Dr Agneta Svalberg

Dr Agneta SvalbergSenior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics

BA Linguistics (Lund) PhD Linguistics (Sydney)

Senior Fellow HEA

Tel: +44 (0)116 229 7503
Email: amls2@le.ac.uk

Personal details

BA, PhD

I lived in Greece and Mexico where I worked as a Foreign Language teacher of English. These experiences developed an interest in the workings of English grammar resulting in a PhD thesis on tense-modality-aspect in English and Modern Greek (University of Sydney, Australia). Following this, I lectured in Applied Linguistics at Universiti Brunei Darussalam where I developed an interest in non-standard use of grammar, and grammar teaching pedagogy.

I joined the University of Leicester in 2000 and teach on the MA TESOL and MA Applied Linguistics and TESOL programmes, both the campus-based and distance learning options. I also tutor and supervise PhD students.

Teaching

I teach on the following modules for the courses listed below:

MA Applied Linguistics and TESOL (Campus-based):

  • ED7044 Grammar Awareness
  • ED7043 Second Language Learning
  • ED7000/7031 Research Methods for Dissertation/Professional Enquiry

MA Applied Linguistics and TESOL (Distance Learning):

  • I am module convenor for ED7503 Grammar Awareness

I supervise PhD students within her areas of interest, and teaches on the Doctoral Studies Research Methods programme.

In my teaching and supervision, I strive to develop learning opportunities, and the ability of the students to perceive and take advantage of those opportunities. In my teaching of grammar she uses a Language Awareness approach which encourages students' engagement with authentic language use in collaborative tasks.

Publications

Selected publications

  • Svalberg, A. M-L. (2016). The Eric Hawkins Lecture - Language Awareness research: where we are now. Special Issue. Language Awareness: Achievements & Challenges. Language Awareness. 25(1)
  • Svalberg, A. M-L. (2015). Understanding the Complex Processes in Developing Student Teachers' Knowledge About Grammar. In Kubanyiova, M. and Feryok, A. (eds) Special Issue on Language Teacher Cognition in Applied Linguistics Research: Revisiting the Territory, Redrawing the Boundaries, Reclaiming the Relevance. Modern Language Journal. 99(3), 529-545.
  • Finkbeiner, C. & Svalberg, A. M-L. (Eds.) (2015). Language Awarenes; Awareness Matters - Language, Culture, Literacy. London: Routledge.
  • Svalberg, A. M-L. and Askham, J. (2015). A dynamic perspective on student language teachers' different learning pathways in a collaborative context. In King, J. (Ed.)The dynamic interplay between context and the language learner. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp.172-193.
  • Svalberg, A. M-L. & Askham, J. (2014). Student teachers' collaborative construction of Grammar Awareness: The case of a highly competent learner. Language Awareness, 23(1-2), 122-136.
  • Fulcher, G. & Svalberg, A. M-L. (2013). Limited Aspects of Reality: Frames of reference in language assessment. International Journal of English Studies, 13(2). Second language testing: Interfaces between Pedagogy and Assessment. pp.1-20.
  • Svalberg, A. M-L. (2013). Language Learning and Teaching: Teaching for Language Awareness. In Chapelle, C. A. (Ed.) The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics, Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Svalberg, A. M-L. (2012a). Language Awareness in language learning and teaching: A research agenda. Language Teaching, 45/3: 376-388.
  • Svalberg, A. M-L. (2012b). Peer Interaction, Cognitive Conflict and Anxiety on a Grammar Awareness Course for Language Teachers. Language Awareness, 21/1-2: 137-156.
  • Svalberg, A. M-L. (2009). Engagement with Language: Developing a Construct.  Language Awareness, 18(3-4), 242-258.
  • Svalberg, A. M-L. (2007). Language Awareness and Language Learning.  Language Teaching, 40(4), 287-308.

View a full list of publications.

Research

My interest in the principles which underlie the theory and practice of Language Awareness informs my own teaching. I am currently exploring the use of factual and literary texts, and a cooperative approach, to raise English Foreign Language Teachers' awareness of grammar in context.

My main research interests focus on the use of grammar (e.g. non-standard), the teaching and learning of grammar and Language Awareness (http://www.lexically.net/ala/la_defined.htm ) My other interests include peer interaction, tense, aspect, modality in English and other languages and textual borrowing (plagiarism) and attitudes to knowledge.

I am a committee member and trustee of the Association for Language Awareness (ALA) - an international, multidisciplinary organization (http://www.languageawareness.org/mission.php) which promotes Language Awareness and holds international conferences every two years. (www.languageawareness.org)

Supervision

My interest in the principles which underlie the theory and practice of Language Awareness informs my own teaching. I am currently exploring the use of factual and literary texts, and a cooperative approach, to raise English Foreign Language Teachers' awareness of grammar in context.

I would particularly welcome applicants interested in teachers' or learners' Language Awareness, including the learning/teaching of grammar, and Engagement With Language.

Issues being investigated by some of my recent and current supervisees include:

  • The use of cooperative learning to enhance oral skills (Meixao Lin)
  • Power relations in institutional texts in higher education (Raymond Sheehan)
  • Trained peer tutoring in a University Writing Centre (Maria Eleftheriou)

Other ongoing Doctoral thesis research projects by my students include classroom intervention studies on aspects of grammar teaching/learning/awareness raising.

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