Renyu completed her BA degree in Psychology at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada) and her MPhil degree in Education at University of Cambridge.
During her MPhil study, she worked with children aged 4 to 6 years to investigate the relationship between bilingualism, vocabulary size, and inhibitory control, and also to validate a novel app designed to assess early language development. For her Dphil study at Oxford, Renyu aims to explore the factors that might affect L2 pronunciation learning in young children and the interaction between children’s L1 and L2. She is particularly interested in the psychological factors that might influence a child’s L2 pronunciation.
Prior to studying at Oxford, Renyu worked as Research Assistant at the Assessment Research Group at British Council for one year and a half. She was involved in various projects, including gap analysis on reading demand and reading ability, participant feedback questionnaire design and analysis, design and recruitment for a new EAP task study, etc.
Abbey is a Probationary Research Student in the Department of Education, in collaboration with the Department of Engineering.
Before joining the DPhil program, Abbey obtained a B.A. in Applied Linguistics with minors in Russian and Chinese from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an MSc in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition from the University of Oxford. She was the recipient of a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship through U.S. Department of State for study in Russia and was awarded two Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for study in both Russia and China. She holds both TESOL and TEFL certificates and has taught English as a Second Language in various contexts to a wide variety of learner populations.
Abbey’s main research interests lie in the use of technology to facilitate language learning. Her DPhil research focuses on the development of a virtual reality program to bridge the gaps that students face when learning languages through distance learning.
Our department buildings may be closed but our department is still open and accepting applications for the last few places on our range of graduate courses for the forthcoming 2020-2021 academic year. If you’re yet to apply to one of the following courses, it’s not too late. We will be accepting applications until the courses are full, with all our admissions processes fully operating by online means.
Interviews for all courses are now being held virtually instead of in person. For more information about this and other changes to the admissions process related to the coronavirus, please visit the main University website at: www.ox.ac.uk/students/coronavirus-advice/offer-holders-and-applicants.
The following courses are still open and accepting applications:
- DPhil Education (full time and part time)
- MSc Applied Linguistics for Language Acquisition (full time)
- MSc Applied Linguistics for Language Teaching (part time)
- MSc Educational Assessment (part time)
- MSc Education – Child Development and Education (full time)
- MSc Education – Comparative and International Education (full time)
- MSc Education – Higher Education (full time)
- MSc Education – Research Design and Methodology (full time and part time)
- MSc Learning and Teaching (part time)
- MSc Teacher Education (part time)
For more information about these courses, please visit our website at: http://www.education.ox.ac.uk/programmes/. Everything you need to know about making an application is available on the University of Oxford website at: http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions /graduate/applying-to-oxford/application-guide. If after reading this information you still have questions, please get in touch with us. You will find the contact details on the relevant course pages on our website.
We are also still accepting applications for our ‘outstanding’ Ofsted-rated PGCE in the following subjects:
- PGCE Chemistry
- PGCE Geography
- PGCE Mathematics
- PGCE Modern Foreign Languages (Mandarin, French with German, French with Spanish, Spanish with French)
- PGCE Religious Education
- PGCE Physics
Our PGCE programme runs on a full-time basis and provides training to students for the teaching of a variety of subjects at secondary school level. You can find out how to apply, on the University of Oxford website at: https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/courses/pgce. Generous bursaries are available for these courses (up to £28,000 in some cases). You can find more information about them here: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/funding-my-teacher-training/bursaries-and-scholarships-for-teacher-training. If after reading this information, you require further assistance, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We regret that the following courses are now full for 2020-2021. Admissions for the entry in the 2021-2022 academic year will be accepted from September 2020:
- PGCE Biology
- PGCE English
- PGCE History
- PGCE Modern Foreign Languages (French, German with French)
Closure of these courses is solely a reflection of the fact that all available places have been filled; we have not made any temporary closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Applications for all our courses for the 2021-2022 academic year can be made from September 2020. Please continue to check our website for more information.
The latest official COVID-19-related advice for applicants and offer holders, as set by the University, can be accessed here.
The department’s 2018-19 annual report is now available to download. The report documents the department’s activities and achievements across the last academic year and offers an opportunity to discover the research and teaching programmes that we facilitated during 2018-19.
