Chris Banister

Senior Lecturer in English for Academic Purposes

Professional Biography

Chris Banister is a lecturer in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) with over 20 years’ experience in the field of English Language Teaching. He has taught both in the UK and in Turkey, working in-company as well as at the British Council, International House, private high schools and language schools. Chris has worked at Regent’s since 2008 and is now a Senior Lecturer and Module Leader in the Institute of Languages and Culture, currently leading in-sessional EAP and coordinating the team’s cross university work.


  • 2018 Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE), Regent’s University London
  • 2015 MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), UCL Institute of Education, London (Distinction)
  • 2002 Diploma in English Language Teaching of Adults (DELTA), International Training Institute, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 1997 Trinity College Certificate in TESOL, Colchester Institute
  • 1996 BA (Hons.) in Politics and Contemporary History, University of Salford

Relevant Past Employment

  • 2008-12 Senior English as a Foreign Language  Teacher, English Language Centre (previously Internexus), Regent’s College, London
  • 2006-2008 Visiting Lecturer, Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College, London
  • 2006-2008 Business English Trainer, Communicaid, London
  • 2004-2006 Fiat Turkey, English Language Trainer, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • 2002-2006 English Language Teacher, British Council, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2002-2006 International house, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 1998-2002 English Language Teacher, The English Centre, Istanbul, Turkey


  • Banister, C. (2021) ‘Harnessing learner research agendas to continuously explore EAP learners’
    needs’, Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 51 (May 2021), Available at:

  • Banister, C. (2020) ‘Exploring peer feedback processes and peer feedback meta-dialogues with learners of academic and business English’, Language Teaching Research [Preprint].

  • Banister, C. & Barkhuizen, G. (2020) ‘IATEFL ReSIG online discussion: Narrative Knowledging’, ELT Research, 35 (Feb 2020), Available at:

  • Banister, C. (2019) ‘In-sessional EAP assessment and Exploratory Practice: compatible or conflicting?’, ELT Research (34) (February 2019), Faversham, UK: IATEFL.

  • Banister. C. (2019) ‘London’s Hidden Businesses: Boxes, arches and 4 wheels’, Mulberry Club Magazine, Winter 2019, pp. 30-33.

  • Banister, C. & Dikilitas, K. (2019) ‘Teachers Research Online: Beyond Istanbul’, IATEFL Voices (268) (May/June 2019). Faversham, UK: IATEFL.

  • Banister, C. (2019). ‘Bringing the Academic Vocabulary List into the classroom: student lexical investigations.’ In S. M. Anwaruddin (Ed.), Knowledge mobilization in TESOL: Connecting research and practice. Leiden: Brill.

  • Banister, C. (2018) ‘Scaffolding Learner Puzzles in Exploratory Practice: Perspectives From the Business English Classroom’, Profile: Issues in Teachers’ Professional Development, 20 (2) pp. 17-33. doi:

  • Banister, C. (2018). ‘Rebuilding practitioner self-efficacy through learner feedback.’ In A. Slimani-Rolls and R. Kiely (Eds.), Exploratory Practice: An innovative form of  continuous professional development, London: Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Banister, C. (2018) ‘Exploring teacher and learner perceptions of the value of peer-teaching vocabulary: convergences and divergences’, in Barkhuizen, G., Burns, A., Dikilitas, K. and Wyatt, M. (eds.) Empowering teacher-researchers, empowering learners, Faversham, Kent, UK: IATEFL, pp. 121-128.

  • Banister, C. (2018). ‘A report on ‘Teachers Research! Istanbul, June 2017.’ ELT Research, 33 (March2018). Available at:

  • Banister, C. (2017). ‘Exploring teacher and learner perceptions of value around peer-teaching of vocabulary: convergences and divergences.’ Regent’s Working Papers 2017. Working Paper 1702: RWP1702

  • Banister, C. (2017). ‘The Academic Word List: teachers’ practice, attitudes and beliefs.’ In T. Pattison, IATEFL Conference Selections 2016, Faversham, Kent, UK: IATEFL.

  • Banister, C. (2017). ‘Graffiti Poster Tour’, English Teaching Professional, Issue 110: 34, May 2017, Hove, UK: Pavilion Publishing and Media.

  • Banister, C. (2016). ‘The Academic Word List: Exploring teacher practices, attitudes and beliefs through a web-based survey and interviews.’ Journal of Teaching English for Specific and Academic Purposes, 4 (2), Oct 2016: 309-325. Available at:

  • Banister, C. (2016). ‘Obtaining meaningful student feedback and evaluations of the learning experience in a business English context.’ In D. Maltezos, P. Karatas and S. Turkel (Eds.) Cultivation of Quality Culture in ELT in Higher Education, May 2016, Conference Proceedings, Ege University and the British Council, Ege University Press: Izmir, Turkey, November 2016.

  • Banister, C. (2016). ‘A Review Collage’, English Teaching Professional, Issue 105: 38-39, July 2016, Hove, UK: Pavilion Publishing and Media.

Other Outputs


  • The English Teacher Training College and Bilingual Classroom Initiative. (2017) Interview with TEFL Industry Expert Chris Banister. Available to watch here.


  • Mentor for 2018 TESOL CALL-IS Electronic Village Online


  • Currently supervising undergraduate business dissertations.


