Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Education

Dr Martin Lamb

Senior Lecturer

I've been at Leeds since 1999 having previously spent 16 years working abroad, as a VSO English teacher in Sulawesi, Indonesia, and then as a teacher and teacher trainer on various British Council-managed ELT projects in Indonesia and Bulgaria. I have also taught EFL in Sweden and Saudi Arabia.

For my first ten years at Leeds I was heavily involved in the department's work in Oman; a large-scale BA programme for Omani teachers of English that ran from 1999-2009, and an MA TESOL run in cooperation with Majan College from 2008-10.

Since then I have been programme leader of the MA TESOL Studies (for students with less than 2 years' teaching experience), the MA TESOL, and am now leading the MA TESOL China, which is run in association with Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, in Guangzhou. I am Head of International Education in the School, helping to establish teaching and research collaborations with overseas institutions, and also responsible for incoming and outgoing Study Abroad students.

Research Interests

I am interested in all aspects of language learner motivation, but especially how it relates to identity, social relations and autonomous learning behaviour. I'm also concerned with how it can be developed through good teaching. Most of my research has been based in Indonesia, trying to understand the various motivational and social factors that contribute to the successful learning of English.

One recent research project (with my colleague Martin Wedell) was a British Council-funded investigation into ‘inspiring’ English teaching in state schools in China and Indonesia.

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I teach a number of different Masters modules, specifically on L2 oral communication, assessing language learning, and developing practical teaching skills. I also teach a 3rd year undergraduate module  'Globalization, identity and English language education', and am a personal and academic tutor to international MA students.

PhD Supervision

I supervise several PhD students working in the area of learner and teacher motivation and would be glad to hear from any potential UK or international doctoral student with similar interests.

Key Publications


  • Lamb M, International Collaboration for Educational Change: The BA Project, ed. by Atkins J and Lamb M (Sultanate of Oman: Ministry of Education, 2010)

Journal Articles


  • Sahakyan T, Lamb M, Chambers G, ‘Language Teacher Motivation: From the Ideal to the Feasible Self’, in Language Teacher Psychology, ed. by Mercer S and Kostoulas A, First (Bristol: Multilingual Matters, 2018), 53-70
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/128142/

  • Lamb M, Astuti SP, Hadisantosa N, ‘In their shoes: What successful Indonesian school teachers do to motivate their pupils’, in L2 Selves and Motivations in Asian Contexts ([n.pub.], 2016), 195-216
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/111163/

  • Lamb MV, ‘Inspiring English Teachers in China and Indonesia: Implications for Indian Teacher Educators?’, in English Language Teacher Education in a Diverse Environment. Selected papers from the Third International Teacher Educators Conference Hyderabad, India, ed. by Powell-Davies P and Gunashekar P (London: The British Council, 2013), 72-77
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/76172/

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