School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences

Staff Profiles

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 JSPS Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Division of International Affairs at Kansai University (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. I have also spent time in the Department of Second Language Studies at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa (as part of my PhD, in 2009) and the Graduate School of Language and Culture at Osaka University (for a research sabbatical, in 2017).

In September 2018, I took on the role as Head of the Applied Linguistics & Communication subject group at Newcastle University.

Roles and Responsibilities

I currently have the following roles:

  • Head of Applied Linguistics & Communication
  • Member of School Executive Board in the School of ECLS
  • Member of School Research Committee in the School of ECLS
  • Member of School Teaching & Learning Committee in the School of ECLS

I have also held the following roles recently:

  • Co-Director for Internationalisation for the School of ECLS
  • Chair of the Board of Studies for Applied Linguistics & Communication
  • DPD for the MA in Cross-Cultural Communication, MA CCC & Applied Linguistics, MA CCC & Media, 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

Areas of research expertise

  • Intercultural Communication
  • Intercultural and international workplaces
  • Higher Education
  • Conversation Analysis
  • Membership Categorisation Analysis

See 'Research' tab for further details.

Invited talks and workshops

Brandt A and O Sert (2017) Workshop on conducting comparative research on L2 interactions. Interactional Competences and Practices in a Second Language, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, 18-20 January 2017.

Young, T, A Shartner and A Brandt (2016) The intercultural communication needs of global engineering graduates. Tokyo University Graduate School of Engineering Special Seminar, Tokyo University, Japan, 15 March 2016.

Brandt A and H Ergul (2015) Methodology workshop on membership categorisation analysis. Social Interaction and Applied Linguistics Postgraduate Conference 2015, Hacettepe University, Turkey, 7-8 September 2015.

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, Japan, 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, UK, 15 March 2012.

Reviewing roles

    I have acted as reviewer for submissions to the following international journals:

    • Research on Language and Social Interaction
    • Applied Linguistics
    • Modern Language Journal
    • Journal of Pragmatics
    • Language and Intercultural Communication
    • Classroom Discourse
    • Applied Linguistics Review
    • Journal of Intercultural Communication Research
    • Journal of Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice
    • Pragmatics and Language Learning
    • Novitas-ROYAL

    And for the following book series:

    • Direction in Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis (Routledge)
    I also reviewed contributions to edited collections, as well as 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

    Google scholar: Click here.


    Research Interests

    I am interested in intercultural and international workplaces, including educational settings such as universities and language classrooms, and second language use outside of the classroom. In my research, I usually investigate these topics by analysing video recordings of real-life communication, using the research methods of Conversation Analysis (CA) and Membership Categorisation Analysis (MCA). At present, with colleagues in ECLS and elsewhere in the University, I am also using these methods to examine effective communication in arts workshops for people living with dementia.

    I would be delighted to hear from potential research students with an interest in studying any of the above topics, using methods similar to those mentioned above.

    I am also a member of Multimodal Analysis Research Group (MARG), a research forum 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 three postgraduate research students, two as first supervisor (Hanain Brohi, Nimet Copur) and one as second supervisor (Yiyin Wang).

    I have also supervised 12 successful PhD projects to date, including:

    Dr Kazuki Hata (as second supervisor, with Professor Steve Walsh) Projectability, contextuality and complexity of trailoff: A Conversation Analysis of ‘but’ at turn-final placement”, November 2018.

    Dr Somporn Maneechote (as second supervisor, with Dr Alan Firth) "Negative assessments of referents in co-participants' cultural groups and responses in intercultural interaction", July 2018.

    Dr Khadija El-Wakai (as second supervisor, with Professor Steve Walsh) "Topic Management: The 'About What-ness' of Interaction in Student University Meetings", June 2018.

    Dr Yoonjoo Cho (as first supervisor, with Dr Peter Sercombe) "The interviewers' self-disclosure in L2 research interviews: A Conversation Analytic study on empathic reformulation and discursive identity work embedded in the interviewer's self-revealing talk", April 2018.

    Dr Ufuk Girgin (as first supervisor, with Prof Steve Walsh) "Reconsidering the uses of a minimal ‘non-lexical’ response token through ‘embodiment’: A second language teacher’s deployment of ‘mm hm’ as a third-turn receipt", December 2017.

    Dr Yun Pan (as first supervisor, with Dr Chris Leyland), "Framing University Small Group Talk: Knowledge Construction Through Lexical Concepts", November 2017.

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

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

    Dr Sumita Supakorn (as second supervisor, with Prof Paul Seedhouse), "Topic Development in Thai EFL Classes: A Conversation Analytic Perspective", December 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 Aki Siegel (as second supervisor, with Prof Paul Seedhouse), "Longitudinal Development of Word Search Sequences in English as a Lingua Franca Interaction", February 2016.

    As of September 2019, I have supervised 105 successful MA dissertation projects (known as 'Research Portfolio' on the MAs in Cross-Cultural Communication), and one successful BA dissertation.

    Recent Research Funding

    British Academy Small Research Grant (Co-I with Dr Spencer Hazel and Prof Andrew Newman): £7,500 (Sept 2017 - Sept 2019)

    • "Interaction, Dementia, and Engagement in the Arts (IDEA)"

    Newcastle University Faculty Research Group funding (co-convenor with Dr Neil Jenkings, Dr Chris Leyland, Prof Paul Seedhouse, Prof Andrea Whittle): £2,500 (Sept 2017 - Aug 2018)

    • "Multimodal Analysis Research Group (MARG)"

    CRiLLS Strategic Development Fund 2017 (PI with Dr Spencer Hazel, Dr Chris Leyland): £2,000 (March 2017 - Dec 2017)

    • "Robotics and Social Interaction Expertise: Challenges and Opportunities"

    CRiLLS Strategic Development Fund 2017 (PI with Dr Spencer Hazel, Dr Chris Leyland): £675 (June 2017 - Dec 2017)

    • "Partnership development with Center for Language and Cognition, University of Groningen"

    Newcastle University Horizon 2020 Support Fund (PI with Dr Spencer Hazel, Dr Chris Leyland): £750 (June 2017 - Aug 2017)

    • "Partnership development with Center for Language and Cognition, University of Groningen"

    PVC Discretionary Fund 2017 (PI with Dr Spencer Hazel, Dr Chris Leyland): £900 (June 2017 - Aug 2017)

    • "Partnership development with Center for Language and Cognition, University of Groningen"

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

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

    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 Introduction to Interaction Analysis

    Contribute to

    ALC8003 Methods in Cross-Cultural Communication Research

    ALC8009 English in the World

    ALC8020 Research Methods in Applied Linguistics

    ALC8021 Understanding Multimodal Communication

    HSS8004 Qualitative Methodology in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

    Previous teaching

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

    Undergraduate Teaching

    Previous teaching

    SPE2042 Linguistics & Phonetics II: Linguistics Analysis & Pragmatics; EDU1004 Internationalising Your University Experience