- Activities from our 100th anniversary year, including a timeline of department milestones from 1919 to 2019
- Research, impact, engagement and knowledge exchange activities from across our three research themes
- Teaching and learning achievements, from scholarship awards to alumni career destinations
- A recap of our top news and events, including an infographic summarising our year in review
Download the report here.
The English Medium Instruction (EMI) Symposium is a one-day symposium held every other year at the University of Oxford, Department of Education for students, researchers, and practitioners to convene and discuss the latest trends, experiences and findings in research on the teaching of academic subjects through English. The symposium invites keynote speakers to share their work on EMI, offering a global perspective with experts from different countries presenting on the realities of EMI in their local context.
This year, the symposium is pleased to announce Professor David Lasagabaster (University of the Basque Country), and Yuen Yi Lo, (Associate Professor, The University of Hong Kong) as its keynote speakers. In addition, a number of individual presentations will also be delivered by students, researchers, and practitioners from across the EMI field.
The event is open to the public and registration is required.
About the speakers
David Lasagabaster is Professor of Applied Linguistics at the university of the Basque Country. His research interests revolve around bilingualism and multilingualism, language attitudes and motivation, EFL, CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning), EMI (English-medium Instruction), and Internationalisation in Higher Education. He is currently leading a research project on’ Team teaching in English-Medium instruction programmes at university’ in which seven European universities are involved.
Yuen Yi Lo is an Associate Professor in the Division of English Language Education of the Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong. She is also the Deputy Director of the Master of Education programme. She received her doctorate at the University of Oxford and has previously worked at the Hong Kong Education University. Her research interests include bilingual education, Medium of Instruction policy, code-switching, cross-curricular collaboration and assessment. Her research has been published in Review of Educational Research, International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, Language Teaching Research and Language and Education.
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ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
In 2019, the University of Oxford’s Department of Education celebrates the 100th year since the passing of a statute creating what was known in 1919 as the University Department for the Training of Teachers. To celebrate our centenary a year-long series of activities will be delivered to address some of the department’s top initiatives for 2019, answer some of the big questions facing education today and to reveal the advancements the department has made to the study of and research in the field of education. Join us as we mark our 100th year and discover more about our anniversary here.
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Times Higher Education
Letter: A reader responding to an article about the rise of English-language courses in academia mentioning research led by Ernesto Macaro (Professor Emeritus) about the views of university lecturers on English-taught courses internationally.
Ernesto Macaro is Emeritus Professor of Applied Linguistics and a Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College, University of Oxford.
Ernesto was Director of the Department of Education from 2013 to 2016.
Before becoming a teacher educator and researcher Ernesto was a language teacher in secondary schools in the UK for 16 years during which time he obtained an MA in Applied Linguistics at the University of Warwick. During this time he was asked by Warwickshire Education Authority to design and organise professional development courses for language teachers. This led to an interest in teacher education and he obtained a post at the University of York and subsequently at the University of Reading. It was at the latter that he obtained a PhD whilst teaching on that institution’s PGCE course.
Ernesto joined the Department of Education at Oxford in 1999 and soon after introduced the area of Applied Linguistics by designing the Masters in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition. A further, largely online course, aimed at practising language teachers followed a few years Later (Msc. in Applied Linguistics For Language Teaching).
Ernesto’s current research focuses on second language learning strategies and on the interaction between teachers and learners in second language classrooms and in those where English is the medium of instruction (EMI). He has published widely in these areas and is now considered one of the leading experts on EMI. His 2018 book published by Oxford University Press is considered a landmark publication in the field.
Ernesto continues to be highly research active and is frequently called upon to give keynotes, plenary lectures and workshops in many parts of the world as well as providing consultancies on language policy. The following are a selection of research projects that he has recently been involved in or are on-going:
EMI IN TURKEY: A COLLABORATIVE EXPERIMENT
The research investigated the extent to which it is feasible and beneficial for English language specialists in Turkish universities to collaborate with academic subject specialists teaching through the medium of English in the preparation and delivery of content lessons or lectures.
