Christopher Banister

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Lecturer

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 (London) and in Turkey, where he worked in-house at a number of private companies as well as at the British Council, International House and in the private high school and language school sectors.

Chris has worked at Regent’s since 2008, and since 2012 has been a Module Leader for EAP courses and Business English Modules for BAM and RILC. He currently also teaches on the business foundation programme.


  • 2018 Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE), Regent’s University London
  • 2017 Corpus Linguistics: method, analysis, interpretation, Future Learn
  • 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.
  • 2004-2006 ENKA Schools, 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. (Accepted). ‘What’s My Word?’ In J. Vorholt (Ed.), New Ways of Teaching Speaking, Second Edition, USA: TESOL Press.
  • Banister, C. (Accepted). ‘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. (In press). ‘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.


  • Mentor for 2018 TESOL CALL-IS Electronic Village Online


  • Currently supervising undergraduate business dissertations.


  • IATEFL ReSIG Teachers Research! 2018

Conference Papers Given

  • 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
  • Learner feedback and evaluations of the classroom experience
  • Word lists for the teaching of academic/business English
  • English as a global lingua franca
  • Second language vocabulary learning and vocabulary learning strategies

Professional Affiliation(s)/Accreditation

  • 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

Chris currently teaches and is module leader for a wide range of modules at Regent’s including:

  • Business English/Advanced Business English Modules
  • EAP for both undergraduates (ESK300) and postgraduates (ESK 700)

Chris has also recently taught on:

  • Pre-sessional EAP courses
  • English for Specific Purposes (ESP) ‘Executive English’ Courses for Turkish Government Judges and Auditors
  • General English classes

Chris was a guest lecturer on his Erasmus Teaching Mobility at Roma Tre University, Italy) in April 2016. He is a supervisor for BAIB undergraduate business dissertations and  previously taught on IELTS Preparation Courses, Spanish Chamber of Commerce BEC preparation courses, Kanto High School Summer Programme, tailored one-to-one English courses.

Course development

  • Developed the Teaching English for Academic Purposes (TEAP) module of the blended MA in Teaching and Learning.
  • Developed the new mandatory, credit-bearing EAP module (ENG406).
  • Designed new EAP and business English modules for the Connect suite of electives.

Designed tailored business, finance and professional English courses and delivered these at Roma Tre University as a guest lecturer on his Erasmus Teaching Mobility in April 2016.


Chris led in the design and development of two major EAP tests in use at Regent’s:

  • Project-managed the design and development of the post-enrolment test at Regent’s, the Regent’s Post-Enrolment English Language Assessment (RPELA), an innovative research-informed tool to identify students who would benefit from the RILC in-sessional EAP provision.
  • Co-designed and developed The Regents University London Entry Test (RULET), a customised local solution which facilitates inclusivity and academic success.

He is also:

  • Internal examiner for undergraduate exchange students on business English modules (ENG 5A1 and ENG 6A1).
  • Examiner/assessor for RPELA