Associate Professor

PhD Language Studies


David M. Palfreyman is an Associate Professor in the College of Education at Zayed University, UAE, where he has been a faculty member since 1999. He is Chief Editor of the journal "Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: Gulf Perspectives" (LTHE). David completed his Ph.D. at Canterbury Christ Church College (University of Kent), UK, and his undergraduate studies at the University of Reading, UK. His research interests lie in the area of social context for learning, higher education and biliteracy. He has published in leading applied linguistics journals and collaborated actively with lecturer/researchers in the scholarship of teaching and learning. David has served on numerous review boards for major journals (e.g. Applied Linguistics, TESOL Quarterly) and for national university accreditation systems in Oman and Australia. He has most recently served on Zayed University's Institutional Teaching and Learning Standing Committee. He is editor of three books: "Learner Autonomy Across Cultures" (Palgrave); "Learning and Teaching Across Cultures in Higher Education" (Palgrave); "Academic Biliteracies" (Multilingual Matters).


Dubai Academic City, C-L2-005


04 402 1312

Research and Professional Activities

Palfreyman, D.M. & Al-Bataineh, A. (2018). ‘This is my life style, Arabic and English’: students’ attitudes to (trans)languaging in a bilingual university context. Language Awareness 27(1-2), 79-95.

Palfreyman, D.M. (2018). Learner autonomy and groups. In Chik, A. et al. (Eds.) Autonomy in Language Learning and Teaching: New Research Agendas. Palgrave.

Palfreyman, D.M. & Karaki, S. (2017). Lexical sophistication across languages: a preliminary study of undergraduate writing in Arabic (L1) and English (L2). International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism.

Palfreyman, D.M. & van der Walt, C. (Eds., 2017). Academic Biliteracies: multilingual repertoires in higher education. Multilingual Matters. Including the chapters Introduction: biliteracies in higher education and Biliteracy as policy in academic institutions.

Palfreyman, D. (2015). Culture and context in the external assessment of teaching. In Poulter, M. & Wilson, R. (Eds.), Assessing language teachers' professional skills and knowledge. Cambridge University Press.

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