School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences

Applied Linguistics

Applied Linguistics

Overview

The work of the Applied Linguistics & Communication Research Group encompasses a range of research interests related to language and communication.

Interests

Our main areas of research expertise are:

  • Second language learning and teaching
  • Technology for language teaching and learning
  • Intercultural communication
  • Social and professional interaction

Our researchers draw upon a wide variety of research approaches, including various forms of discourse and interaction analysis, corpus linguistics, multimodality, social psychology, quantitative statistical analyses, interview-based research, and ethnographic fieldwork.

Within Newcastle University, the expertise of our staff is utilised in a number of research groups, such as the Centre for Learning and Teaching (CfLaT), iLAB:learn, the Centre for Research in Linguistics and Language Sciences (CRiLLS), the Micro-Analysis Research Group (MARG), and Pro-Com.

Outside of Newcastle University, our staff are active in a range of national and international research and professional networks. We have research collaborators in Japan, China, Thailand, the United States, Denmark, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Austria, Germany and Turkey. We are part of formal international research groups. These include the British Association of Applied Linguistics and International Association of Language and Social Psychology.

 

 

Learn & Teach

Our research focuses on second language learning and teaching.

We look at advancing theory-grounded practical outcomes for second-language use. We do this both in the context of the classroom and outside it.

We've looked at a range of topics, including how to inform teaching practice through models of second language/bilingual development. Another recent topic is understanding patterns of language use in learners and teachers through corpus and discourse analysis.

Recent research themes and grants have addressed:

  • language learning in a digital kitchen for French and other languages
  • challenges facing international higher-education students
  • bilingual cognition
  • oral proficiency in Chinese learners of English
  • multi-modal corpora

Language Learning and Teaching staff

Dr Mei Lin
Senior Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5070

Professor Paul Seedhouse
Professor of Educational and Applied Linguistics

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8873

Professor Steve Walsh
Professor of Applied Linguistics

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5094


Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7797

Interaction

We look at social and professional interaction in institutional and non-institutional settings.

We are interested in understanding – and improving – communication in language learning, intercultural and professional contexts.

We do this by examining how language and social interaction is managed in order to perform social and professional activities, to achieve understanding, and to deal with miscommunication. We are particularly interested in international settings, where people come from different language or cultural backgrounds.

In our research, we record real-life communication events, and analyse them using a range of micro-analytic research methodologies, including interaction analysis, conversation analysis, membership categorisation analysis, and discourse analysis.

Our work looks at phenomena such as:

  • second language learning
  • classroom discourse 
  • interactional competence
  • English as a lingua franca
  • multilingualism
  • professional interaction

Current and recent research projects include:

• Language classrooms
• Language speaking tests
• Lesson planning meetings
• One-to-one writing tutorials at a university
• Multilingual university meetings
• Haggling in marketplaces
• Multilingual theatre rehearsals

Researchers and research students from across the University regularly meet to discuss research and data analysis, as part of our Micro-Analysis Research Group (MARG).

Interaction staff

Interaction

Dr Adam Brandt
Lecturer in Applied Linguistics

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6593

Dr Alan Firth
Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5273

Dr Spencer Hazel
Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics & Communication

Dr Christopher Leyland
Lecturer in Applied Linguistics

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0)191 222 6000 (ext. 7384)

Professor Paul Seedhouse
Professor of Educational and Applied Linguistics

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8873

Professor Steve Walsh
Professor of Applied Linguistics

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5094

Communication

Teaching and research in Cross Cultural Communication have long been well represented here.

The Master’s degree (combined with any one of six possible sub-specialisms) attracts more than 50 students a year.

Our research interests lie in challenging ‘essentialist’ notions of culture. We see‘culture’ as shared, not tightly bounded, as well as being contested and dynamic.

Much of the teaching and research adopts interpretive perspectives on ‘culture’. This necessitates detailed, contextualised investigations of how cultural groupings are socially accomplished.

We look at this in the forms of:

  • professionals and their various types of clients
  • ethnic groups
  • multilingual backgrounds
  • genders

Cross Cultural Communication staff

Dr Adam Brandt
Lecturer in Applied Linguistics

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6593

Dr Alan Firth
Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5273

Dr Elaine Lopez
Lecturer in Applied Linguistics and TESOL

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6564

Dr Alina Schartner
Lecturer in Applied Linguistics

Email:
Telephone: + 44 (0) 191 208 8567

Dr Peter Sercombe
Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5657

Dr Tony Young
Senior Lecturer in Language & Communication

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7515

Teach & Technology

We have a long history of research in the area of language learning and teaching using technology.

The main focus has been on exploring ways in which technology can:

  • help effective language learning
  • describe and analyse the language promoted by the use of technology
  • investigate issues in second language learning

Topics the group has explored include:

  • collaborative reading on the tabletop computer
  • collaborative online language learning
  • automatic computer-based feedback on writing
  • self-directed multimedia language learning

Current funded projects include language learning in the wild (the digital kitchen) and Games Online for Basic Language Learning.

Language Teaching and Technology staff

Professor Paul Seedhouse
Professor of Educational and Applied Linguistics

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8873


Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7797