Valerie Coultas

Dr Valerie Coultas

School: Education

Job Title: Senior Lecturer in English: Teacher Education


Phone: 020 8417 5260

Location: Edu-Kingston Hill 226


Valerie Coultas taught in London schools for over two decades as an English and media teacher, head of English and senior teacher, before becoming an English tutor at the School of Education, Kingston University in 2004.

Academic and professional qualifications

  • PhD, Teachers' narratives of classroom talk: what are the challenges?, UCL Institute of Education
  • NPQH, , Institute of Education
  • Certificate in Media Education, , London University
  • MA, Women and Education, Sussex University
  • PGCE, , Sussex University
  • BA, English, History, Sociology, Oxford Polytechinc

Professional experience

  • 2000 - 2004
    Assistant Head (Head of Languages Faculty/Continuing Professional Development/Assessment/G&T), Selhurst High School for Boys, Croydon,
  • 1994 - 2000
    Head of English , Stockwell Park School, Lambeth
  • 1988 - 1994
    Second-in-Charge of English, Co-ordinator of Language across the Curriculum, Islington,, Highbury Grove School, Islington
  • 1985 - 1986
    Co-ordinator of Personal, Health and Social Education,, Crofton School, Lewisham
  • 1984 - 1985
    Teacher of English and Drama, Sir John Cass and Redcoat School, Tower Hamlets,

Professional registration and membership

  • Chair of NATE Multiculural Committee, The National Association for the Teaching of Englsih
  • Member of BERA Literacy SIG,
  • Member of, BERA Social Justice SIG

Research interests

Speaking and listening,teachers'challenges with classroom talk;English as an additional language (EAL),Gender,English and social justice; Stories, book talk and intercultural learning

Grants and funding

  • 2012 - present
    UKLA Grant to investigate talk in classrooms through stimulated recall
  • 2015 - 2018
    2015 Lyons 11, France 2017 Mechelen, Belgium, 2018, Namur Belgium
  • 2008 - 2008
    Erasmus teaching and mobility exchanges: 2008 Haderslev CVU, Denmark


Training in planning for talk and drama, Training in the moving image and classic texts, Training in teaching Speaking and Listening for EAL/ESL learners, Using Multicultural Literature in the Classroom


Number of items: 42.


Coultas, Valerie and Booth, Paul (2018) Exploratory talk and task-based learning : a case study of a student's learning journey on an MA (Education) English Language Teaching course. Changing English, ISSN (print) 1358-684X (Epub Ahead of Print)

Coultas, Valerie (2018) Autobiography, talk and the power of the personal in the teaching of English. English in Education, 52(2), pp. 91-104. ISSN (print) 0425-0494

Coultas, Valerie (2017) Thinking out of the exams box : assessment through talk? FORUM, 59(2), pp. 201-206. ISSN (print) 0963-8253

Coultas, Valerie (2016) BACC to a grammar and prep school curriculum. Reclaiming Schools,

Coultas, Valerie (2016) Case studies of teachers' understandings of the pedagogy of classroom talk: some critical moments explored. Literacy, 50(1), pp. 32-39. ISSN (print) 1741-4350

Coultas, Valerie (2015) Revisiting debates on oracy: classroom talk - moving towards a democratic pedagogy? Changing English, 22(1), pp. 72-86. ISSN (print) 1358-684X

Coultas, Valerie (2015) Stephen Eyers: talking about talk: a life in speaking and listening. Teaching English, 7, pp. 62-65. ISSN (print) 2051-7971

Coultas, Valerie (2014) Thinking out of the exams box: assessment through talk? Reclaiming Schools,

Coultas, Valerie (2014) Celebrating diversity : Valerie Coultas engages with multicultural literature. IATEFL Voices, 239, pp. 4-5. ISSN (print) 1814-3830

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Coultas, Valerie (2012) Let's talk about talk for learning. English Drama Media, 24, pp. 59-60. ISSN (print) 1742-5514

Coultas, Valerie (2012) Classroom talk: are we listening to teachers' voices? English in Education, 46(2), pp. 175-189. ISSN (print) 0425-0494

Coultas, Valerie (2012) Talking about multicultural literature. NATE Classroom, 17, pp. 39-41. ISSN (print) 1753-6162

Coultas, Valerie (2010) A revival of talk: the challenge for oracy in schools now. English Drama Media, 16, pp. 15-18. ISSN (print) 1742-5514

Coultas, Valerie (2009) Creating an oral assessment portfolio. Teachit English,

Coultas, Valerie (2009) A life in collaborative learning: an interview with Stuart Scott. English Drama Media, 15, pp. 43-48. ISSN (print) 1742-5514

Coultas, Valerie (2008) ‘Children can be sitting in groups but not necessarily working in groups’. Beginning Teachers reflecting on talk in Denmark and the United Kingdom. Journal of the Comenius Association, 16, pp. 29-32.

