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Department of Linguistics

Higher degree research

The Language Learning and Teaching Research team welcome expressions of interest from potential Higher Degree research candidates who believe they can make a contribution to our research programmes. More than 30 students are currently working towards Ph.D or Master of Research degrees in the field of language teaching and learning. Their topics include:

  • Assessment of speaking
  • Validating reading proficiency tests
  • Feedback on writing
  • Online vs. face-to-face feedback
  • Problem-based tutorials in a second language
  • Genre-based language curriculum
  • Telecollaborative projects
  • Synchronous Internet conferencing
  • Self-directed learning
  • Migrant English language training
  • English language teacher professional development programmes
  • Professional learning in transnational ELT centres
  • Influences on non-native speaker teachers of English
  • Language teacher autonomy
  • Complex tasks and teacher development
  • Language support for international students
  • Students' attitudes to English as an international language
  • Vocabulary knowledge and learning strategies
  • Chinese-English learner's dictionaries
  • The L2 motivational self system
  • Oral narration and literacy development
  • Communication strategies
  • Pragmatics of face and student identities in the language classroom
  • Code-switching in the language classroom