Eoin Jordan, EdD SFHEA


  • KY16 9AJ St Andrews

    United Kingdom

  • International Education Institute
    Kennedy Gardens
    St Andrews
    KY16 9DJ

    United Kingdom

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Personal profile

Research interests

  • Technology-enhanced learning
  • Online peer assessment
  • World Englishes and English as a lingua franca
  • English for academic purposes
  • Pronunciation
  • Vocabulary acquisition
  • Assessment design
  • Leadership in language education/higher education

Research overview

My research is focused on the enhancement of educational practice, often through the use of technology, but also based on an understanding of the nature of language. My professional activities are intertwined with this focus. These activities include leading the development of new educational programmes, reviewing and redeveloping existing programmes, as well as providing leadership/mentorship to fellow educational practitioners.

I host a range of online tools to help learners of English with  academic reading and writing in English at www.readingandwritingtools.com. These tools were developed by myself and a former colleague (Andy Snyder).

Teaching activity

I currently supervise doctoral and master's students on the DProf TESOL and MSc TESOL/MSc International Education programmes. The following dissertations that I supervised are available to read online:

I also contribute teaching to modules on the above programmes. Additionally, I am a mentor and assessor for HEA fellowships awarded via the St Andrews Recognition Scheme (STARS).

My previous teaching experience includes a range of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) teaching, in addition to more general English language teaching with students in primary and secondary level education, as well as with adults. I have taught in the UK, China, Japan, Hungary and Canada. 

Other expertise

I have extensive experience of coordinating, teaching on, and managing language programmes in higher education, both in Asia and in the UK. I also have an advanced level of Japanese language ability (CEFR C1) and an intermediate level of Chinese language ability (CEFR B1).

From 2004-2010, I played bass guitar in a Japan-based indie band called "nanbanjin". Our music is available for free from the nanbanjin bandcamp site, with some of it also available on Spotify and Amazon music.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Education, Higher Education, University of Liverpool

Award Date: 25 Jan 2021

HEA Senior Fellow, Advance HE

Award Date: 1 Mar 2018

Certificate in Professional Studies in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (Distinction), University of Liverpool

Award Date: 1 Nov 2011

Master of Arts, Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching (Distinction), UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM

Award Date: 23 Jun 2010

CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) - Pass B, Royal Society of Arts

Award Date: 29 Oct 2004

Bachelor of Science in Economics, Economics, UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM

Award Date: 1 Jun 2000

External positions

External Examiner, International College Dundee, University of Dundee

Feb 2023 → …

LanguageCert Academic Panel Member, LanguageCert

Nov 2022 → …

External Examiner, Birmingham International Academy, University of Birmingham

Sept 2021 → …

Acting Director/Deputy Director/Joint Delivery Manager/Year 1 Manager/Team Leader/EAP Tutor, Language Centre, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

Aug 2010Feb 2018

Overseas English Language Programme Coordinator/Japanese-English Translator, Academic Office, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

Mar 2006Apr 2010

English Language Instructor, Keio Academy

Mar 2005Mar 2006

English Language Instructor, International House Budapest

Oct 2004Mar 2005

English Language Instructor (JET Programme), Yokkaichi High School

Jul 2001Jul 2004


  • LB2300 Higher Education
  • L Education (General)
  • P Philology. Linguistics
  • PE English


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