Funding body: part funded by Oxford University Press
EMI IN CHINA: REFLECTING ON THE ANALYSIS OF INTERACTION
This research involved EMI content teachers audio-recording their classes. These were subsequently analysed by a language specialist according to pre-defined language features. The aim was to encourage the content teachers to reflect on their teaching (particularly on their interaction with students) and subsequently modify their pedagogy.
THE CERTIFICATION OF EMI TEACHERS IN HIGHER EDUCATION
The study sought to establish the feasibility of certifying the teaching competence of teachers teaching academic subjects through the medium of English in non-anglophone contexts. Specifically, it investigated teacher attitudes towards the kinds of competencies needed and whether it was possible and/or beneficial for the certification to be awarded at an institutional, national, or international level.
Funding Body: Fell Fund (University of Oxford)
TRANSITION FROM SECONDARY CLIL TO TERTIARY EMI IN ITALY
The research investigated the challenges faced by students transitioning from an upper secondary school CLIL classroom to EMI in Universities. Specifically, it measured the lexical knowledge needed to adequately understand lectures in the L2 (English) and the strategies that students might use to compensate for lexical deficiencies.
Funding Body: The British Council
Hamish is the Course Director of the MSc Applied Linguistics for Language Teaching (ALLT). He lectures and supervises on the MSc Applied Linguistics & Second Language Acquisition (ALSLA) and the MSc Applied Linguistics for Language Teaching (ALLT).
He is director of the International Database of Education Systematic Reviews (IDESR.org), a database of published systematic reviews in Education and a clearinghouse for protocol registration of ongoing and planned systematic reviews. He convenes the REAL (research in EAL) group at the Department. He is co-director of the Oxford Education Deanery.
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. He is also an advocate for user engagement in research and public understanding of science.
Hamish welcomes expressions of interest for doctoral study in the field of EAL, bilingualism and bilingual schooling, international schooling, and instructed language learning. He is particularly keen to hear from prospective students wishing to conduct systematic reviews and experiments in these areas.
- Chalmers, H. (Ed.) (2022). The researchED guide to English as an Additional Language. Woodbridge: John Catt Educational
- Chalmers, H., Brown, J., & Koryakina, A. (2023). Topics, publication patterns, and reporting quality in systematic reviews in language education. Lessons from the international database of education systematic reviews (IDESR). Applied Linguistics Review, doi: 10.1515/applirev-2022-0190
- Chong, S-W., Bond, M., & Chalmers, H. (2023). Opening the methodological black box of research synthesis in language education: where are we now and where are we heading? Applied Linguistics Review, doi: 10.1515/applirev-2022-0193
- Jitpaisarnwattana, N. & Chalmers, H. (2022). Can I MOOC to Catch up? The Effects of Using an LMOOC as a Remedial Tool for EFL Students in Thailand. English Language Teaching, 15(1), 37-52. doi: 10.5539/elt.v15n1p37.
- Müller, L., Morris, A., Sharples, J., Chislett, J., Rose, N., Chalmers, H. (2020). How to assess claims about cognition and learning: The ACE concepts. Impact, Issue 8, Spring 2020, 60-63.
- Chalmers, H. (2019) Why all the fuss about Randomised Trials? researchED Magazine, February 2019, 13-14.
- Chalmers, H. and Crisfield, E. (2019). Drawing on linguistic and cultural capital to create positive learning cultures for EAL learners. Impact, Issue 5, Spring 2019, 40-43.
- Chalmers, H. & Murphy, V. (2022). Multilingual Learners, linguistic pluralism and implications for education and research. In Macaro, E., & Woore, R. (Eds.) Debates in Second Language Education. Abingdon: Routledge. DOI: 10.4324/9781003008361-6.
- Murphy, V. & Chalmers, H. (2022) The impact of language learning on wider academic outcomes. In K. McManus & M. Schmid (eds.), How special are early birds?: Foreign language teaching and learning, pp. 165-188. Berlin: Language Science Press. Doi: 10.5218/zenodo.6811470
- Murphy, V. Arndt, H., Briggs Baffoe-Djan, J., Chalmers, H., Macaro, E., Rose, H., Vanderplank, R. & Woore, R. (2020). Foreign language learning and its impact on wider academic outcomes: A rapid evidence assessment. London: EEF.
- Chalmers, H. (2019) The Role of the First Language in English Medium Instruction. Oxford:OUP.