Department of Education

Jessica Briggs Baffoe-Djan

Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition

College Affiliation: Kellogg College

Jessica Briggs Baffoe-Djan is Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition and Course Director of the MSc Applied Linguistics & Second Language Acquisition (ALSLA).

A member of the Applied Linguistics and English Medium Instruction research groups, Dr Briggs Baffoe-Djan lectures and supervises on the MSc ALSLA, the MSc Applied Linguistics for Language Teaching (ALLT), the MSc Learning & Teaching (MLT), and the DPhil Education.

Prior to pursuing an academic career Jessica worked as an English language teacher for over a decade in the UK and overseas. She holds an MSc in Applied Linguistics & Second Language Acquisition, an MSc in Educational Research Methodology, a DPhil in Education and a PGDip in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education from the University of Oxford.

Jessica’s academic interests derive from a situated cognitivist theoretical perspective and centre on non-instructed second language learning among adults. She is particularly interested in second language acquisition/development/use in informal contexts of learning; English-medium instruction (EMI); study abroad; second language lexical development; and language learner strategies. Her research is currently funded by EMI Oxford and the British Council.

Jessica 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).

Doctoral Applications

Dr Briggs Baffoe-Djan welcomes doctoral applications from students interested in the following research areas:

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

Publications:

  • Featured Publications

    • BRIGGS BAFFOE-DJAN, J, Zhou, S (2020) “Close encounters of the third kind: quantity, type and quality of language contact during study abroad”, In: M Howard (ed.) Study Abroad and the Second Language Learner: Expectations, Experiences and Development. London: Bloomsbury.

    • Briggs, JG, Dearden, J, Macaro, E (2018) “English Medium Instruction: comparing teacher beliefs in secondary and tertiary education”, Studies in Second Language Learning and Teaching. Department of English Studies, Faculty of Pedagogy and Fine Arts, Adam Mickiewicz University, Kalisz, Poland.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.14746/ssllt.2018.8.3.7

    • Smith, SA, Briggs, JG, Pothier, H, Garcia, J (2017) “‘Mental workouts for couch potatoes’: Executive function variation among Spanish–English bilingual young adults”, Applied Linguistics. Oxford University Press (OUP): Policy E - Oxford Open Option D.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1093/applin/amx038

    • 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. John Benjamins Publishing Company.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1075/sar.1.1.03bri

    • Briggs, J (2015) “Out-of-class language contact and vocabulary gain in a study abroad context”, System. Elsevier.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.system.2015.07.007

  • Books

    • Rose, H, McKinley, J, BRIGGS BAFFOE-DJAN, J (2020) Data Collection Research Methods in Applied Linguistics. Bloomsbury Academic.

  • Book chapters

    • BRIGGS BAFFOE-DJAN, JESSICA, Smith, SA (2020) “Data Descriptive Statistics in Data Analysis”, In: H ROSE, J McKinley (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Research Methods in Applied Linguistics. Routledge.

    • BRIGGS BAFFOE-DJAN, J, Zhou, S (2020) “Close encounters of the third kind: quantity, type and quality of language contact during study abroad”, In: M Howard (ed.) Study Abroad and the Second Language Learner: Expectations, Experiences and Development. London: Bloomsbury.

    • 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. 182-191

  • Journal articles

    • Barrass, J, BRIGGS BAFFOE-DJAN, J, ROSE, H, Boggs, J (2020) “Intelligibility and comprehensibility of Korean English speakers’ phonological features in lingua franca listening contexts”, The Journal of AsiaTEFL.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.18823/asiatefl.2020.17.1.8.124

    • Smith, SA, BRIGGS BAFFOE-DJAN, J (2019) “It takes two to make a thing go write: Self-reported Spanish reading and writing skill and relationships with digit span and stroop task performance among Spanish-English bilinguals”, International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/13670050.2019.1667949

    • Rose, HL, Briggs, JG, Boggs, JA, Sergio, L, Ivanova-Slavianskaia, N (2018) “A systematic review of language learner strategy research in the face of self-regulation”, System. 72 151-163.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.system.2017.12.002

    • Briggs, JG, Dearden, J, Macaro, E (2018) “English Medium Instruction: comparing teacher beliefs in secondary and tertiary education”, Studies in Second Language Learning and Teaching. 8(3) 675-698.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.14746/ssllt.2018.8.3.7

    • 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.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1177/1367006917690913

    • 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.

    • Smith, SA, Briggs, JG, Pothier, H, Garcia, J (2017) “‘Mental workouts for couch potatoes’: Executive function variation among Spanish–English bilingual young adults”, Applied Linguistics.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1093/applin/amx038

    • 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://doi.org/10.1075/sar.1.1.03bri

    • Briggs, J (2015) “Out-of-class language contact and vocabulary gain in a study abroad context”, System. 53 129-140.
      DOI: http://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://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://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://doi.org/10.1016/j.system.2012.04.006

  • Reports

    • Macaro, E, BRIGGS BAFFOE-DJAN, J, ROSE, H, di Sabato, B, Hughes, B, Cuccurullo, D, Coonan, CM, Menegale, M, Bier, A (2019) Transition from secondary school CLIL to EMI at university: Initial evidence from research in Italy. Online: British Council.

    • 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?.

  • Other

    • 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.

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