Peter Davidson

Senior Instructor
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Peter received a BA from Canterbury University (NZ), an MA TEFL from the University of Reading (UK), and Fellowship from AdvanceHE (UK). He taught in Japan for two years, at Bilkent University in Turkey for six years, and has taught at ZU for the past 25 years. Although based in the Language Studies Department in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Peter has also recently taught courses in the College of Business, the College of Technological Innovation, and the College of Communications and Media Sciences, as well as providing language support for students in the College of Arts and Creative Enterprises. He co-edited 25 books and has published over 130 articles, chapters, and reviews. An experienced presenter, Peter has delivered over 150 conference papers, and he has given over 90 workshops in 16 different countries.


Fellow, AdvanceHE, UK (2018)

MA in TEFL, University of Reading, Reading, UK (1998)

BA in English and Art Theory, University of Canterbury, New Zealand (1990)

Diploma in Language Teaching Management, University of Cambridge, UK (1996)

Diploma of Teaching , Christchurch College of Education, New Zealand (1991)

Certificate in English for Academic Purposes, oxfordtefl, online (2015)

Certificate in Educational Management, University of Leicester, UK (2003)

Certificate in Testing, University of Reading, UK (1998)


Previous Positions:

1999 to date:   Zayed University, Dubai, UAE

1993-1999:      Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey

1991-1993:      Japanese Ministry of Education, Sendai, Japan


Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages International (TESOL)

International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL)

British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes (BALEAP)

British Association of Applied Linguistics (BAAL)

The Asia-Pacific Languages for Specific Purposes & Professional Communication Association (LSPPC)

Asia Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (Asia TEFL)

Asian Association for Language Assessment (AALA)

International Language Testers Association (ILTA)

Association of Language Testing and Assessment of Australia and New Zealand (ALTAANZ)

Research and Professional Activities

Research interests:

Language Testing

Assessment Literacy

Computerized Assessment

Learning-Oriented Assessment

Rater bias in essay grading

The nature of academic writing

The efficacy of teachers' and peer feedback on students' writing

Leveraging AI to teach writing

Teaching Areas

All undergraduate:

BUS-207: Business Communication

BUS-309: Introduction to Management

BUS-407: Corporate Communication

CIT-285: Technical Communication

CIT-305: IT in Global/Local Cultures

COM-209: Foundations in Media Writing

CIS ICB-102: Expressive Clarity

CIS IDS-101: Critique and Communication


Zoghbor, W., Davidson, P., & El Gamal, G. (2024). Proceedings of the 4th Applied Linguistics and Language Teaching (ALLT) Conference: English Across Disciplines. Dubai: Zayed University Press.

Buchanan, J. & Davidson, P. (2024). An introduction to teaching technical communication. In W. Zoghbor, P. Davidson, & G. El Gamal (Eds). Proceedings of the 4t Applied Linguistics and Language Teaching (ALLT) Conference: English Across Disciplines. Dubai: Zayed University Press.

Davidson, P. (2024). The impact of generative AI tools on teaching writing and classroom assessment. Testing, Evaluation and Assessment Today 10. Testing, Evaluation and Assessment Special Interest Group (TEASIG), IATEFL.

Davidson, P. (2023). A practitioner’s commentary on Z. Zhang (2013) Business English students learning to write for international business: What do international business practitioners have to say about their texts? ESP Journal, 71: 197-199.

Davidson, P. & Coombe, C. (2023). Maintaining the integrity of assessment by mitigating against students’ cheating. In H. I. Işık, E. Kantarcıoğlu, A. Üner & C. Thomas (Eds.). Re-Vision and Re-Form in English for Academic Purposes Contexts after the Pandemic (pp. 66-74). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Davidson, P, & Coombe C. (2023). Practical applications of Learning-Oriented Assessment (LOA). In R. Khan, A. Bashir, B.L. Basu, & M.E. Uddin (Eds.). Local Research and Glocal Perspectives in English Language Teaching: Teaching in Changing Times (pp. 329-344). Singapore: Springer.

Davidson, P. & Buchanan, J. (2023). The key principles of effective online classes. In M. Gobert & C. Coombe (Eds.). Proceedings of the 26th TESOL Arabia Conference (pp. 120-128). UAE: TESOL Arabia.

Davidson, P. & Coombe, C. (2022). Keeping them honest: Assessing learning in online and digital contexts. In K. Sadeghi, M. Thomas & F. Ghaderi (Eds.), Technology Enhanced Language Teaching and Learning: Lessons from the Covid-19 Pandemic (pp. 197-210)Bloomsbury.

Davidson, P. & Coombe, C. (2022). Practical applications of Learning-Oriented Assessment (LOA) in the UAE. In C. Coombe, L. Hiasat & G. Daleure (Eds.), English Language and General Studies Education in the United Arab Emirates: Theoretical, Empirical and Practical Perspectives (pp. 399-418). Singapore: Springer

Raza, N.A., Coombe, C. & Davidson, P. (2022). Teacher development through outreach programs. In N. Ali & C. Coombe (Eds.), English Language Teaching in Pakistan (pp. 13-26). Singapore: Springer.

Coombe, C., Davidson, P. (2022). Language Assessment Literacy. In H. Mohebbi & C. Coombe (Eds.). Research Questions in Language Education and Applied Linguistics (pp. 343-347). Springer.