Applied Linguistics

There is a major emphasis on critical qualitative research into social and cultural issues in language education; but there is also interest in grammar, discourse and pragmatics. Applicants should have a master’s degree.

General enquiries should be directed to the co-ordinator Professor Adrian Holliday.

Available MPhil and PhD supervisors

Dr Pamela Aboshiha:

  • the non-native / native speaker debate in English language teaching.
  • teacher training and development.
  • issues in Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL).

Dr Chris Anderson:

  • social, political and cultural issues in language education, pedagogy and learning/acquisition
  • cross-cultural pragmatics and intercultural communication
  • discourse and discourse; sociolinguistics.

Richard Cullen:

  • the role of classroom interaction and teacher talk in second language learning through analyses of lesson transcripts
  • the evaluation of reflection on teacher education programmes
  • learning and teaching of second language grammar and phonology.

Dr Diana Freeman

  • the pedagogical content of language coursebooks
  • how teachers use coursebooks in their classroom teaching
  • action/classroom research or investigations into proposed methodologies and approaches for teaching reading, writing, speaking and listening

Professor Adrian Holliday:

  • cultural issues in TESOL professionalism
  • the politics of curriculum change
  • intercultural communication.

Dr John Kullman:

  • cultural issues in language teaching and learning, and intercultural communication
  • the education and mentoring of student teachers
  • language programme design, materials design and evaluation.

How to apply

Applicants are strongly advised to explore the research interests of available supervisors and to contact the appropriate staff member before making a formal application.

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