School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences

Staff Profiles

Dr Müge Satar

Lecturer in Applied Linguistics and TESOL


I joined the Applied Linguistics and Communication team at Newcastle University in December 2016. Prior to that I worked as a Lecturer at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul teaching academic English and TESOL courses. I have also taught English as a foreign language  and Turkish as a foreign language at both secondary school level and in adult education in Turkey and in the UK, at King's College, London. 


My research interests include Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL), in particular Computer Mediated Communication (CMC) and online language learning and teaching. 


I currently supervise 10 doctoral candidates. PhD candidates, please read the information under the Teaching tab.



Satar, H. M. (forthcoming). L1 for social presence in videoconferencing: A social semiotic account. Language Learning and Technology.

Akayoglu, S., Satar, H. M., Dikilitaş, K., Cirit, N. C., & Korkmazgil, S. (forthcoming). Digital Literacy Practices of Turkish Pre-service EFL teachers. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology.

Hauck, M., & Satar, H. M.. (2018). Learning and teaching languages in technology-mediated contexts: The relevance of social presence, co-presence, participatory literacy and multimodal competence. In R. Kern & D. Develotte (Eds.), Screens and scenes: Online multimodal communication and intercultural encounters (pp.133-157). London: Routledge.

Satar, H. M., & Akcan, S. (2018). Pre-service EFL teachers' online participation, interaction, and social presenceLanguage Learning & Technology, 22(1), 157-183.

Satar, H. M., & Wigham, C. R. (2017). Multimodal instruction-giving practices in webconferencing-supported language teachingSystem, 70, 63-80.

Satar, H. M. (2016). Meaning-making in online language learner interactions via desktop videoconferencingReCALL, 28(3), 305-325. 



PhD, MRes in Education, MA in Computer and Instructional Technologies, BA in English Language Teaching



  • Co-director of internationalisation at the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences.
  • Chair of Board of Studies for our degree programmes at our section, Applied Linguistics and Communication.
  • Co-editor of Journal of Virtual Exchange and ARECLS (Annual Review of Education, Communication, and Language Sciences)
  • Co-editor of a special issue of Writing & Pedagogy, titled Multimodality in Electronic Feedback in Writing
  • Executive Board member ofUniCollaboration: for the 2018-2020 period acting as the second publications officer.
  • Secretary for the Computer Mediated Communication Special Interest Group (CMC SIG) for EuroCALL(2014-2018)
  • Member of EuroCALL,  BAAL and ELTER


Computer-Assisted Language Learning; Online Language Learning and Teaching; Computer-Mediated Communication


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My research to date has focused on technology enhanced foreign language learning and teacher education, particularly on the concept of social presence in multimodal online communication among language learners, interaction and participation in blended learning contexts, instruction-giving sequences in online language teaching, development of speaking and writing skills, task-based language teaching, and affective factors in language learning.

In my research, I employ both qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis methods, including experimental research design, case studies, questionnaires, interviews, multimodal social semiotic analysis, multimodal interaction analysis, thematic analysis, content analysis and social network analysis.

Current research projects

Communities, Languages, and Activities App (ENACT). Erasmus Key Action 2, (PI).

(with Paul Seedhouse, Ahmed Kharrufa (CoIs). Consortium partners: Boğaziçi University, Cultura Foundation, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, and University of Helsinki.

Critical Skills for Life and Work: Developing the Professional Intercultural Communicative Competence of Highly-Skilled Refugees, funded by Erasmus , project website

Virtual Exchange for Teacher Education: A focus on Critical Digital Literacy, funded by TED University, Scientific Research Projects (with Zeynep Bilki, PI, and Mirjam Hauck)

British Council IELTS Research Programme on ‘Which specific features of candidate talk do examiners orient to when taking scoring decisions?’ (with Paul Seedhouse, PI)

Embedding translation AI in the L2 secondary school classroom: creative applications and potential barriers, funded by Creative Multilingualism (with Nick Riches, PI, and Elaine Lopez)

Completed research projects

An examination of experienced online language teachers' multimodal instruction-giving practices, funded by Newcastle University, HaSS Faculty Research Fund (PI)

Providing Technology Enhanced Training for EFL Teacher Trainees, funded by Bogazici University Scientific Research Projects (PI)

A comparison of synchronous computer-mediated communication technologies for the development of oral skills in a foreign language, funded by Marmara University, Scientific Research Projects Commission. (with Prof. Dr. Nesrin Ozdener, PI and Prof Dr. Servet Bayram).


I teach on the MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL degree.

I am the module leader for:

ALC8022 Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL)

ALC8036 Materials Design and Evaluation in TESOL.

I contribute to lectures in ALC8020 Research Methods in Applied Linguistics.

I am interested in supervising masters and PhD students who would like to study online multimodal

language learning and teaching or intercultural exchanges, specifically via videoconferencing.

Potential research areas and methods include: Computer Mediated Communication (CMC); Online language learning and teacher education; Social presence; Online Intercultural Exchanges/Telecollaboration; Digital/multimodal literacies; Multimodal Interaction Analysis; Social semiotics; Interactional Sociolinguistics, Social Network Analysis, Eye-tracking.

For PhD candidates: Please note that I check similarity scores for post-graduate proposals using Turnitin. You can find more information about plagiarism on the following links: 




Also see Activity 10.16 (page198) in Gillet, A., Hammond, A., & Martala, M. (2009). Inside track to successful academic writing. Canada: Pearson Education.