Department of Education

Language and Educational Practices

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This research cluster comprises researchers with interests in the role of language and communication in the internationalisation of education.

Our aim is to develop and support high quality research that leads to greater understanding among people through the learning, teaching and use of language.

Research areas

Language and communication

  • Global Englishes, English as a Lingua Franca (ELF), and English as an International Language (EIL)
  • Intercultural communication in educational and professional contexts
  • Language, culture and identity
  • Language socialisation
  • Language policy
  • Literacies
  • Classroom discourse
  • Bilingualism and multilingualism
  • Code switching / translanguaging

Language learning and teaching

  • Language teacher education and development
  • Teacher cognition
  • Language learning motivation in context
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Learner autonomy
  • Context appropriate ELT methodology / local pedagogies
  • English for Specific Purposes (ESP) / English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
  • English Medium Instruction (EMI)
  • English as an Additional Language and heritage language development
  • Content and Language Integrated learning (CLIL)
  • Young learners
  • Large and multi-grade classes
  • L2 writer instruction and identity
  • Vocabulary learning and teaching
  • Feedback practices in education

Research approaches and methods

Our members have expertise in a wide range of research approaches and methods, including the following:

  • Linguistic ethnography
  • Case study
  • Fieldwork: classroom observations, interviews, etc.
  • Action research
  • Narrative enquiry
  • Discourse analysis, including critical and multimodal approaches
  • Corpus-based discourse analysis
  • Analysis of academic and professional discourse
  • Surveys and large quantitative datasets

Our expertise

Our members have carried out research and taught on six continents, working with students and educators at all levels and in many different types of educational institution.

Current research projects

Research Funder
The influence of language policy and practices on MA dissertation writing: A comparative study between a bilingual South African university and a UK university Univesrity of Bath
Managing postgraduate student expectations: an online unit University of Bath
Family language policy: A multi-level investigation of multilingual practices in transnational families ESRC
Conceptualisations of pedagogical contexts and development of appropriate pedagogies: A multiple-case study of pre-service language teachers working in peripheral urban state schools in São Paulo University of Bath
The role of written feedback in the development of language awareness: A multiple case study of courses on English for academic purposes at two different higher education institutions University of Bath
English medium Instruction (EMI) in a multilingual Francophone context: An investigation of the learning strategies and resources of primary school children in Cameroon British Council
Obstacles to academic writing: Experiences of in-sessional students University of Bath
Pedagogies for promoting transcultural competence University of Bath
The influence of language policy and practices on MA dissertation writing: A comparative study between a bilingual South African university and a UK university, with Dr Marcelyn Oostendorp (Stellenbosch University) University of Bath
Chinese learners' perceptions and constructions of British academic culture British Academy HD081X
Feedback provision and the development of language awareness in pre-service EFL teachers in Argentina: A Cognitive Dimension University of Bath
Postgraduate students’ and tutors’ knowledge, perceptions, and beliefs about feedback provision: A multiple case study across the disciplines Higher Education Academy
Conceptualisations of pedagogical contexts and development of appropriate pedagogies: A multiple-case study of pre-service language teachers working in peripheral urban state schools in São Paulo  

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