John Hankinson

Head of the Language Centre

Language Centre

Contact Details

tel: +44 (0)1905 855077

Originally trained as a primary teacher John then moved to languages at postgraduate level. He has experience of working on overseas projects (China, Qatar, Bahrain, Borneo, Saudi Arabia), at school, university and ministry levels, as well as working in 3 overseas universities (France, China, Qatar) and 4 universities in the UK.

John is interested in all aspects of on-line learning of languages.


Electronic version (CD-ROM) of Saudi National Curriculum Document (English, EFL), with electronic links and annotations, pub. British Council Saudi Arabia, 2008

Report and Recommendations, Global Opportunities Fund Project (for Ministry of Education, Saudi Arabia): Saudi Arabia Textbook Project, pub. British Embassy/British Council Saudi Arabia, July 2008. (With S. Neilson).

Editorial input: Backpack 1, 2 and 3, (Pupils’ Book, Teachers’ Book, Workbook, Bahrain Edition), Pub. Longman-Pearson, Librairie du Liban, 2008-9.

The English Language Assistant, (e Languages platform), pub. British Council/e Languages/DFE UK, 2008. E Languages 2012.

New Directions: Assessment and Evaluation, Ed. Dr Philip Powell-Davies. Published British Council 2012. ISBN 978-0-86355-680-7 (Chapter 11: Classroom Observation and Teacher Assessment: ‘8 Photographs’).



ICT in Education, pub. British Council, September 2007.

Accent on Accent, pub. Times Educational Supplement, October, 1997.

Words At The Touch of a Keyboard, pub. Times Educational Supplement, Jan. 1997.


Conference papers

New Directions: Assessment and Evaluation Symposium, British Council, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia July 2011. Classroom observations and teacher assessment. Looking at the Whole Picture.

MELTA Conference Penang Malaysia May 2008. Approaches to use of technology in the language classroom.

E Learning Conference, University of Bahrain, January 2008. The uses of e learning in a university language centre. (Keynote speaker).

ASIATEFL Kuala Lumpur June 2007. Electronic resource banking for language teaching.

External responsibilities

British Council Accreditation Scheme