Daniel White


Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

English for Academic Purposes; Sociolinguistics; TESOL

Personal profile


Daniel White is Senior Lecturer in the Northumbria Language Centre in Northumbria University. He is responsible for the leadership of the Pre-sessional English and Study Skills programme and teaching within Northumbria Language Centre and has extensive experience with both Pre-sessional and in-sessional English for Academic Purposes, as well as teaching in TESOL/Applied Linguistics.

Daniel’s research has focused on language attitudes towards L2 (or other) varieties of English in Japan, China and South Korea, in addition to market research in student recruitment (FE) and the effectiveness of apprenticeship programmes at FE level. More recently, Daniel’s interests have turned to digital transformation, technology enhanced learning and strategic leadership, and has led to the study of an MBA (due to finish in 2021). Daniel is currently working on the study of immersive technology for learning and/or recruitment purposes.

Prior to his academic career, Daniel worked in marketing and international trade, as well as English Language Teaching at a range of levels in Japan and South Korea.

More recently, Daniel has gained his Chartership in Management through the Chartered Management Institute and has been involved in strategic operations across the institution. 

Research interests

Sociolinguistics; Applied Linguistics; TESOL/ELT; Social Psychology; Digital transformation; Technology Enhanced Learning; Marketing; Management

Further Information

Key Publications/Outputs

White, D. O. (in progress) ‘National Differences, Global Similarities: The effect of listener nationality on the evaluations of Asian English speakers in China, Japan and South Korea’, TBC.

White, D. O. (2013). English and International Cross-cultural Attitudes in China, Japan and South Korea. Unpublished PhD thesis. Northumbria University. Available at: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/18036/

White, D. (2009). ‘What are the attitudes of employers towards apprenticeship schemes in the economic downturn?’ RCU Research and Consultancy, www.rcu.co.uk. Available on request.


Current/Recent Projects

White, D. O. (in progress). Investigating potential for 360° video to raise international student awareness of academic culture in a UK HEI, and its possibilities for learning and teaching and as a marketing and recruitment tool, Northumbria University Teaching Quality and Excellence Fund, 17 September 2019, Project Manager/Lead Researcher


Successful Research Bids

March 2009 - RCU research grant - £10000

May 2010 - Northumbria University Research studentship - £21000

Sept 2019 - Teaching Quality and Excellence Fund - £1000



‘National differences, global similarities: A cross-cultural comparative study of attitudes towards non-native speakers of English in China, Japan and South Korea’, Sociolinguistics Symposium 21, University of Murcia, Spain, June 2016

‘A Study of Cross-Cultural Attitudes in China, Japan and South Korea’, invited speaker (linguistics seminar series), Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, February 2014

‘Wŏ hé, Anata to, Keudeureul hago: English and Cross-Cultural Attitudes in China, Japan and Korea’, Joint East Asian Studies Conference 2013 – ‘East Asian Societies in Transition: Challenges and Connections’, University of Nottingham, September 2013

‘Japanese attitudes towards Asian Englishes’ Japan in Our Futures, A Conference of Undergraduate and Postgraduate Research on Japan, Interdisciplinary Centre of The Social Sciences (ICOSS), University of Sheffield, April 2013

‘Identification and misidentification of non-native English speaker varieties of English in China, Korea and Japan’, invited speaker, Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo, Japan, November 2012

‘Stereotyping and language in China, Korea and Japan’, invited speaker, Kansai University, Osaka, Japan, November 2012

‘A Comparative Study of East Asian Attitudes towards Asian speakers of English and their accents’, invited speaker, University of Nottingham Ningbo in China, Ningbo, China, September 2012

‘A study of Chinese, Japanese and Korean direct and indirect attitudes towards Asian varieties of English’, invited speaker, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou Industrial Park, China, September 2012

‘A Speech Evaluation Experiment into the Attitudes of Asian Englishes’, Northumbria University Annual Conference in Linguistics, Northumbria University, UK, September 2012

‘ELT in the Mainstream: A Study of Teacher’s Attitudes towards ELT training in regular UK Primary schools’, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Post-Graduate Conference in Linguistics, Newcastle University, UK, April 2011

‘The benefits of second language learning for ELT teachers in UK Primary schools’, invited speaker (for students and staff), Northumbria University, UK, March 2011


PGR Supervision

Blakeney, Geoff (2018). Flipping a university English class in Korea: Its effect on learning motivation and satisfaction. MA TESOL, University of Birmingham.

Pearson, William (2016). Written feedback on IELTS writing task 2 practice composition. A classroom study of teachers’ practices and perception. MA TESOL, University of Birmingham.

Pena, Daniel (2016). Language identity in an EFL context: A self-identity study of university students in South Korea. MA Applied Linguistics, University of Birmingham.

South, Christopher, J. (2017). Foreign language anxiety: A study of Korean mothers’ general English and English speaking anxiety in the classroom. MA Applied Linguistics, University of Birmingham.

Wood, Duncan R. (2017). Adult Chinese Students and Native Speaking Teachers [NESTs] plus Non-Native English Speaking Teachers [NNESTs] perceptions of the Varieties of English. MA TESOL, University of Birmingham.

Education/Academic qualification

Management, MBA, Management Investigation: An explaratory study into quality management practices within English for Academic Purposes, Northumbria University

1 Oct 20191 Oct 2021

Award Date: 1 Nov 2021

Linguistics, PhD, English and International Cross-cultural Attitudes in China, South Korea and Japan, Northumbria University

1 Oct 20101 Oct 2013

Award Date: 30 Nov 2013

Linguistics, MA, A Study of Teachers' Attitudes towards ELT Training in Regular UK Primary Schools, Northumbria University

1 Sept 20091 Sept 2010

Award Date: 1 Sept 2010

Other Courses, CELTA

1 Aug 201031 Aug 2010

Award Date: 31 Aug 2010

Other Courses, BA, Media, Cultural Studies and Marketing, Liverpool John Moores University

1 Sept 20021 Jul 2005

Award Date: 22 Jul 2005

Management, MBA, TBC

1 Oct 20191 Oct 2021


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