Christopher Banister
English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Lecturer

Subject(s): Languages and Culture

Professional Biography

Chris Banister is a Lecturer in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) with over 15 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 the British Council, International House and in the private high school and language school sectors.

Chris has worked at Regent’s since 2008, initially at the English Language School and since 2012 as a Module Leader for EAP courses and Business English Modules for BAM and RILC.


  • 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

Professional Affiliation(s)/Accreditation

  • 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 on a wide range of modules at Regent’s including:

  • Business English Modules (ENG 5A1 and 6A1-Module Leader) and the accelerated versions of these modules (ENG 5A3 and ENG 6A3)
  • EAP modules for both undergraduates (ESK300-Module Leader) and postgraduates (ESK 700) and foundation students (ENG3A1-Module Leader)
  • Pre-sessional EAP courses
  • English for Specific Purposes (ESP) ‘Executive English’ Courses for Turkish Government Judges and Auditors
  • General English classes over the summer period

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  has also 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

  • Currently leading in the development of the Teaching English for Academic Purposes (TEAP) module of the blended MA in Teaching and Learning.
  • Led in the restructuring of the EAP modules
  • Led in the restructuring of new materials for the Advanced Business English module (ENG 6A1)
  • 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.
  • Designed a new Business Reading and Vocabulary module (ENG 4A2) for the BAIB programme.

Chris has also designed and implemented an EAP-EFL peer observation scheme.


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


Research Interests

  • Teacher research and exploratory practice in action
  • Learner  feedback and evaluations of the classroom experience
  • Word lists for the teaching of academic English
  • English as a global academic language
  • Second language vocabulary learning and vocabulary learning strategies


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


Other Outputs

‘The Academic Word List: exploring teacher practice, attitudes and beliefs through a web-based survey and interviews’, RILC Workshop, May 2016, Regent’s University London.


Conference Papers Given

  • Association of University Language Centres (AULC) 17th Annual Conference, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, 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.
  • Pratique Exploratoire sous forme de Développement Professionnel Continu. In Le Français partagé. Workshop (120 minutes), Annual Conference of the Association of French Language Studies. Queen’s University Belfast, 20-22 June, 2016 (with invited guest speaker Slimani-Rolls, A. and with A. Costantino and M. Rawson).
  • ‘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.
  • ‘The Academic Word List: teacher practice, attitudes and beliefs’. IATEFL 2016, International Conference Centre, Birmingham, UK, 13-16 April, 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.