Dr Jessica Briggs

Jessica Briggs is Departmental Lecturer in Second Language Acquisition and Course Director of the MSc Applied Linguistics & Second Language Acquisition (ALSLA).

Jessica lectures and supervises on the MSc Applied Linguistics & Second Language Acquisition (ALSLA), the MSc Teaching English Language in University Settings (TELUS), and the MSc Learning & Teaching (MLT). She is a Junior Research Fellow of Kellogg College, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a member of the Executive Committee of the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL).


  • MSc Applied Linguistics & Second Language Acquisition – University of Oxford
  • MSc Educational Research Methodology – University of Oxford
  • DPhil Education – University of Oxford
  • PGDip Learning & Teaching in Higher Education – University of Oxford


Jessica’s 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/use in informal contexts of learning; English-medium instruction (EMI); second language lexical development; and language learner strategies. Her research is currently being funded by the John Fell OUP Fund and the British Council.

Jessica Briggs would welcome informal contacts from prospective doctoral students interested in researching the following topics:

  • L2 vocabulary learning/use in English-medium instruction settings
  • The relationships between lexical coverage and L2 comprehension in academic settings
  • Second language (L2) lexical development in informal language learning contexts, including study abroad
  • Language learner strategies for vocabulary acquisition/comprehension

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

  • Smith, SA, Briggs, JG, Pothier, H, Garcia, JN (2017) “‘Mental Workouts for Couch Potatoes’: Executive Function Variation among Spanish–English Bilingual Young Adults”, Applied Linguistics.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/applin/amx038

  • Briggs, JG, Smith, SA (2017) “English Medium Instruction and Idiomaticity in English as a Lingua Franca”, Iranian Journal of Language Teaching Research. 5. (3) 27-44.

  • Rose, H, Briggs, JG, Boggs, J, Sergio, L, Ivanova-Slavianskaia, N (2017) “A systematic review of language learner strategy research in the face of self-regulation”, System.

  • 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) “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 (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 (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