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School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Dr Ernesto Vargas Gil, PhD (Warwick)


Lecturer in Academic and Professional Communication

Room Number: Bancroft Building 1.29


Ernesto is a Lecturer in Academic and Professional Communication in the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film at QMUL. He holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics from the University of Warwick, UK. He is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK. He is also a Cambridge Delta-qualified teacher and, throughout his career, has worked in different EFL/ESP/EAP and SLTE contexts. In the UK, he has taught at various universities, including the University of Birmingham, the University of Bristol, Aston University, and Imperial College London, where he still collaborates as an Academic Visiting Teaching Lecturer. He is the current IATEFL Research Special Interest Group (ReSIG) Coordinator.


  • PhD
  • MA
  • PG Cert
  • BA

Cambridge Teaching Qualifications

  • CELTA 


At Queen Mary University of London, Dr Ernesto Vargas supervises PhD and MA students. He also teaches Master’s, Foundations, and In-sessional courses:

Postgraduate courses

  • Description of Language (Convener)
  • Applied Linguistics: Critical Reflection (Convener)
  • Dissertation in English Language Teaching (Convener)
  • Approaches and Methods in English Language Teaching

Foundation and In-sessional courses

  • Intercultural Communication for the Global Workplace
  • Economics and Finance in Action 
  • Communication in Science and Technology


Research Interests:

His main areas of research interest are Language Teacher Education, with a focus on Continuing Professional Development practices in the Global South, particularly from an epistemological decolonisation perspective; Language Teacher Research, and Research Methodology, particularly concerning in-depth qualitative inquiry approaches in educational settings.



  • Focus on the SIGs: Research SIG. IATEFL Voices, Issue 285 March/April 2022. Faversham: IATEFL.
  • Presentation of the new issue of IATEFL ELT Research: ‘From the Coordinator’. IATEFL ELT Research, Issue 36 (February 2022), vi-x.
  • A report on the IATEFL joint ReSIG LASIG pre-conference event, Brighton 2018: ‘Learner autonomy and practitioner research’. IATEFL ELT Research, Issue 34 (February 2019), 39-41.

Book Chapters

  • With Ramírez-Romero J.L. (2019) Mexico’s Politics, Policies and Practices for Bilingual Education and English as a Foreign Language in Primary Public Schools. In: Johannessen B. (eds) Bilingualism and Bilingual Education: Politics, Policies and Practices in a Globalized Society. Cham, Switzerland: Springer 



  • Musto, M. (2012) Tras los Pasos de un Fantasma. Mexico: Siglo XXI Editores
  • Anton, A. & Schmitt, R. (2011). Hacia un Nuevo Socialismo. Madrid: Montesinos Editor


  • Kramer K. R. (2013). ‘Jeans’: Karen Ruoff Kramer. Historich-Kritisches wörterbuch des marxismus. Berlin: INKRIT
  • Petras, J. (1999) ‘Capitalism and Democracy’. Dialéctica N. 32. Mexico: Universidad Autónoma de Puebla.
  • Haug, F. W. (1998). ‘After the Fall of Fordist Marxism’. Dialéctica N. 31 (Mexico: Universidad Autónoma de Puebla.
  • Haug, F. (1997). ‘Marxism and Feminism’. Dialéctica N. 30. Mexico: Universidad Autónoma de Puebla
  • Singer, D. (1996). ‘Beyond Capital’. Memoria N.88. Mexico: CEMOS. 

Editorial Work

Reviewer for international journals

  • Language and Education (Q1 Education)
  • Education Policy Analysis Archives (Q2 Education) 


Invited Talks, Colloquia, Workshops and Conference Papers (2021-2022)

  • Plenary Speaker in the Fourth Virtual Conference for EFL teachers - IES República de Entre Ríos, Entre Ríos, Argentina. Online – 14 October 2022.
  • Coordination of the IATEFL ReSIG Showcase Day at the 55th International Conference & Exhibition for English language teaching professional – IATEFL Belfast 2022. Belfast, U.K. - 18 May 2022.
  • ‘How To…’ session: How to reflect on research talks at the conference at the 55th International Conference & Exhibition for English language teaching professional – IATEFL Belfast 2022. Belfast, U.K. - 17 May 2022.
  • Moderation of the Panel Discussion: IATEFL ReSIG: Teacher Research and/for the Global South Online Conference. Online - 30 April 2022.
  • Plenary sessions: ‘Welcome’ and ‘Final reflections and round- up’ (with Richard Smith and Asli Saglam) at the Online Conference: ‘Teachers Research! Online 2021’ organised by IATEFL ReSIG (Online) 10-12 December 2021.
  • Online seminar: ‘Exploring the Cambridge ICELT ethos: A glance into the complexities of professional development for language teachers in the Global South’. Applied Linguistics Seminar Series - Language. Culture. Matters. Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick, U.K. (Online) – 20 October 2021.
  • Conference: ‘Aspects of the ethos of globalised language teacher education in the Global South: An in-depth exploration of discourse in one iteration of an in-service language teacher training course’ at the Oxford Ethnography and Education Conference 2021, University of Oxford, U.K. (Online) – 22 September 2021.
  • Presentation: ‘Complexity, ideology, and Language Teacher Education: a linguistic ethnographic glance into the complexities of professional development for language student-teachers in the Global South in a globalised era’ at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the British Association for Applied Linguistics (Online) – 9 -11 September 2021.
  • Panel Discussion: ‘South-South Teacher Research Conference and Panel Discussion’ (with Juan Rafael Cervantes, Paula Rebolledo, Rama Mathew and Francis Vernyuy). Event supported by IATEFL ReSIG as part of the International Festival of Teacher Research in ELT (Online) – 3 July 2021.
  • Panel discussion: ‘Critical questions on research in teacher education’ (with Ana Salvi and Prem Phyak). IATEFL ReSIG Pre-conference Event at the 54th International Conference, Exhibition and Careers Fair for ELT professionals (Virtual conference) – 18 June 2021. 
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