Dr Mei Lin
Lecturer

  • Email: mei.lin@ncl.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5070
  • Address: Room 2.24 KGVI
    School of Education, Communication & Language Sciences
    King George VI Building
    Newcastle University
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE1 7RU
    UK

Introduction

I am Degree Programme Director of the MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). Prior to joining the TESOL team, I have taught English as a foreign language at a secondary school and universities in China for 10 years, and worked on national research projects on educational policies and thinking skills in England.

Background

Mei is Degree Programme Director of the MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). Prior to joining the TESOL team, she has taught English as a foreign language at a secondary school and universities in China for 10 years, and worked on national research projects on educational policies and thinking skills in England.

Roles and Responsibilities

Degree Programme Director for MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL
Chair of Board of Studies
Chair of Staff and Student Committee
Engagement coordinator
Coordinator of ECLS with INTO
Member of Board of Examiners

Qualifications

BA in English
MA in English Linguistics and English Language Teaching
PhD in Education

Memberships

IATEFL (International Association of Teaching of English as a Foreign Language)
Asia TEFL
BAAL (The British Association for Applied Linguistics)
CRiLLS (Centre for Research in Linguistics and Language Sciences)

Research Interests

Professional development of second language teachers (esp. mediation and classroom discourse); teaching speaking and vocabulary; critical reading and writing in L2, and thinking skills in general English classes; collaborative learning; learning strategies and learner autonomy; language maintenance; bilingual code-switching, and bilingual education.

Other Expertise

Mandarin Chinese, educational policies, systems and foreign language teaching and learning in China
From 1997-2006 Mei was secretary of Chinese Centre of North East of England.
She set up a Sunday Mandarin Chinese school in Newcastle and was head teacher from 1998-2004.

Current Work

Co-researcher on a transition project that explores the main difficulties that international students encountered and strategies adopted at the Master’s level of academic study in a new cultural context, with a particular focus on students’ understanding of critical thinking and process of academic writing.
Researching into feasibilities of integrating teaching thinking into the EFL curriculum as a compulsory subject, and impacts on teaching pedagogy, learning motivation and learning English in use.

Future Research

Integrating teaching thinking into secondary EFL curriculum
Higher order thinking in developing L2 speaking, reading and writing competence and proficiency

Research Roles

Co-researcher on ‘Transition: International Postgraduate Students’ Transitions: linguistic, academic and engagement in learning’, 2011-
Co-researcher on ‘Transition: International Postgraduate Students’ Transitions: linguistic, academic and intercultural’, 2009.
Co-researcher on ‘Six Thinking Hats and Developing Thinking Skills of English Major Students at Fuzhou University’ 2009-2012, Fuzhou, China.
Consultant for a project on ‘Curriculum Design and College English’, Hohai University, Changzhou, China. 2009-
Co-Principal Investigator with Sue Robson on ‘Developing and Evaluating a Model for Thinking Skills Intervention in the Asian Context’, funded by the British Council China Studies Grant. 2000- 2004.
Project team for ‘An Evaluation of Thinking Skills Taxonomies for Post-16 Learners’ funded by LSDA 2002-3 led by David Moseley.

Postgraduate Supervision

Mei is currently supervising 5 PhD students researching on pre-service teacher development, higher order thinking of postgraduates in writing, and integrating teaching thinking into L2 classes at different levels. She will be willing to supervise students who are interested to investigate processes of developing a critical voice in L2 (using reflective tools, e.g. Think Aloud), reciprocal roles of critical reading and writing in L2, or ways to help teachers generate higher order thinking talk to improve L2 speaking, reading and writing skills.

1st supervision
Melanie Cocks (PhD): higher-order thinking skills of the postgraduate researcher, UK
Yu Huang (PhD) Collaborative learning in reading at secondary schools
Darett Naruemon (IphD): Evaluation of English Language Teacher Education Programme, Thailand
Yue Lin (IphD) Infusing higher order thinking skills in secondary school in China (reading and writing).
Chien Kuo Lee (IphD) Developing communicative competence through drama-based activities in an EFL secondary classroom in Taiwan.

Successful PhDs:
Mamour Turuk (Developing Critical Thinking Skills through Integrative Teaching of Reading and Writing in ESL Writing Classroom, Sudan)
Mei-hui Chen (Infusing thinking skills into speaking an L2 classroom, Taiwan)

Esteem Indicators

Mei is a visiting professor, Fu Zhou University, China, 2010-2013.
A successful bid for a thinking skill research project in L2 classes, and received national recognition in China in the Fifth round of Chinese National Grants for Foreign Language Education, 2010
Consultant for Curriculum Reform and College English Teaching, a 11th 5 Year Plan project in Jiangsu Province, China by Hohai University, 2009-2011
Reviewer of papers for the BAAL and AILA conferences 2009-
Reviewer for Genesee, F. et al. Review of Educating English Language Learners: A Synthesis of Research Evidence. For ‘British Journal of Educational Studies’ 2007
External examiner for PhD student in teacher development at Northumbria University

Projects

Postgraduate Teaching

Module leader:
Introduction to TESOL
Thinking Skills in English Language Teaching
Bilingualism and Bilingual Education

Contributor:
Research Methods in Applied Linguistics
Pedagogical Grammar and Lexis