Coultas, Valerie (2007) Whole-class discussion and debate. Teachit English,

Coultas, Valerie (2006) Investigating talk in challenging classrooms - boys enjoy the power of talk. English in Education, 40(2), pp. 40-54. ISSN (print) 0425-0494

Coultas, Valerie (2006) Thinking out of the SATS box. English Drama Media, 5, pp. 58-59. ISSN (print) 1742-1554

Coultas, Valerie [Interviewer] and Wilks, John [Interviewee] (2005) English teaching: problems and possibilities. Radical Education Journal, 2, pp. 4-5.

Coultas, Valerie [Interviewee] (2004) Stop the rot with emergency rota. TES: Times Educational Supplement, 4583, p. 28. ISSN (print) 0040-7887

Coultas, Valerie (2004) They all deserve some rewards. TES: Times Educational Supplement, 4568, p. 29. ISSN (print) 0040-7887

Coultas, Valerie (2003) Unwrap the gift. TES: Times Educational Supplement, 4530, p. 21. ISSN (print) 0040-7887

Coultas, Valerie (1989) Black girls and self-esteem. Gender and Education, 1(3), pp. 283-294. ISSN (print) 0954-0253

Coultas, Valerie (1983) Thumbs down to Thatcher. Spare Rib, 134, p. 13. ISSN (print) 0306-7971

Coultas, Val (1981) Feminists must face the future. Feminist Review, 7(1), pp. 35-48. ISSN (print) 0141-7789


Coultas, Valerie (2006) Constructive talk in challenging classrooms: strategies for behaviour management and talk-based tasks. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. 176p. ISBN 9780415403436

Book Section

Coultas, Valerie (2015) We need more time for teaching with talk - not more tests. In: Blower, Christine, (ed.) Reclaiming schools : the evidence and the arguments : stand up for education. National Union of Teachers. pp. 12-13.

Coultas, Valerie (2013) English for the many not the few. In: Allen, Martin and Ainley, Patrick, (eds.) Education beyond the coalition: reclaiming the agenda. Radicaled. pp. 46-60. ISBN 9780957553828

Coultas, Valerie (2009) English. In: Cole, Mike, (ed.) Equality in the secondary school: promoting good practice across the curriculum. London, U.K. : Continuum. pp. 107-126. ISBN 9781847061010

Coultas, Valerie (2008) Reflection and professional development: becoming a creative teacher. In: Cole, Mike, (ed.) Professional attributes and practice: meeting the QTS standards. 4th ed. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 143-156. ISBN 9780415447256

Conference or Workshop Item

Coultas, Valerie and Booth, Paul (2018) Exploratory talk and task-based learning : a case study of a student’s learning journey on the MA English Language Teaching. In: London Second Language Acquisition Research Forum : Colloquium 2018; 02 Jun 2018, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Coultas, Valerie (2017) Defending the public university as a community of scholars. In: Progressive Debates : Higher Education - for Enlightenment or for the Market?; 25 Jan 2017, Kingston, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Coultas, Valerie (2016) Building communities of practice : teaching and learning : a UCU response to the Green Paper. In: Annual Festival of Learning 2016; 13 Jan - 10 Feb 2016, Kingston, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Lloyd, Beth, Booth, Paul and Coultas, Valerie (2015) Collaborative pedagogies: online learning and classroom talk. In: Annual Festival of Learning 2015; 12-16 Jan 2015, Kingston, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Coultas, Valerie [Speaker], Gwynne, Nevile M [Speaker] and Johns, Lindsay [Speaker] (2014) D'ya get me? Does proper English matter? In: Battle of Ideas 2014; 18-19 Oct 2014, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Coultas, Valerie (2013) Gender and talk revisited: autobiographical and life narrative case studies of gender and talk. In: BERA Annual Conference 2013; 03-05 Sep 2013, Brighton, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Coultas, Valerie (2013) Which way forward for the Cinderella Strand? In: NATE Conference 2013 - The Time is out of Joint: English under Pressure; 28-30 Jun 2013, Stratford-upon-Avon, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Coultas, Valerie and Hyatt, Rhiannon (2012) Collaborative teaching and collaborative learning-working in schools and HEIs to promote teacher development. In: Educational Research Forum; 15 Jun 2012, Kingston upon Thames, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Coultas, Valerie (2009) Butterfly Lion: speaking and listening observation sheet. In: London Association for Teaching of English "Reviving Talk" Conference; 17 Oct 2009, Kingston, U.K.. (Unpublished)


Coultas, Valerie (2015) Teachers' narratives of classroom talk: what are the challenges? (PhD thesis), UCL Institute of Education,

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