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
  • Multiliteracies
  • Classroom discourse
  • Bilingualism and multilingualism
  • Code switching / translanguaging
  • Systemic functional linguistics

Language learning and teaching

  • Language teacher education and development
  • Teacher cognition
  • Language learning motivation
  • English Medium Instruction (EMI), Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL), Disciplinary Literacies
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Context appropriate English Language Teaching (ELT) methodology / local pedagogies
  • English for Specific Purposes (ESP) / English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
  • English as an Additional Language and heritage language development
  • Young learners
  • 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
  • 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