Applied Linguistics and TESOL PhD and MPhil Supervisors

Dr Jim Askham

Research areas

  • Second language teacher education
  • Second language learner autonomy/teacher autonomy
  • Classroom-based assessment in TESOL
  • Programme evaluation in TESOL

Potential topics/projects

  • Promoting second language learner autonomy in and beyond the classroom in TESOL contexts
  • Teacher learning in novice/early-years TESOL professionals
  • Investigations of experienced TESOL teachers’ pedagogical knowledge
  • Investigations of formative assessment practices in TESOL contexts
  • Investigations of teacher learning through Lesson Study in TESOL contexts
  • Teacher-led programme evaluation in TESOL context

Professor Glenn Fulcher

Research Areas

  • Language testing and assessment
  • Educational assessment

Potential topics/projects

  • Construct definition and operationalization
  • Designing test specifications
  • Task design, prototyping and piloting
  • Content analysis for EAP or specific purposes testing
  • Investigating task difficulty
  • Designing rating scales for performance assessment
  • Interface issues in computer based testing
  • Validation
  • Pragmatic notions of validity and the philosophy of educational assessment
  • Ethics and standards in language testing practice
  • Test use, political mandates and philosophy

Dr Jim King

Research areas and potential topics/projects

  • Silence in second language (L2) or general education contexts
  • Psychological aspects of instructed language learning, particularly in relation to anxiety and emotion in the L2 classroom
  • Social anxiety and foreign language anxiety in L2 and higher education
  • Teacher emotions and emotional labour in language teaching
  • L2 teacher motivation
  • Language learner engagement
  • Group dynamics in language classrooms
  • Higher education in Japan

Dr Julie Norton

Research areas

  • Materials development in language teaching
  • Exploring expertise in materials design
  • Evaluating materials
  • Exploring the development of a new coursebook series
  • Discourse analysis of spoken language
  • Lesson study and teacher professional development
  • Methodology in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Intercultural communication

Potential topics/projects

  • Materials development in language teaching (e.g. Exploring expertise in materials design; evaluating materials; exploring the development of a new coursebook series)
  • Discourse analysis of spoken language (e.g. how teachers co-construct pedagogical knowledge through talk)
  • Lesson study and teacher professional development
  • Methodology in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (particularly developing speaking and listening skills)
  • Intercultural communication (e.g. developing intercultural pragmatic competence)

Dr Pam Rogerson Revell

Research areas

  • Workplace discourse
  • Phonology and pronunciation teaching
  • Intercultural business communication
  • Computer Assisted Language Learning
  • English as an International Language

Potential topics/projects

  • Issues of participation and performance in international (business) interactions
  • Pronunciation and intelligibility in English as a Lingua Franca contexts
  • The use of technologies to enhance (distance) language learning

Dr Nick Smith

Research areas

  • Corpus linguistics: e.g. corpus design and compilation, annotation, collocation, keywords analysis, other methodological aspects
  • English grammar, lexis and lexicogrammar
  • Variation and change in current or recent English: particularly grammatical and lexical change in recent centuries and decades
  • Register analysis, including spoken, written and new media language

Potential topics/projects

  • Corpus linguistics (methodology, application and analysis)
  • English grammar and lexicogrammar
  • Language change in English
  • Using corpora for language learning/teaching
  • Spoken, written and new media language
  • Regional and social variation in English, including British and American English, World Englishes, and regional English varieties

Dr Agneta Svalberg

Research Areas

  • Language learning
  • English grammar
  • Grammar teaching and learning
  • Academic writing
  • Teacher grammar awareness

Potential topics/projects

  • Online and face-to-face engagement with language
  • Complex dynamic processes in language teaching and learning (e.g. in collaborative group work)
  • Language awareness approaches to language teaching
  • Teachers’ language awareness
  • Teaching/learning of tense and aspect

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