Abida Ayesha

Abida Ayesha



Research Title

Learning Autonomy through a Blended Learning English Language Course: A Case Study of a Pakistani University

Research Summary

My research aims to explore the relationship between blended learning and autonomy in EFL/EAL/ESP context in Pakistan. Following a mixed method Case Study approach, I have used questionnaires and student and teacher interviews to collect data in order to understand the perceptions, practices, attitudes and challenges of learner autonomy in a blended learning English language learning course at a Pakistani university. 



‘EFL Teaching and CALL in Higher Education in Pakistan’ (upcoming 2019) in English Language Teaching in Pakistan: Theory, Research and Pedagogy. Naziha Ali, Christine Coombe (Eds), Springer.


Chief Misnister Merit Scholarship for PhD under Punjab Educational Endowment Fund, Government of Punjab, Pakistan


Attended IATEFL Annual Conference held in April 2017 in Glasgow.

Poster Presentation at 

Educating the Global Citizen:  International Perspectives on Foreign Language Teaching in the Digital Age

March 25th - 28th, 2019
University of Munich (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität)


Paper Presentation at 

The European Conference on Language Learning (ECLL)

July 19 to 21, 2019

Birkbeck, University of London & University College London (UCL), London, UK


Graduate Teaching Assistant

Privinding Dissertation Support to MSc Psychological Studies students in the school

PGDE Admissions Assistant

Additional Information

I hold an MA in English Linguistics and Literature and M.Phil in Applied Linguistics from National University of Modern Languages Islamabad, Pakistan. I have worked as a University Lecturer both in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. In Pakistan, I taught English language and linguistics to students at various levels ranging from Beginners to Masters at my alma mater. While in Saudi Arabia I also had the opportunity to work in an administrative position for over two years which gave me invaluable experience of managing a department and introducing online teaching and learning practices in TEFL and TESOL.

My M.Phil thesis was on an impact analysis of Teacher Training courses conducted by the HEC in CALL. My career goal is to gain the highest level degree, a PhD, in my field from a world renowned university. In 2016, I left my job to start my PhD in the UK having received an admission offer from the University of Glasgow which paved my way to being among the first group of Shahbaz Sharif Merit Scholarship (SSMS) 2016 winners.

Currently I am a member of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL) and Curriculum, Assessment and Pedagogy RTG at School of Education, University of Glasgow.