School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences

Staff Profiles

Dr Tony Young

Reader in Applied Linguistics and Communication

Background

Background

I was an English language teacher, Director of Studies, curriculum advisor and Head of School for the British Council and the Bell Education Trust, among others, and worked in the UK, USA, Spain, Italy and Malaysia between 1984 and 2002.  I lectured in applied linguistics and the social psychology of communication at Birkbeck, University of London between 2002 and 2004. I also did an MA in Applied Linguistics (Distinction, 1999) and a PhD (Intercultural Communicative Competence and the Teaching and Learning of English as a Foreign Language, 2007), both part time, at Birkbeck.  I joined Newcastle University in September 2004.

Roles and Responsibilities

Reader in Applied Linguistics and Communication 2017 - Present

Director of Excellence in Learning and Teaching, School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences between 2015 and 2018.

Head of the Applied Linguistics section of the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences between 2010 and 2015.

Senior Lecturer in Language and Communications, Chair of Board of Studies and Senior Tutor for the MA in Cross Cultural Communication (MACCC) programmes, and Degree Programme Director for the MACCC+ International Relations and MACCC+Education.  

I was elected the founding convenor of the British Association for Applied Linguistics Intercultural communication Special Interest Group in 2010.

2012 - 2015 I member of the University Senate.

President of the International Association of Language and Social Psychology 2014 to 2016. 

 

Qualifications

PhD University of London, 2007

MA (with Distinction) in Applied Linguistics, Birkbeck, University of London, 1999

Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults, Waltham Forest College, London, 1989

B.A.(Hons) English, University of Sussex, 1984

Memberships

International Association of Language and Social Psychology http://www.ialsp.org/
International Communication Association
Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research (Europe)
British Association for Applied Linguistics
European Second Language Association

Research

Research Interests

My research interests relate to critical perspectives on intercultural, intergroup and interpersonal communication and the social psychology of language and communication.

My recent work has focussed on:-

Communication and disability, especially dementia

Interactional and intercultural competence among professionals (teachers, health care providers, medical trainers) 

The 'International' student experience and the internationalisation of Higher Education worldwide.

Current Work

1.  With Dr Navaporn Snodin, Kasetsart University in Thailand I have a Newton Fund Advanced Fellowship to investigate internationalisation and the staff and student experience in Thai higher education.  This is a multiregional investigation, and is jointly funded by the British Academy and the Thailand Research Fund. Until 2018.

2.  I am Principal Investigator of an Erasmus+ (Horizon 2020) Project 'Critical Skills for Life and Work:  Developing the Professional Intercultural Competence of Refugee Professionals'. This is an international,  multiagency project funded by the European Commision which runs from 2017 to 2019.

3.  I am Principal Investigator of a project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council to co-design and develop assistive communications technology for people living with dementia and their carers.   https://tickettotalk.openlab.ncl.ac.uk/

3.   I am Principal Investigator on a project medical undergraduates attitudes towards dementia care and communication with people with dementia, collaborating with  Newcastle University's Institute for Ageing and Health, the Newcastle University Medical School (NUMED) in Malaysia, and the University of Malaya.  Supported by the Global Excellence and International Partnership Funds.

4. I am leading a multiprofessional and lay team in the development of a conceptual framework and toolkit to optimise communication between professionals, carers and people living with dementia (with Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust and Alzheimer's Society, UK).  A free-to-users website has been launched in this regard – DEMTALK http://www.demtalk.org.uk/


Other recent work


Which English - Investigating 'non native' speaking teachers' beliefs, attitudes and practices regarding appropriate models of English (English as a Lingua Franca, English as an International Language, 'Native speaker' varieties).  Funded by the British Council (2014 - 16).

Esteem Indicators

My work on communication and dementia won the James J Bradac Prize from the International Association of Language and Social Psychology for its outstanding contribution to the field in June 2010.

I was elected founding convenor of the Special Interest Group in Intercultural communication for the British Association for Applied Linguistics in 2010.

 

 

Teaching

Postgraduate Teaching

I am module leader for:-

CCC8001 Social Psychology of Communication

CCC8042 Culture and Intercultural Communication in English language Education 

CCC8088 Culture, Interculturality and Identity  


I also teach and supervise projects on CCC8026 Research Methods in Cross-Cultural Communication, ALT8001 Research Methods in Applied Linguistics and AGE2000 Newcastle University Ageing Generations Education (NU-AGE).

 

Publications