School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences

Staff Profiles

Dr Christopher Leyland

Lecturer in Applied Linguistics

Background

 

I was appointed Lecturer in Applied Linguistics and TESOL at Newcastle University in June 2015, after having spent one year as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow for the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science at Kobe University.

Background

I was a postgraduate student in the school of ECLS, first obtaining an MA Cross-Cultural Communication and International Relations, then a PhD in Educational and Applied Linguistics. During my time as a doctoral candidate, I taught extensively on ECLS' MA programmes Cross-Cultural Communication and Applied Linguistics and TESOL. I have a good deal of experience in language teaching, in the UK and for the JET Programme in Japan.

I am an active member of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT) and the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL). I also participate in the following interaction-based research groups: Micro-Analysis Research Group at Newcastle University and CAN-Kansai in Japan.

Research

Research Interests

Many of my research projects have revolved around JET Programme Assistant Language Teachers and their communication with school teachers in Japan. However, more recently I have extended my research into various professional contexts in the UK, such as language support tutorials and peer mentoring amongst architects.

As I am concerned with social interaction and language in use, I use the discourse analytic methodology Conversation Analysis (CA). I am particularly interested in supervising doctoral students using CA to examine some of the following areas:

    Second Language Acquisition, Language Learning and Teaching outside the classroom, Objects-in-interaction Knowledge-in-interaction, Micro-Longitudinal Research, Language Expertise, Language assessment.


    Teaching

    I contribute to various modules on the MA programmes Applied Linguistics and TESOL and Cross-Cultural Communication in ECLS. I am module leader for TESOL for Young Learners and Language Learning Approaches.

    I also supervise MA dissertations during the summer.

    Publications