Teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL)
Governments around the world see the English language skills of their citizens as a key driver of economic and social development – and our research into Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) aims to understand how people learn languages (particularly English), and how classroom practices and learner and practitioner beliefs affect how people learn.
We're also looking at the impact of learners and teachers sharing the same beliefs about the efficacy of error correction, how teachers' beliefs develop, or how material can be designed to best support learning.
Our work and findings have been published in leading academic journals in the field – such as ELT (English Language Teaching) Journal, TESOL Quarterly, Language Learning, and Language Teaching.
Our research covers the following topics
- Language teaching methodology
- Language teacher education
- Learner needs
- English for specific purposes
- Language teaching materials design
Within our research, we use a variety of research methods.
As TESOL research involves contextually-dependent and nuanced behaviour, qualitative research – including interviews, classroom observations, and reflective journals – are frequently used. We also draw on quantitative experiments of our own, and analyse findings and quantitative data from experiments in related disciplines, such as second language acquisition (SLA), and find ways to apply it in contextually-sensitive ways.
Chinese undergraduate students’ academic coping and approaches to studying in the UK: a longitudinal study of four individual cases (2016), Hua Yu
Discover our areas of expertise
We're looking at huge datasets of natural language – often many billions of words – to explore how language is used in different regions, genres and situations.
We're exploring how texts are translated and the practices around the translation of texts, including professional training, the use of technologies, and non-professional translation communities.
We're researching how ideas, concepts and people are represented through language, and exploring how language is used in real-life contexts.
Our research in this area explores how spoken and written language is used in workplaces to develop relationships and achieve institutional objectives.
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