Julie is particularly interested in the relationship between language, culture and identity and how identity is co-constructed in discourse. She has examined the co-construction of identity in speaking tests and in media contexts. During her doctoral work, she investigated the performance of Japanese candidates in the Cambridge Speaking Tests and is interested the development of oral fluency in foreign language learning, particularly the way that corpus research on speaking is influencing materials development for language teaching.
Julie is also involved in research into Lesson Study (LS) and is a member of the Lesson Study Research Group (LSRG) at the School of Education.
Her other interests include:
- Materials development in language teaching
- Lesson Study
- Discourse Analysis/ Conversation analysis
- Intercultural pragmatics
- Media representation of speakers of other languages
Julie is a member of the Lesson Study Research Group (LSRG) at the School of Education. The group are involved in a variety of different projects related to Lesson Study. Julie is co-supervising a doctoral student who is working on a study about Intercultural Understanding in Primary Schools and Lesson Study.
Topics for Doctoral Supervision include:
Dr Norton is interested in supervising a range of topics related to her research interests. Below are some examples:
- Materials development for language teaching
- Language and Identity
- Discourse analysis
- Intercultural communication