  • IATEFL ReSIG Teachers Research! 2018

Conference Papers Given

  • Banister, C. (2020) 'Supporting English for Academic Purposes learner-researchers in better understanding their language needs through the principles of Exploratory Practice', Queen Mary University of London: The Language Centre Teaching and Learning Conference. Queen Mary University of London, 5 March 2020. 
  • Banister, C. (2019) ‘Assessing learner reflections: a stern test for the principles of Exploratory Practice.’ Blowing away the dust: Illuminating the value of Practitioner Research in Applied Linguistics, BAAL/CUP Seminar Programme 2018-19, School of Education, University of Leeds, UK April 8-9 2019.
  • Banister, C. (2018). ‘Mobilising research findings to teach business English.’ Future of English Language Teaching, Regent’s University London, London, UK. 17 June 2018.
  • Banister, C. (co-presenter) (2018). ‘Moving from teacher research to supporting learner research: Developing learner research agendas.’ Teachers Research! IATEFL ReSIG International Conference Istanbul 2018, University of Bahcesehir, Turkey. June 8-9 2018.
  • Banister, C. (co-presenter) (2017) 'Synergies and collaborative opportunities in language teacher research.' Language Education Across Borders 2017, University of Graz, Austria. 8-10 Dec 2017.
  • Banister, C. (2017) ‘Business vocabulary: a research informed pedagogy.’ BESIG Annual Conference, Malta. 10-12 Nov 2017.
  • Banister, C. (co-presenter) (2016). ‘Teacher-researcher journeys in EP: puzzles and PEPAs.’ 35th Annual International Colloquium, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages France (Telekom Paris Tech University, Paris, 18-20 November.
  • Banister, C. (2016). 'How obtaining meaningful student feedback and evaluations can create a space for optimised learning and teacher-researcher development.’ Teachers Research! Istanbul 2016 IATEFL ReSIG. Bahçeşehir University International Conference. Beşiktaş Campus, İstanbul, Turkey. 24-25 June, 2016.
  • Banister, C. (co-presenter) (2016). ‘Exploratory Practice as a form of continuing professional development.’ Annual Conference of the Association of French Language Studies. Queen’s University Belfast, 20-22 June, 2016.
  • Banister, C. (2016). ‘Obtaining meaningful student feedback and evaluations of the learning experience in a business English context.’ Cultivation of Quality Culture in ELT in Higher Education. International ELT Conference British Council. Faculty of Letters, Ege University. Izmir,Turkey.26-27 May, 2016.
  • Banister, C. (2016). ‘The Academic Word List: teacher practice, attitudes and beliefs.’ IATEFL 2016, International Conference Centre, Birmingham, UK, 13-16 April, 2016.
  • Banister, C. (co-presenter) (2016). ‘Accessibility to research for a better understanding of classroom practice.’ In Shaping a Multilingual Society. Association of University Language Centres Conference. Cardiff University School of Modern Languages, Millenium Stadium Cardiff. UK. 7-8 January, 2016.
  • Banister, C. (2015). ‘Why don't I get sufficient, high-quality, usable feedback and evaluation of course content and methodology from students?’ Regent’s University London (Regent’s Institute of Languages and Culture) “Empowering learning and teaching in the classroom”. 22nd May. London.

Research Interests

  • Practitioner Research/Exploratory Practice
  • Peer feedback
  • Learner feedback and evaluations of the classroom experience
  • Second language vocabulary learning and vocabulary lists for the teaching of academic/business English
  • English as a global lingua franca

Professional Affiliation(s)/Accreditation

  • 2020 Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 
  • 2018-20 IATEFL ReSIG Committee Member and Online Discussion Moderator
  • 2018 IATEFL ReSIG Committee Member and Online Discussion Moderator
  • 2015 Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • 2014 TESOL France
  • 2013 British Association of Lecturers of English for Academic Purposes (BALEAP)

Teaching & Course Development

  • Connect Advanced Business English (ENG4A5/5A5/6A5/7A5)
  • English Skills for undergraduates (ESK300)
  • Academic and Professional language and Literacies (APLL) sessions
  • Skills for Impact (SKL3A2, Business Foundation)
  • Liberal Arts Capstone Project supervision

Past teaching/supervision has included:

  • Business dissertation supervision
  • Pre-sessional EAP courses
  • Spanish Chamber of Commerce BEC preparation courses
  • IELTS preparation courses
  • English for Specific Purposes (ESP) ‘Executive English’ Courses for Turkish Government Judges and Auditors

Invited Guest Lecturer

  • Erasmus Teaching Mobility, Universidad Catholica de Valencia, Spain. Business English sessions, April 2019.
  • ‘The role of English as a global lingua franca in business and academia’ On Point Lecture Series, Mulberry Club English School, Minsk, Belarus, January 2018.
  • Round table discussion on teaching business English. Minsk State Economic University, Minsk, Belarus, January 2018.
  • Erasmus Teaching Mobility, Roma Tre University, Italy. Delivered Business and Finance English, Professional English courses, April 2016.

Teacher Training

  • ‘Boosting engagement through learner-generated business English content and materials’ Mulberry Club English School, Minsk, Belarus, January 2018.
  • ‘Obtaining meaningful student feedback and evaluations about the learning experience.’ Graduation Event of the Austrian Bilingual Classroom Initiative (ABCi), Vorchdorf, Austria, July 2017.

Course Development

  • Designed and developed the Teaching English for Academic Purposes (TEAP) module of the blended MA in Teaching and Learning.
  • Designed and developed the new credit-bearing EAP module (ENG407).
  • Designed and developed new EAP and business English modules for the Connect suite of electives.


  • Internal: Examiner for placement tests for undergraduates taking business English electives.
  • External: University of South Wales (TESOL and English Language), University of Birmingham (English as a Modern and Foreign language)