I am a Senior Lecturer in Language and Communication at Canterbury Christ Church University. Prior to working at Christ Church, my career had been in teaching English as a foreign language in adult, further and higher education institutions in the UK and France. I was also part of the MA TEFL/TESL Open Learning Programme team on a part-time basis at the University of Birmingham. I currently direct the BA English Language and Communication programme. As well as teaching on modules in that programme, I am also responsible for teaching on the PhD MA/PgDip TESOL programme and on various English Language teacher training programmes as well as on the Christ Church PhD research training programme. My academic interests lay broadly on the one hand at the interface of language and intercultural communication, and on the other hand, qualitative research methods. More specifically my interests concern how one can research and understand language and intercultural communication behaviour, how one can research and understand language and intercultural competence, and how such research and understanding can inform pedagogy and relate to teacher professionalism.
Research and knowledge exchange
I am currently supervising PhD students in the areas of intercultural communication (cultural identities & IC competence; IC in higher education), linguistic capital in higher education, social media discourse, discourses of critical thinking in second language education, and the discursive construction of ‘culture’ in second language education.
Teaching and subject expertise
My areas of expertise are in language and intercultural communication, and in research methods. At undergraduate level I teach on modules on communication (interpersonal & public), intercultural communication and researching language & communication. At postgraduate level I teach modules in the areas of (intercultural) pragmatics, research methods in TESOL, qualitative research, and assessment in language learning & teaching. I am a member of the British Association of Applied Linguistics and the International Association of Languages & Intercultural Communication.
Publications and research outputs
Anderson, . (forthcoming) '‘DFLs versus ‘Locals’- Discursive conflict on social media and the battle for regional identity'.In: Evans, D. (ed.) Language, Identity and Symbolic Culture London: Bloomsbury
Anderson, C. (March 2017) 'Ethics in Qualitative Language Education Research' In: Seyyed-Abdolhamid Mirhosseini (ed.) Reflections on qualitative research in language and literacy education New York City: Springer Publishing
Anderson, C. (2013) ‘Evaluating Qualitative Research: Issues of Reliability and Validity’ In: M. Lengeling, I.M. Pablo & J. Ashley-Shanahan Qualitative Research and Interpretation: Selection of articles from the Third International Qualitative Research Conference. Guanajuato, México: Ediciones Universitarias. pp541-562
Anderson, C. (2013) ‘Evaluating Qualitative Research: Issues of Reliability and Validity’ In: M. Lengeling, I.M. Pablo & J. Ashley-Shanahan Qualitative Research and Interpretation: Selection of articles from the Third International Qualitative Research Conference. Guanajuato, México: Ediciones Universitarias. pp541-562.
Anderson, C. (2004) ‘Review of Critical Citizens for an Intercultural World: Foreign Language Education as Cultural Politics by M. Guilherme.’ The Journal of Language, Identity and Education. 3/3:229-234.
Anderson, C. (2003) ‘Phillipson’s Children’ The Journal of Language and Intercultural Communication 3/1:81-95.
Anderson, C. (2002) ‘Review of Foreign Language and Culture Learning from a Dialogic Perspective by C. Morgan & A. Cain.’ BAAL News 72/Autumn: 26-28.
Anderson, C. (2002) ‘Review of Language Learners as Ethnographers by C. Roberts, M. Byram, A. Barro, S. Jordan & B. Street’ BAAL News 71/ Summer: 27-30
Anderson, C. (2002) 'Understanding texts, understanding cultures' In: Zaki, A. & M. Najbi (eds) The Teaching and Assessment of English for Global Purposes: Proceedings of MATE 21st Annual Conference pp145-162.
Anderson, C. (2002) 'Subject Knowledge and the ESP professional' In: Zaki, A. & M. Najbi (eds) The Teaching and Assessment of English for Global Purposes: Proceedings of MATE 21st Annual Conference pp133-143