Dr. Deepesh Chandrasekharan

Assistant Professor
Department of English


Educational Qualifications

  • Feb 2016: PhD, English (English Language Education), The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, India [Title: Enabling Critical Language Awareness to Enhance Secondary School Learners’ Language Capabilities in ESL Contexts]
  • May 2001: MA (English), University of Madras, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
  • May 1999: MA (Linguistics), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
  • May 1997: 4-year BAEd, Regional Institute of Education, Mysore, India
  • CELTA (Cambridge) qualified 
  • Merit scholarship holder and university rank medallist in the undergraduate programme 

Area of Research

  • Issues of language and power including multilingualism, critical pedagogy, language policy and teaching in disadvantaged contexts


Deepesh Chandrasekharan has been teaching at Shiv Nadar University Chennai for over three years now. He has post-graduate degrees in Linguistics (JNU, New Delhi) and English (University of Madras), and a PhD in English Language Education from the EFL University, Hyderabad. He taught English in well-known schools in Delhi and Doha-Qatar for eleven years before his PhD. He then taught at SSN College of Engineering Chennai for three years before joining the CLIL@India Erasmus+ project as its Executive Director. He visited the US on the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) on the theme, ‘Implementing National English Curricula in Multilingual Contexts’. He has also completed Cambridge’s CELTA with a CELTA B. His research interests have centred around issues of language and power including multilingualism, critical pedagogy, language policy and teaching in disadvantaged contexts. He has several publications and has trained teachers for over ten years.

Work Experience

  • September 2020 onwards, Shiv Nadar University, Chennai, Assistant Professor (English)
  • Jan 2019 – August 2020, Freelance Teacher-Trainer
  • June to December 2018, CLIL@India, (Erasmus+ Project), Executive Director
  • Sep 2015 – April 2018, SSN College of Engineering, Chennai, Assistant Professor (English)
  • Feb – May 2014, The English and Foreign Languages University, Malappuram Centre, Guest Faculty
  • Jul – Oct 2012, The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, Teaching Assistant
  • Apr 2005-Jun 2010, DPS-Modern Indian School, Doha, Qatar, Post Graduate teacher & HoD English
  • Jul 1999 – Mar 2005 Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s SPS, New Delhi, India, Trained Graduate teacher


  • Paper (co-authored) titled ‘Using Multiple Intelligences Approach to Enhance English Language Teaching Experiences’ accepted for publication in The IUP Journal of English Studies Vol.18, Number 3.
  • Paper (co-authored) titled ‘Localizing the Global and Globalizing the Local: A Study of Indianization in Amitav Ghosh’s ‘The Hungry Tide” published in the September 2022 issue of Literary Voice Vol.1, Number 18.
  • Paper titled ‘Harms of the Hidden Curriculum: Minimizing them for ESL Teaching in India’ published in the July 2022 issue of Language and Language Teaching Vol 11, Issue 22, Number 2. ISSN 2277-307X
  • Paper titled ‘The Limiting Nature of the Notion of ‘Mother Tongue” published in the Journal of English Language Teachers’ Interaction Forum XIII.2 Apr-Jun 2022, pp 8-10, ISSN 2230-7710.
  • Interview of Dr. NS Prabhu by Dr. Geetha Durairajan & Dr. Deepesh C published in Language and Language Teaching Vol. 7, Number 2, Issue 14, July 2018 pp 38-42.


  • Won the US State Department’s prestigious 3-week International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) fellowship on ‘Implementing National English Curricula for Multilingual Societies’ in 2018
  • University Third rank-holder in the BAEd (1997) at RIE, Mysore
  • University Second rank holder in MA Linguistics (1999) at JNU, New Delhi