected convener of the international AILA Research Network in Learner Autonomy in Language Learning under the auspices of AILA (Association Internationale pour la Linguistique Appliquée), and he has published widely in this field. His latest interest is in the relationships between space, place and autonomy, and in 2014 he organised a research symposium on this topic at the AILA World Conference in Brisbane, Australia. He is now working on an edited book on this topic with Dr Garold Murray, Okayama University, Japan.

Multilingualism and plurilingualism

Terry has a commitment to supporting and promoting linguistic diversity, and a particular research interest in multilingual policy and pedagogy in different contexts. He has carried out research in the field of urban education, focusing on ways in which learners´ plurilingualism can be supported in order to benefit the individual as well as the community as a whole. His research into education for linguistic diversity encompasses areas such as community languages, complementary education, language planning, diversification, language awareness, English as an Additional Language and methodologies for less taught languages. He also argues that every teacher is a language teacher, and that teachers should draw on a child’s full linguistic repertoire to enable them to reach their potential. Terry works closely with the Council of Europe’s European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML) on a range of projects in this field. Terry is now co-ordinating a major project as part of a cooperation between the European Commission and the ECML of the Council of Europe, which is supporting EU member states to develop inclusive practices in migration contexts (see Supporting Multilingual Classrooms).

Language Teacher Associations

Terry has a long history of working with subject associations and is former President and current Secretary General of the Fédération Internationale des Professeurs de Langues Vivantes (FIPLV), which represents hundreds of thousands of language teachers around the world. He continues to conduct research into the role of subject associations in member countries, focusing on ways in which they support teachers’ professional learning and represent teacher voice in policy. In 2015, together with FIPLV member association CASLT, he organised the FIPLV World Congress in Niagara Falls, Canada.

Other activities

Terry spent 16 years teaching languages (French, German, Spanish, Turkish) in secondary schools in London and Derbyshire. He has also carried out advisory work, taught English in Poland and Turkey, and been a consultant to the Ministry of Education in Malaysia on the `Learning how to Learn´ curriculum development project. He is an official EU Expert on Intercultural Education, and in this capacity has worked as a consultant to the Ministry of Youth, Education and Sport, Czech Republic, on projects relating to the development of a European dimension in the curriculum and to the development of positive attitudes towards the Roma population.

Terry has had major roles in the development of language policy nationally. He is former President of the Association for Language Learning, was a member of the government´s National Languages Steering Group and a governor of CILT, the National Centre for Languages. In 2008 he was appointed Chair of the Languages Diploma Development Partnership by the then Secretary of State for Education, Ed Balls.

In 2009, Terry was awarded the title Chevalier dans l'ordre des Palmes Académiques by the French prime minister for services to languages and European culture, in particular French.

Locally, Terry is proud to be Patron of Languages Sheffield and Vice-Chair of Sheffield City Council’s Children and Young People’s 0-19+ Partnership Board.

Some of Terry's activities

  • Member of Senate, the University of Sheffield
  • President, FIPLV (Fédération Internationale des Professeurs de Langues Vivantes)
  • Editor, International Journal of Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching
  • Member of the Editorial Boards of seven academic journals: EL.LE Educazione Linguistica. Language Education, Università Ca’ Foscari, Venice, Italy; The Journal of Language Teaching and Learning, Turkey; The Journal of Language Teaching and Research, China; Íkala Journal of Language and Culture, Colombia; PROFILE Journal, Universidad Nacional de Colombia; Language Learning Journal, UK; Studies in Second Language Learning and Teaching, Poland
  • Member of the Editorial Boards of two professional journals: Scuola e Lingue Moderne, Italy; SAALT Journal for Language Teaching/SAVTO Tydskrif vir Taalonderrig (South African Association for Language Teaching)
  • Member of the editorial boards of three Italian book series: SAIL: Studi sull’Apprendimento e l’Insegnamento Linguistico; I libri di Babele (Utet); Avamposti di glottodidattica (Guerra)
  • Editor, Peter Lang book series, Foreign Language Teaching in Europe

