Dr Sadia Ali

  • Associate Tutor (School of Education)


I joined the University of Glasgow as an associate tutor in TESOL, February 2022. Along with MEd/MSc dissertation supervision, I have been involved in teaching and/or assessment activities related to the following courses: Introduction to Educational and Social Research (EDUC5410); Descriptions of Language and Applications to the Classroom (EDUC5847); Fundamentals of Formal Education (EDUC1012); and the Pre-sessional English (PSE) course. 

I began my teaching career in 1997 teaching EAP and ESP to undergraduate students of Nursing. Since then I have taught courses in TESOL, Inclusive Education, Research, and Educational Studies to undergraduate and postgraduate students.  From 2001-2006, I served as an examiner for IELTS and IGSCE (Writing) with the British Council. I have lived and worked in the UK, the UAE, Oman, Pakistan, Singapore and Sri Lanka.

I have an interdisciplinary PhD with a research focus on Sociology and Gender Studies, MEd in Educational Technology & ELT, MA in Linguistics, and BA (Hons) in English Literature. I also have teaching certification from RSA, University of Cambridge, and the Derek Bok Center, Harvard University. 

Research interests

Sociolinguistics | Sex & gender in Inclusive Education | Decolonisation of Higher Education | Native speakerism, identity and culture in TESOL | Postcolonial feminism and women in academia | Discursive power and written discourse


Postgraduate (Selected recent)

Addressing gender inequality in education in the Indian region: an extended literature review.

Investigating the impact of academic procrastination on Chinese students at a Scottish University.

A literature review of conflict and effects of conflict resolution training on primary school children.

Exploring perceptions of Chinese students of Education at a Scottish University about the effects of flipped classrooms on their motivation.

Exploring the Effectiveness of Life Education for Chinese postgraduate students of Education at a University in Scotland.

An investigation into the functions and impact of teacher and peer feedback on students' writing: a comparative study between the United Kingdom and China.

Use of social media platform “Ying yu qu pai yin” to teach English speaking skills to Chinese primary school students.

The perception of third-year English major students in a Southern Chinese University about the use of smartphones in improving academic writing skills.

An investigation into the different elements of professional development that motivate English major students in a Shanghai university to complete MOOCs courses and the challenges of using MOOCs. 

Improving English competency through TikTok: An extended literature review.

Use of Twitter by college students in Beijing to improve informal English Writing skills. 

Exploring TESOL students’ motivations for choosing English teaching as a career: A perspective from Chinese students of TESOL at a University in Scotland.

The role of commercial Digital Video Games on Chinese EFL students’ comprehension of metaphors.

The role of summative assessment on motivation of English language learners at the Henan University of Technology in China.

The relationship between English speaking anxiety, gender and self-efficacy of Chinese students majoring in TESOL at a University in Scotland.

An investigation into the English speaking anxiety and how it can be reduced in the case of Chinese TESOL postgraduate students at a University in Scotland.


  • Introduction to Educational and Social Research (EDUC5410)
  • Descriptions of Language and Applications to the Classroom (EDUC5847)
  • Dissertation for Educational Studies (EDUC5142P)
  • Dissertation for TESOL (EDUC5900P)
  • Pre-Sessional English course

Professional activities & recognition

Prizes, awards & distinctions

  • 2006: Zayed Award and Certificate of Recognition for Excellence in Teaching (Zayed University)

Professional & learned societies

  • 2000 - 2020: Member, TESOL Arabia
  • 1998 - 2006: Member, TESOL International Association
  • 2006 - 2009: Webmaster, TESOL Arabia ESP SIG

Selected international presentations

  • 2020: Gender & Women's Studies GWS2020 (Singapore)
  • 2012: Transformations in TESOL, 16th International TESOL Arabia Conference (Dubai, UAE)
  • 2006: TESOL Arabia ESP SIG (Abu Dhabi, UAE)
  • 2006: TESOL Arabia Ajman chapter (Ajman, UAE)
  • 2005: TESOL Arabia Abu Dhabi Chapter (Abu Dhabi, UAE)
  • 2005: TESOL Arabia ESP SIG (Abu Dhabi, UAE)
  • 2005: TESOL Arabia Research SIG and Ajman chapter (Ajman, UAE)
  • 2004: TESOL Arabia Abu Dhabi chapter event (Abu Dhabi, UAE)
  • 2004: Current Trends in English Language Testing Conference, The Future of Language Assessment (Dubai, UAE)
  • 2004: TESOL Arabia 2004 Conference, Standards in English Language Teaching and Assessment (Dubai, UAE)
  • 2003: Current Trends in English Language Testing Conference 2003 (Dubai, UAE)
  • 2003: EgypTesol Fourth annual convention, Best Practice in TEFL (Cairo, Egypt)
  • 2003: 1st Asia TEFL conference, TEFL in Asia: Emerging Issues (Busan, South Korea)
  • 2003: The 2nd Annual TESOL Arabia ESP SIG Conference, Catering to Current Needs – ESP for Today! (Sharjah, UAE)
  • 2003: The 3rd Annual Teacher-to-Teacher Conference, Culture, Context, & Communication (Abu Dhabi, UAE)
  • 2003: TESOL Arabia 2003 Conference, English Language Teaching in the IT Age (Dubai, UAE)
  • 2002: TESOL Arabia 2002 Conference, Critical Reflection and Practice (Abu Dhabi, UAE)
  • 2001: The 2nd Annual Teacher-to-Teacher Conference (Abu Dhabi, UAE)
  • 2001: TESOL-Arabia Conference 2001, Challenges in the New Millennium (Dubai, UAE)
  • 2000: 16th International Conference, Society of Pakistan English Language Teachers (Karachi, Pakistan)
  • 2000: The MLI Inaugural Open Conference, Tools of the Trade (Abu Dhabi, UAE)
  • 2000: LSP 2000 Seminar, Language for Specific Purposes: Tuning in to the New Millennium (Johor, Malaysia)