Dr Anne Preston
Research Associate

 

I am a researcher in iLab:Learn, a practice-based research lab in ECLS which undertakes world-class research in education and Information Communication Technologies by combining pedagogic theory, methods and practice in situated learning applications to motivate, develop and evaluate technology enhanced learning.

My research interests lie in the role and contribution of language to understanding and designing technologies for learning, with a particular focus on language learning. To do this, I look at multimodal interaction with and around technology, design and evaluation and the application of mixed-methods.

Current projects I am working on:

- LanCook: the design and evaluation of multilingual language learning materials for use with digital interactive systems www.europeandigitalkitchen.com

- Thinking skills and language learning using digital tabletops

- Teachers' understanding of pedagogical and technological models for technology enhanced learning

- Young people's understanding of the role and use of new technologies used for educational purposes

My work is interdisciplinary and I therefore work alongside a range of people to develop knowledge and understanding in these areas, including teachers, computer scientists, programmers, digital interactionists, applied linguists, second language learning researchers and many more.  

Background

After graduating with a BA (hons) in English and French from Salford University, I worked for 2 years as a teacher of undergraduates at Université de Haute Alsace in the East of France where I delivered undergraduate English Language Teaching modules on written and oral communication, French-English translation, Literature, Culture and Civilisation and Academic Skills. I then went on to study under an ESRC studentship for a MA (Applied Linguistics and Research Methods) and a PhD (Modern Languages) at the University of Southampton. I joined Newcastle University in 2011. 

 

 

As part of my role as a researcher in technology enhanced learning, I contribute to a number of teaching areas: I run specialist seminars on educational technology for students on the MA Applied Linguistics and TESOL pathway including including Computer Assisted Language Learning, e-learning for Language Teaching and Task-Based Language Learning modules.

I am also part of the teaching teams on Research Methods in Applied Linguistics module (Introduction to Research Methods and Research Design) and Core Issues in Second Language Learning.

I supervise MA students doing dissertations on TESOL/Applied Linguistic/Technology subjects related to classroom theory and practice. I was also previously second supervisor to a PhD student doing a mixed methods study on vocabulary learning using digital technology in an instrumented kitchen.

I lead workshops on educational technology in iLab:Learn for postgraduate students, teacher trainees, teachers and many others.

Internationally, I am external examiner to PhD candidates at the National University of Modern Languages (Pakistan).

 

 

 

 

My research interests lie in the role and contribution of language to understanding and designing technologies for learning, with a particular focus on language learning. To do this, I look at multimodal interaction with and around technology, design and evaluation and the application of mixed-methods.