We are active researchers in Applied Linguistics, TESOL and English for Academic Purposes. Our particular interests span discourse, genre, pragmatics, and the teaching, learning and assessment of English for Academic Purposes. Recent and ongoing projects within the TESOL Centre include:
- Functional grammar for EAL teachers (in collaboration with the Centre for Development and Research in Education)
- UK-India Education Connections: Scoping Reports in English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI) and Science, Technology and Mathematics (STEM) in 5 States and the N.E Region of India (funded by British Council, India)
- CPD framework for the Mathematics and Science Teaching (MAST) project (funded by British Council, India)
- Framework for Continuing Professional Development for teachers in state schools in Armenia (funded by British Council, Armenia)
- Fostering subject lecturers' commitment and capacity to engage with students' academic literacies development (in collaboration with Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden)
- Language ideologies and grading criteria
Our research is shared with local, national and international audiences through conferences, seminars, and guest lectures, and has appeared in highly-ranked international peer-reviewed journals and edited collections. These include Applied Linguistics, English Language Teaching Journal, English for Specific Purposes, Journal of English for Academic Purposes, Functional Linguistics, Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, Teaching in Higher Education, and International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.
To see our individual research interests and publications, please go to the individual staff profiles in this section.
At the TESOL Centre, we work closely with practitioners to develop research projects which are relevant to their own teaching and scholarly interests. Our goals are to improve classroom-based practice, enhance learning, and to contribute to knowledge in the field. We are proud of the research our students produce, and proud to have recently supervised a BALEAP dissertation award winner and two British Council MA dissertation commendation winners.