Recent invited plenaries and keynote lectures

  • 2015 Languages Live! Developing coherent policy and practice to celebrate and nurture multilingualism for the benefit of all
    24th BETA-IATEFL Annual International Conference ‘Celebrating variety: making the most of your teaching and learning context’, University of National and World Economy, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • 2014 Celebrating our multilingualism: European perspectives on Languages in Education
    ‘Deep Languages Education, Policy and Practices’, Conference organised by the International Network on Language Education Policy Studies, University of Southern Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
  • 2014 Exploring space, place and autonomy for 21st century learning: Empowering learners and teachers to deal with change
    ‘New Learners, New Needs…Better Approaches’, Conference organised by GRETA, the association for English teachers in Andalucia, University of Granada, Spain
  • 2014 Towards a Pedagogy for Autonomy: Exploring the Relationships between Learner and Teacher Autonomy
    23rd BETA-IATEFL Annual International Conference ‘The English Language Classroom: Can research meet practice?’, South-West University, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria
  • 2014 Exploring the relationships between learner and teacher autonomy in a pedagogy for autonomy
    ‘Autonomy in Language Learning and Teaching: Developing independence inside and outside the classroom’, Conference organised by State School of Higher Professional Education in Konin and Adam Mickiewicz University, Kalisz, Poland
  • 2014 Perspectives on 21st Century English Language Learners
    21st Annual Convention of TESOL Macedonia-Thrace ‘Teach and Seek’. Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 2013 Shifting paradigms: Wanderings through language policy in England since 2000
    INLEPS 2013 International Seminar ‘Global perspectives in Language Education Policy’, University of Granada, Spain
  • 2013 Innovation in the languages curriculum for the 21st century: Curriculum, policy and pedagogy
    ECML LACS Workshop ‘Enhancing language teaching materials and policy’, Hamrun, Malta
  • 2013 Influencing Language Policy: the Role of Language Teacher Associations in Policy Development
    Shanghai International Seminar on Language Education Policy: Global Perspectives and Local Practice, Shanghai International Studies University (in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin – Madison), Shanghai, China
  • 2013 Developing learning learners
    Languages without borders 2013, Conference of the Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers, Winnipeg, Canada
  • 2013 Catering for individual needs in the context of the 21st century classroom
    2nd ELT Malta Conference entitled ‘Inspiring Teachers’. Organised by the EFL Monitoring Board, Ministry for Education and Employment, Malta
  • 2013 Connecting to learning: listening to learners’ voices
    22nd Bulgarian English Teachers’ Association and IATEFL International Conference entitled ‘Openness and Connectedness: Exploring the Landscape of English Language Teaching in the Modern World’, Varna, Bulgaria
  • 2013 Developing learner autonomy to engage language learners
    KieliPeda 2013 Conference, University of Jyväskyla, Finland
  • 2013 Developing learning learners
    International ELT Conference entitled ‘CEFR: from a TEACHing to a LEARNing Curriculum’, Beykent University, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2012 Transition from primary to secondary language learning: Progression, autonomy, motivation
    Transitions in Modern Languages Conference, Aston Business School, Birmingham
  • 2012 Engaging learners in language learning: learner motivation, learner voice, learner autonomy
    atb8 Conference, York
  • 2012 Promoting multilingualism in schools: issues from research and practice
    FIPLV World Congress, Helsinki, Finland
  • 2012 Developing plurilingualism in schools
    Romanian launch of the Language Rich Europe Project, British Council, Bucharest, Romania
  • 2012 Transition from primary to secondary language learning: Progression, differentiation, motivation
    National Conference on Early Language Learning, Norwegian National Centre for Foreign Languages in Education, Oslo, Norway

Indicative publications


Lamb, T.E., Atanasoska, T., Hepp, M., Jönsdottir, S. and Zielinsky, J. (2012) Learning from each other: A handbook for language teacher associations. Graz, Austria: European Centre for Modern Languages

Murray, G., Gao, X. and Lamb, T. (eds) (2011) Identity, Motivation and Autonomy in Language Learning. Bristol: Multilingual Matters

Lamb, T.E. and Reinders, H. (eds) (2008) Learner and teacher autonomy: concepts, realities and responses. Amsterdam: John Benjamin

Jiménez Raya, M. and Lamb, T.E. (eds.) (2008) Pedagogy for Autonomy in Modern Languages Education: Theory, practice, and teacher education. Dublin: Authentik

Jiménez Raya, M., Lamb, T.E. and Vieira, F. (2007) Pedagogy for Autonomy in Language Education in Europe: a Framework for Learner and Teacher Development. Dublin: Authentik.

Book chapters

Course, S., Lamb, T. and Aoki, N. (2013) ‘Action research: Promoting teacher/learner autonomy and improving praxis’, in Barfield, A. and Delgado Alvarado, N. (eds) Autonomy in language learning: Stories of practices. Canterbury, UK: IATEFL: 140-149

Lamb, T.E. (2011) ‘Language learner autonomy in an English context’, in Miliander, J. and Trebbi, T. (eds) Educational policies and language learner autonomy in schools: a new direction in language education? Dublin: Authentik: 29-43

Lamb, T.E. (2010) ‘Assessment of autonomy or assessment for autonomy? Evaluating learner autonomy for formative purposes’, in Paran, A. and Sercu, L. (eds) Testing the untestable in language and education. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters: 98-119

Lamb, T.E. (2010) ‘La formazione dei docenti per lo sviluppo dell’autonomia dell’apprendente e del docente/Teacher education for the development of learner and teacher autonomy’ in Diadori P. (ed.) Formazione, qualità e certificazione per la didattica delle lingue moderne in Europa/TQAC in FLT. Training, Quality and Certification in Foreign Language Teaching. Florence, Italy: Le Monnier: 22-30

Lamb, T.E. (2009) ‘Controlling learning: relationships between motivation and learner autonomy’ in Pemberton, R., Toogood, S. and Barfield, A. (eds) Maintaining control. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press 67-86

