Dr Salah Troudi

Nominated for Best (Taught) Supervisor

Inspiring and active research

Name Dr Salah Troudi
Email S.Troudi@exeter.ac.uk
Position Associate Professor of the Graduate School of Education
College College of Social Sciences and International Studies

Engaging students in the classroom and beyond

Dr Salah Troudi is the Programme Director for the TESOL/Dubai EdD (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages: the Dubai pathway) programme, the Supervisory Co-ordinator of the PhD in TESOL and also the International Development Coordinator for the Graduate School of Education. Within his roles, his work involves supervising students and co-ordinating research, joint programmes and international projects.

The postgraduate student base in the Graduate School of Education at the St Luke’s campus is incredibly varied. Salah works with students from many different counties, from Chile to Pakistan, the USA to the Middle East. Being a supportive staff member is important to Salah, as he expresses how challenging it is for students to study abroad. There is a need for staff to support students by, not only listening and engaging students with their learning, but “understanding where the students come from, understanding the background of the students, [and] understanding the variety, age [etc]…”

“First of all I am a learner, and I am a colleague to my students, [so] I try to be as approachable as possible…” Within his teaching and supervision, Salah coordinates innovative techniques to engage students better with their studies, such as a termly session involving a free exchange of ideas. This allows time and space for students to learn from each other in a more creative way, different from traditional lectures with strict agendas or short tutorials.

The value of inspiring and active research

Salah’s research is focused mainly in Critical Applied Linguistics, which “looks critically at the way we teach foreign languages, the pedagogies of teaching methodology, of teaching English or any other foreign language, but from a critical angle”. Salah believes that having active researchers at the University inspires students, not only to come to the University, but to also publish work themselves.

In terms of the role universities play in research affecting the wider community, Salah asks “what’s the point of knowledge if you don’t share it?... The purpose of knowledge, the pleasure of knowledge, is that other people can share it.”

“Universities, research centres of this kind, not only in times of prosperity, but especially in times of crisis, wars… They have a lot of things to do. Mainly, to combat ignorance and racism… because in every country, there is a lot of scope for narrow-minded thinking. So if a university doesn’t open up people’s minds, who else will?”

International development

“Here, at the Graduate School of Education, international is what we do…” As well as the student base, the academics in the TESOL programme are also from dynamic international backgrounds, representing the international elements of the department’s work. The department runs a TESOL doctorate programme in Dubai, where students and academics fly in from all over the world to meet for weekends to learn and teach. There is also a virtual international approach within the department through blended learning; “where you blend face-to-face… with elements online” such as holding a seminar in Exeter and broadcasting live elsewhere through video conferencing tools.


Aim 3: Research-inspired, inquiry-led learning
To extend the opportunities for students to learn in innovative ways through their own research and inquiry

Supporting and engaging international students

“There is an element of effort that you need to invest to understand the other.”

The value of active researchers

“The quality of experience of education, for me, is [defined by] an inspirational teacher.”