Department of Education

Hamish Chalmers

Departmental Lecturer

Hamish lectures and supervises on the MSc Applied Linguistics & Second Language Acquisition (ALSLA), the MSc Teaching English Language in University Settings (TELUS), and the MSc Applied Linguistics for Language Teaching (ALLT).

Hamish also convenes the Applied Linguistics Seminar Series. He is a member of the executive committee of the National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum (NALDIC). He is editor of NALDIC’s blog, and associate editor of the EAL Journal, NALDIC’s professional periodical. He is on the advisory panel for the Informed Education Choices project in collaboration with the Education Endowment Foundation and the Chartered College of Teaching.

Hamish’s research interest centres on evaluation of pedagogical approaches to teaching children who use English as an Additional Language (EAL). In particular, his research focuses on the use of the first language as a pedagogical tool for multilingual learners in English medium classrooms. His methodological interest is in randomised trials and systematic reviews.


Chalmers, H. (2019). The Role of the first language in English Medium Instruction. OUP ELT Position Paper. Available at:

Chalmers H (in preparation). First language-mediated strategies for improving linguistic proficiency and academic attainment for bilingual children aged 4-11 in non-bilingual schools: a systematic review. Campbell Systematic Reviews. Title registration available at

Chalmers H (2017). What does research tell us about using the first language as a pedagogical tool? EAL Journal. Summer, 54-58.

Chalmers H (2016). How to … inspire EAL students. Times Educational Supplement. 20 November, 42-43.

Chalmers H (2014). Harnessing linguistic diversity in polylingual British curriculum schools. Do L1 mediated home learning tasks improve learning outcomes for bilingual children? A randomised trial. Masters Dissertation. Published online by the British Council. Available at

Chalmers H (1999). Did Microsoft commission a fair test of the geographical knowledge of British children? TERSE Report. Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring, Durham University. Available online

  • Subjects Taught

    MSc Applied Linguistics

    MSc Applied Linguistics for Language Teaching

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