School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences

Staff Profiles

Sal Consoli

Lecturer in Applied Linguistics & TESOL


I began my career as an EFL teacher in France, Italy, Spain and the UK where I also held ELT managerial roles at British Council-accredited schools. After completing my MA in ELT & Applied Linguistics, I moved to the area of English for Academic Purposes (EAP). Over the past 10 years I have taught and managed EAP programmes at various UK universities. My passion for EAP was conducive to my ESRC-funded PhD to investigate the motivational psychology of EAP students in the UK higher education system. Before joining Newcastle, I taught on the MA TESOL & Applied Linguistics at the University of Warwick.

I am co-founder of the Forum on Language Learning Motivation (FOLLM), and serve on the Executive Committee of the British Association of Applied Linguistics (BAAL).


My research interests are concerned with EAP practice and policy, motivational psychology for teaching and learning in the language classroom and at university level. I am also particularly interested in the notion of ethics and how this is implemented in applied linguistics research. My work has been largely influenced by the epistemological and methodological traditions of narrative inquiry and practitioner research (i.e. Action Research and Exploratory Practice). Finally, my research promotes a teaching-informed research agenda which values all the elements and dimensions of the TESOL teaching-research nexus.