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.

I work across disciplines and I am motivated and passionate about collaborative and participatory research which works towards finding solutions to real-world problems. I therefore work alongside a range of people to develop knowledge and understanding in these areas, including students of all ages (and abilities), teachers, computer scientists, programmers, digital interactionists, applied linguists, second language learning researchers and many more.  

I am especially interested in the relationship between theory, technology and practice in the development of educational technologies and will be convening a symposium at the British Education Research Association conference in September 2014 where I hope this will be the subject of much discussion: Putting technology in the frame: The potential for change in pedagogic practices 

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

- Teachers and young people as co-creators of their own technological tools for learning

You can follow me on Twitter @Prestontales where I am usually engaged in some online debate about technology, language (learning) and education! 

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, Core Issues in Second Language Learning and Task-Based Language Learning modules.

I have supervised more than 25 MA 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.

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).

 

 

 

 

I work across disciplines and I am motivated and passionate about collaborative and participatory research which works towards finding solutions to real-world problems. I therefore work alongside a range of people to develop knowledge and understanding in these areas, including students of all ages (and abilities), teachers, computer scientists, programmers, digital interactionists, applied linguists, second language learning researchers and many more.  

At a more 'micro' level, my research involves studying 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 as well as design and evaluation processes and the application of mixed-methods.

I am especially interested in the relationship between theory, technology and practice in the development of educational technologies and will be convening a symposium at the British Education Research Association conference in September 2014 where I hope this will be the subject of much discussion: Putting technology in the frame: The potential for change in pedagogic practices