Dr Jessica Briggs

Jessica Briggs is Departmental Lecturer in Second Language Acquisition and a member of the Applied Linguistics research group.

Jess lectures and supervises on the MSc Applied Linguistics & Second Language Acquisition (ALSLA) and the MSc Teaching English Language in University Settings (TELUS), and co-supervises doctoral students in Applied Linguistics and SLA. She is a Junior Research Fellow of Kellogg College and acts as College Adviser to Kellogg students in Education and related fields.

Prior to becoming an applied linguist Jess worked as an English language teacher in the UK, Hungary, Spain, France, Japan, Thailand and Cambodia. She holds an MSc in Applied Linguistics & Second Language Acquisition, an MSc in Educational Research Methodology, a Doctorate in Education and a Postgraduate Diploma in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education from the University of Oxford. Jess is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Executive Committee of the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL).


Jess’ academic interests derive from a situated cognitivist theoretical perspective and centre on the relationship between context and second language learning. She is particularly interested in second language acquisition/development in informal contexts of learning; English-medium instruction (EMI); second language lexical development; and language learner strategies. Her current research project, funded by a John Fell Fund award, is the development of a corpus of spoken language in EMI lectures in Higher Education as a means of documenting the vocabulary used by EMI lecturers and investigating the interaction patterns which emerge with reference to lexical input in EMI settings.

Book chapters

  • Briggs, JG (2017) “Grappling with originality and grounding in qualitative data analysis”, In: J McKinley, H Rose (eds.) Doing Research in Applied Linguistics: Realities, Dilemmas and Solutions. London: Routledge.

Journal articles

  • Smith, SA, Briggs, JG, Pothier, H (2017) “Exploring variation in reading comprehension among young adult Spanish–English bilinguals: The role of environmental language contact and attitudes toward reading”, International Journal of Bilingualism. 136700691769091-136700691769091.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1367006917690913

  • Briggs, JG (2016) “A mixed-methods study of vocabulary-related strategic behaviour in informal L2 contact”, Study Abroad Research in Second Language Acquisition and International Education. 1(1) 61-87.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1075/sar.1.1.03bri

  • Briggs, JG (2015) “Out-of-class language contact and vocabulary gain in a study abroad context”, SYSTEM. 53 129-140.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.system.2015.07.007

  • Briggs, JG (2015) “Pérez-Vidal, C. (ed.) (2014) Language Acquisition in Study Abroad and Formal Instruction Contexts. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company. 329 pages. ISBN:978 90 272 0531 5”, International Journal of Applied Linguistics. 25(1) 130-131.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ijal.12105

  • Briggs, JG (2015) “A context-specific research tool to probe the out-of-class vocabulary-related strategies of study-abroad learners”, International Journal of Applied Linguistics (United Kingdom). 25(3) 291-314.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ijal.12070

  • Briggs, JG (2012) “Language Learning and Study Abroad: A Critical Reading of Research”, SYSTEM. 40(2) 320-322.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.system.2012.04.006


  • Briggs, JG, Walter, C (2016) Read On! Extensive reading and young second language learners’ motivation and attitudes. Oxford University Press.

  • Walter, HC, Briggs, J (2012) What professional development makes the most difference to teachers?.


  • Briggs, JG (2014) A study of the relationships between informal second language contact, vocabulary-related strategic behaviour and vocabulary gain in a study abroad context - unpublished doctoral thesis. Department of Education, University of Oxford.


  • Department staff

College affiliation

  • Kellogg College


  • Departmental Lecturer in Second Language Acquisition

Subject area

  • MSc Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition
  • MSc/PGDip in Teaching English Language in University Settings (TELUS)

Research groups

  • Applied Linguistics
  • English Medium Instruction

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Publications, books and other work