Dr Tony Shannon-Little

Principal Lecturer

T Shannon-Little
Email address: A.Shannon-Little@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 322552 Location: SH109A Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences School/Institute: International Academy Areas of expertise: Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages


I have 30 years, experience of teaching English both abroad in Europe and here in Britain and am a trainer on teaching courses for both undergraduates and experienced teachers from a range of different countries. My philosophy is to develop a collaborative environment for study where we can all learn from the experiences and motivations of others in the class. So my aim is to develop a community of people engaged in sharing and supporting each other with learning. My main teaching activities involve working with International Students on the BA (Hons) English for International Business Communication. This is a lively mix of direct entrant students from France and China who will go onto Masters programmes next year. I am also involved in teacher training and teaching practice observation with students on the BA (Hons) TESOL programme. Both of these teaching contexts provide me with the satisfaction of seeing individuals significantly develop their skills-base through practical application and feedback. 

Research interests

  • Collaborative learning environments,
  • Language teaching materials design,
  • Vocabulary development
  • Intercultural communicative competence

Membership of professional bodies

  • Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy
  • Moderator, Trinity College London, Certificate in TESOL


  • Doctorate of Education,
  • MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language
  • Diploma in TEFL
  • PostGraduate Certificate in Education
  • BA English Language & Literature
  • Diploma Institute of Linguists (Italian)


  • (2013) Language Teaching Materials: ISPY interactive language exercise storyline for young adults Level A1-B1. Accessed at: http://www.ispy-project.eu/ (European Commission (Project No. 511558-LLP-1-2010-1-UK-KA2-KA2MP)
  • (2013) ‘Developing the multicultural community of practice: Starting at Induction’,  In Ryan J (Ed.) (2013) Cross-cultural teaching and learning for Home and International Students: Internationalisation of pedagogy and curriculum in higher education, London, Routledge
  • (2012) ‘Thriving as an International Student: Personal responses and the  trajectories they create'  Journal of Pedagogic Development, 2(1), 10-15 June 2011) Higher Education Academy

Further information

I am also responsible for employability enhancement in Undergraduate programmes within the Faculty of Social Sciences ranging from Business to Law and Social Sciences. This involves supporting and initiating developments to enable students to be more proactive in their career planning, and inviting businesses and organisations to support student learning and at the same time benefit from student input through work placements, site visits and guest lectures.