Studying with us

The Applied Linguistics research group is involved in the provision of a number of taught courses as well as research degrees to which we warmly welcome applications from students interested in both first and second language acquisition and their development, along with areas which cut across first and second language acquisition. These areas cover a wide range of issues and topics and some of our work overlaps with psycholinguistics, general linguistics and, to some extent, sociolinguistics.

Taught courses

Some examples of current D.Phil projects include:

Ernesto Macaro is currently working in and supervising doctoral students researching the following topics:

  • Interaction patterns in EMI secondary science classrooms in Hong Kong
  • English native speaker teachers teaching through EMI in China
  • The beliefs of Japanese university teachers with regard to EMI
  • Vocabulary learning strategies in EMI contexts
  • Receptive and productive emotion words among Korean learners of English

Victoria Murphy is currently working in and supervising doctoral students researching the following topics:

  • Language and literacy development in EAL (ELL/ESL/Language minority) children
  • Child L2 learning and bilingualism
  • Foreign language learning in primary school
  • Cognitive processes underlying L1 and L2 learning
  • Lexical development and morphosyntax in L1 and L2 learners

Heath Rose is currently working in and supervising doctoral students researching the following topics:

  • Learner attitudes towards global Englishes in Japan
  • Teacher cognition, teacher L2 selves and global Englishes in Thailand
  • Translingual practice and L1 use in EMI settings: policy and classroom practice divisions in Turkey
  • Action research projects on global Englishes in language classrooms
  • Englishization and internationalization of higher education
  • Accommodation and fluidity in world Englishes

Robert Woore is currently working in and supervising doctoral students researching the following topics:

  • An intervention study comparing different approaches to teaching French reading to beginner learners in English secondary schools (phonics / reading strategies)
  • Trialling alternative approaches to assessment in Modern Foreign Languages classrooms in English secondary schools
  • The relationship between phonological decoding and vocabulary learning: an intervention study with Chinese L1 learners of L2 English at university level
  • Transfer effects in the processing of written words in L2 English by L1 Arabic speakers
  • Motivation and task engagement amongst learners of L2 Arabic in UK secondary schools
  • Lexical stress in L2 English: an experimental comparison of the effects of explicit and implicit instruction amongst Cantonese L1 university students
  • Online informal language learning: an investigation of practices, motivations and L2 learning outcomes

Jessica Briggs is currently working in and co-supervising doctoral students researching the following topics:

  • A corpus-linguistic comparison of the lexical profiles of EMI and L1-English lectures
  • Secondary and tertiary teachers’ perceptions of EMI
  • Online informal language learning: an investigation of practices, motivations and L2 learning outcomes
  • Learner attitudes towards global Englishes in Japan
  • Teacher cognition, teacher L2 selves and global Englishes in Thailand