School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences

Staff Profiles

Dr Christopher Leyland

Lecturer in Applied Linguistics


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


I have a good deal of experience in language teaching, in the UK for UK Language Courses and for the JET Programme in Japan. After my time in Japan, I became 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

In my current role, I am leader of two modules on the MA Applied Linguistics and TESOL, namely Language Learning and TESOL for Young Learners
I also give lectures on Speech and Language Therapy modules Linguistics & Phonetics II, MsC Linguistics and MA Cross-Cultural Communication module Culture, Identity and Interculturality.

I am also the Degree Programme Director for the Integrated PhD in Educational and Applied Linguistics. Additionally, I am the organiser of the
Applied Linguistics Seminar Series, a lecture series with speakers from this school and other universities in the UK.

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.

I act as a reviewer for the following academic journals:

  • Novitas-Royal
  • System
  • Text & Talk
  • Pragmatics. Quarterly Publication of the International Pragmatics Association, Linguistics and Education
  • Pragmatics and Society 

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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.


    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'.

    I also supervise MA dissertations during the summer.