Linguistics at Newcastle

Staff Profile

Dr Adam Brandt

Lecturer in Applied Linguistics



I was appointed Lecturer in Applied Linguistics at Newcastle University in June 2013, having spent the previous two years as a postdoctoral research fellow at Kansai University in Osaka, Japan. Prior to that, I was a student in the School of ECLS, where I obtained my PhD, as well as an MA in Cross-Cultural Communication & Applied Linguistics and an MRes in Applied Linguistics. 

Roles and Responsibilities

In academic year 2017-2018, I am on research sabbatical until January 2018. Upon my return, I will resume the following roles:

  • Chair of the Board of Studies for Applied Linguistics & Communication
  • Degree Programme Director for MA in Cross-Cultural Communication
  • Degree Programme Director for MA in Cross-Cultural Communication and Applied Linguistics

And I have held the following roles recently:

  • DPD for the MA in CCC & Media, the MA in CCC & International Marketing and the MA in CCC & International Relations
  • Deputy Director for Excellence in Learning and Teaching in the School of ECLS
  • Applied Linguistics & Communication Research Group co-ordinator
  • Chair of the Staff-Student Committee for the MA Cross-Cultural Communication
  • Chair of the Curriculum Review Committee for the MA Cross-Cultural Communication
  • Member of the Centre for Research in Linguistics and Language Sciences (CRiLLS) Executive Committee
  • Academic liaison for CRiLLS Student Conference
  • Social media co-ordinator for the Applied Linguistics & Communication section

Invited talks

Brandt, A. (2014) One way second language speakers ensure understanding when chatting online. Seminar on Foreign Language Education: 'Beyond the Classroom: From Second Language Learning to Second Language Use', Kobe University, 4 August 2014.

Brandt, A. (2013) ‘Seeing learning’ in interaction: an overview of CA approaches to longitudinal SLA research. JALT Pragmatics SIG: CA and Language Learning, Temple University Japan, 7 September 2013.

Brandt, A. (2012) Living and studying abroad: international students in Japan. Special Public Lecture Series, Okayama University, 14 November 2012.

Brandt, A. (2012) The interactional character of an international university: students’ orientations to lingua-cultural knowledge claims in an undergraduate classroom. Applied Linguistics Research Seminar Series, Newcastle University, 15 March 2012.

Reviewing roles

    I have peer-reviewed submissions to the following international journals:

    • Applied Linguistics
    • Modern Language Journal
    • Journal of Pragmatics
    • Language and Intercultural Communication
    • Applied Linguistics Review
    • Classroom Discourse
    • Pragmatics and Language Learning
    • Novitas-ROYAL
    I also reviewed presentation proposals for the following international conferences:
    • The Japanese Society for Language Sciences Annual Conference 2012
    • The Japanese Society for Language Sciences Annual Conference 2010
    • British Association of Applied Linguistics Conference 2009


    • PhD in Applied Linguistics
    • MRes in Applied Linguistics (pass with distinction)
    • MA in Cross-Cultural Communication and Applied Linguistics (pass with distinction) 
    • BSc in Psychology (upper second class honours) from University of Sunderland



    Research Interests

    In my research, I am interested in the naturalistic observation of human social interaction, using video recordings of real-life communicative events as data. I adopt an interaction analysis methodological framework, which is informed ethnomethodological theory, and the related research methods of conversation analysis (CA) and membership categorisation analysis (MCA). I am particularly interested in applying these interaction analytic methods to the study of:

    • international and multilingual workplace settings,
    • intercultural communication,
    • second language use outside of classrooms,
    • communication technologies,
    • higher education settings.

    My PhD research, funded by the ESRC and conducted at Newcastle University, was concerned with second language speaker’s management of mutual understanding in online, voice-based chat rooms. From the same interactional setting, I have also published papers (with Dr Chris Jenks) in Language and Intercultural Communication, Discourse Processes and Language@Internet. Following my PhD, I spent two years conducting a JSPS-funded postdoctoral research project on interactions involving international students in various settings in a Japanese university. 

    I am the co-convenor of Micro-Analysis Research Group (MARG), a Faculty Research Group for staff and students interested in the analysis of human social interaction. Further information about MARG can be found here.

    Postgraduate Supervision 

    At present, I am supervising nine research students; four as first supervisor (Hanain Brohi, Yoonjoo Cho, Ufuk Girgin, Yun Pan) and five as second supervisor (Gadah Almuarik, Nimet Copur, Khadija El-Wakai, Kazuki Hata, Somporn Maneechote).

    I have also supervised five successful PhD projects to date:

    Dr Qi Chen (as first supervisor, with Prof Steve Walsh), "Shifting Embodied Participation in Multiparty University Student Meetings" , July 2017.

    Dr Aki Siegel (as second supervisor, with Prof Paul Seedhouse), "Longitudinal Development of Word Search Sequences in English as a Lingua Franca Interaction", February 2016.

    Dr Haia Al-Zaidi (as first supervisor, with Prof Paul Seedhouse), "The Practices of Multiple Other-Initiated Repair in Online Second Language Interaction", November 2016.

    Dr Sumita Supakorn (as second supervisor, with Prof Paul Seedhouse), "Topic Development in Thai EFL Classes: A Conversation Analytic Perspective", December 2016.

    Dr Tugba Aslan (as first supervisor, with Prof Steve Walsh), "A Micro-Analytic Study of Gossip in Elderly Talk", February 2017.

    And I have supervised 101 successful MA dissertation projects (known as 'Research Portfolio' on the MAs in Cross-Cultural Communication).

    Current Research Funding

    Newcastle University Subject Reputation Enhancement Fund: £8,320 (Sept 2015 - Sept 2016)

    • "The online practices of academic communities: successful self-representation of applied linguistics"

    Previous Research Funding

    JSPS London Symposium Schieme (with Dr Chris Leyland): £7,000.00 (approx.)

    • "UK-Japan Symposium on Intercultural Communication and International Universities"

    Newcastle University International Research Collaboration Award: £6,275.50

    • "Cross-Cultural Communication and Engineering Education: A collaboration between Newcastle and Tokyo Universities"

    Newcastle University Faculty Research Fund for Early Career Researchers: £1,150 (Jan - Sept 2014)

    • "Language choice outside of the classroom in an international, multilingual university"

    Newcastle University School Research Strategy Fund: £1,000 (Feb - Sept 2014)

    • "Discourses of nationality, citizenship and migration on British television political talk shows"

    JSPS Grant-in-aid for Scientific Research (Tokubetsu Kenkyuin Shorei-hi): ¥700,000

    JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship, Kansai University, July 2011 - June 2013

    ESRC 1+3 PhD Studentship, Newcastle University,  Sept 2006 - Sept 2010


    Postgraduate Teaching

    Module leader

    ALC8012 Micro-analysis of Intercultural Interaction (semester 2)

    Contribute to

    ALC8003 Methods in Cross-Cultural Communication Research

    ALC8020 Research Methods in Applied Linguistics

    ALC8026 Language Learning

    Previous teaching

    Discourse Analysis; The Social Psychology of Communication; Sociolinguistics; Culture, Interculturality and Identity

    Undergraduate Teaching

    Contribute to

    SPE2042 Linguistics & Phonetics II: Linguistics Analysis & Pragmatics

    EDU1004 Internationalising Your University Experience