Dr Shazré Sarfraz

Shazré Sarfraz

Senior Tutor

Qualifications: PhD, MPhil, MA, BA, CELTA

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About Shazré

I was fortunate to be born and raised in Pakistan, a multi-lingual environment that instilled in me varied language abilities. At an early age, I was introduced to two languages: Urdu as the local language, and English as the first language of instruction at school. In light of the importance of English as a global language and the growing need for qualified English language teachers, I did not hesitate when presented with a work opportunity to teach English at a fairly young age, and was determined to make a long-term career in this field. To pursue my career, I completed my university education with a Master’s Degree and later a Master’s of Philosophy in English Language Teaching. In between, I did CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults). I relocated to New Zealand to attain a Doctor of Philosophy in Education at the University of Waikato. Throughout my full-time university education, I concurrently taught English as a second language for both general and academic purposes at Waikato Pathways College. In addition, I also have experience teaching English at the tertiary level in Ireland, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia. Currently, I work as a senior tutor at the Centre for Tertiary Teaching and Learning, and my role involves facilitating doctoral writing workshops and contributing to the professional learning of (casual) teaching staff.

Papers Taught

Research Supervised

Mr. Muwafaq Al-tamimi (in progress)

Research Interests

I am an active reflective practitioner and reflect on my teaching to recognise my strengths, and find areas of improvement for future teaching. This consistent and constant self-reflection has made me cognisant of my own teaching skills. In this way, my own experiences as a teacher inform my research. Broadly, my research responds to tertiary level, English language teachers' formative and summative assessment. It explores the potential for teacher assessment to instigate professional learning particularly through the means of peer observation and reflection. The core of my research is targeted at assessment necessarily focusing on the processes of learning and ways in which teachers could learn after the point of assessment. My work primarily resides within tertiary professional learning contexts, language teacher education and training, from the perspectives of both practitioners and policy. One of the main highlights of my research is the emphasis on the experiential learning approach that promotes learning through reflecting on pertinent experiences in a systematic and structured manner.


Assessment and Evaluation in Education; English; Language/Literacy/Linguistics; Teacher Education; Teacher Professional Learning/Development; Teaching and Learning; Teaching English as a second language/English as an additional language

Contact Details

Room: M.1.04
Phone: 4866