School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences

Staff Profiles

Dr Navaporn Snodin

Lecturer in Cross-Cultural Communication


I have a broad knowledge base in Applied Linguistics and teaching experience for over a decade at every level in university. I also have experience training professionals in Communicating across Cultures. I have expertise in the following:

  • cross-cultural adjustment of international students and staff in Higher Education;
  • culture teaching in English language classroom and materials development;
  • World Englishes (WE), English as an International Language (EIL) and English as a Lingua Franca (ELF);
  • Teacher Education, particularly in relation to incorporating the WE/ EIL/ ELF perspectives into English language teacher education programmes;
  • Blended Learning and learner autonomy.

I have spoken to audiences worldwide on these topics such as in the UAE, Russia, Austria, Greece, Japan, Thailand, the US and the UK. Since I obtained my PhD in Educational and Applied Linguistics from Newcastle University in 2008, I have retained a strong connection with the university and worked closely with the ECLS staff (with Professor Walsh on HE partnerships with Thailand, with Professor Robson on Newton Fund's Researcher Links and with Professor Young on a Newton Advanced Fellowship project). I was a visiting researcher at Newcastle University in 2014, 2015, 2017 and at the University of Vienna, Austria in 2018, leading to co-publications with staff in both universities. I was appointed Lecturer in Cross-Cultural Communication at Newcastle University in January 2020.

I am a lead researcher (PI) of a number of funded projects, some of which are collaborative international projects funded by the British Academy, the British Council, the Newton Fund and Thailand Research Fund. I have developed an international profile in a variety of topics with more than 300 citations (according to Google Scholar). I can divide the topics approximately into 4 main areas: Blended Learning and Learner Autonomy (with publications in the System Journal and the Computers & Education Journal); English Language Education (with a publication in The Routledge Handbook of English Language Teacher EducationLingua and the RELC Journal); World Englishes (with publications in the World Englishes and Asian Englishes Journals and presentations in the ELF conference); internationalisation of Higher Education (with a publication in the International Journal of Educational Management).

I am the founder and the sole operator of the website, an internet portal to encourage inbound mobility of international students and academics into Thai universities. I have engaged the policymakers at the national level, for example, the Bureau of International Cooperation Strategy, the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation of Thailand, to achieve impact.

I am a reviewer for the British Academy's Youth Futures Programme and for Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, Computers & Education, SojournThoughts and Kasetsart Journal.


ALC8002 Sociolinguistics (for Academic Year 2020-21)

ALC8009 English in the World

ALC8007 Professional Communication

ALC3011 Working in Intercultural Settings

I contribute to ALC8008 Language and Cross-Cultural Communication.


Research Work in Progress

(1) I am a research partner of a collaborative project called, 'English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) and Dis/Empowerment in International Education'. This research project is led by Professor Jennifer Jenkins, the University of Southampton. The co-researchers are a team from the University of Southampton - Will Baker, Lien Bui, Gonzalo Perez Andrade and Ying Wang, along with Alessia Cogo from Goldsmith, University of London, and myself. The aim of the project is to consider why and how ELF is not necessarily a benign phenomenon, but that it disempowers and disadvantages some users and nonusers, just as it empowers and advantages others, and the implication of this.

(2) I am analysing focus group interviews and writing up a paper on Cross-Cultural Adjustment of Internationally Mobile Academics working in Thailand, with Dr Tony Young and Dr Alina Schartner, Newcastle University.

(3) I am a research partner of a collaborative project called, 'From English Learners to Intercultural Citizens: Student Sojourners Development of Intercultural Citizenship in ELT and EMI Programmes,' with Dr Will Baker, the University of Southampton.