Lamb, T.E. and Little, S. (2006) ‘Identitätsbildung im Fremdsprachenunterricht’, in Jung, U. (ed.) (2006) Praktische Handreichung für Fremdsprachenlehrer. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang: 381-385

Journal articles

Lamb, T.E. (2015) ‘Towards a plurilingual habitus: engendering interlinguality in urban spaces’, in International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning, DOI: 10.1080/22040552.2015.1113848

Lamb, T.E. (2012) ‘Language associations and collaborative support: language teacher associations as empowering spaces for professional networks’, in Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching, 6/3: 287-308

Lamb, T.E. (2011) ‘Fragile Identities: Exploring Learner Identity, Learner Autonomy and Motivation through Young Learners’ Voices’, in Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics, 14/2: 68-85

Lamb, T.E. (2011) ‘Reconceptualising Intercultural Education: A Model from Language Education’, in Hermeneia, a Journal of Hermeneutics, Art Theory and Criticism, no. 11/2011: 79-87

View a full list of Terry Lamb’s publications

Recent Funded Projects

Why Languages Matter! Multilingualism throughout the Sheffield City Region, Awarding Body: ESRC Festival of Social Sciences (2013)

Políticas educativas y plurilingüismo en la escuela española: análisis comparado de modelos de enseñanza de las lenguas, in collaboration with Universities of Granada (Spain), Minho (Portugal), Wisconsin-Madison (USA), AwardingBody: Plan Nacional I+D+i (España) (2013-2014)

World Languages Project, in collaboration with University of London (Institute of Education), University of Wolverhampton, and the Association for Language Learning, Awarding Body: TDA (2009-2011)

Current Research Students


Sarah Davidson – How are L2 learners identified as learning support in international schools?
Alice Micallef - Pedagogy for autonomy for teacher development in Malta: knowledge, skills and awareness for teaching in the field of foreign language learning
Alison Touval - Culture, accomplishment, evolvement and experiences in further education relating to Christian Arab Women in northern Israel


Joe Sykes - The complex stories of autonomous learners: a retrospective inquiry into the development of learner autonomy, in students of an English medium university in Japan, through the application of complexity theory
Zhanna Anikina - Improving English proficiency among university staff as a part of continuous professional development
Suad Al Wahaibi - Beyond the boundaries of a classroom: Promoting Out-of-Class language learning Autonomy through Virtual Social Spaces Afforded by Web 2.0 Technology
Maha Halabi - Understanding tutors perceptions about the Distance Language Learning Programme (DLLP) and its role in the development of learners’ autonomy: An empirical study at King Abdul-Aziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Boby Kappen - Implementation of learner autonomy in EL classrooms in Singapore’s private educational institutions.
Peipei Kong - A study of teachers' perceptions on how to improve the learning and teaching of English in Chinese secondary schools
Angsu-orn Na Nongkhai - Motivation and learner autonomy in higher education in Thailand
Silih Warni - Implementation of electronic portfolios to foster learner autonomy in writing classes
Jiaqi Wei - The study of the interrelation between English learning websites and learner autonomy: A case study on EFL (English as a Foreign Language) students at universities in China
Wanjing Zhao - Learner and Teacher Autonomy in China

Completed Research Students


Yingying Chen - 2011 Becoming an independent learner: a study of L2 motivation and learner differences among Taiwanese undergraduate ESF students


Constantinos Tsouris - 2014 Collaborative learning integration in the ESP classroom and curriculum: teachers’ and students’ perceptions and practices
Kerstin Zindler - 2014 Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) and PE in England: An exploratory study
Christopher Jarvis - 2013 Using pupil voice to investigate students' thoughts and opinions on cross-curricular language teaching
Iris Ferrier - 2012 A comparative study on theme positioned poetic devices in effective school essays in English and German
Michael Taylor - 2011 Developing little linguists? pupils' perceptions of modern languages in the primary school


Anfal Aljaser - 2015 Making space for reflective learning and teaching in Kuwaiti language classrooms: The case for autonomous learning and teaching
Hashil Al-Sadi
- 2015 Learner Autonomy and Voice in Tertiary Language Education in Oman
Charles Saliba - 2015 Teaching Maltese as a second language to adults
Abdallah Elmahjoub - 2014 An ethnographic investigation into teachers' and learners' perceptions and practices in relation to learner autonomy in a secondary school in Libya
Lisa Procter - 2014 Children, schooling and emotion
Christine O’Leary - 2011 Developing autonomous language learners within the he curriculum: a postmodern and social constructivist perspective
Mona Aljehani - 2010 Learning to teach languages: an exploratory study of student language teachers' beliefs and their relationships to learner and teacher-as-learner autonomy
Joseph Kimoga - 2006 Analysing the influence of ‘managerialism’ on the classroom language of Ugandan rural primary school teachers
Sabine Gläsmann - 2006 The concept of Peer Cognisance: Exploring participants' experiences of collaboration in a networked learning project
Jane Dodman - 2005 A SLICE of life: towards transformation in an inner-city preparatory school in Kingston, Jamaica