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Applied Linguistics: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages MA

MA Applied Linguistics: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

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Helen SaunstonDr Helen Sauntson

Head of Programme

Experience of teaching English both as a first and an additional language in the UK. Research interests include classroom discourse analysis; language, gender and sexuality; language in education; gender and sexuality in education.  Author of Approaches to Gender and Spoken Classroom Discourse (Palgrave) and (with Liz Morrish) New Perspectives on Language and Sexual Identity (2007). Co-editor (with Kate Harrington, Lia Litosseliti and Jane Sunderland) of Gender and Language Research Methodologies (Palgrave) and (with Sakis Kyratzis) Language, Sexualities and Desires: Cross-Cultural Perspectives (Palgrave).


Shirley ReayShirley Reay

Head of Programme - Postgraduate Linguistics

Shirley began her career as a secondary English teacher but then moved into teaching English to non-native speakers where she began to become interested in the core aspects of language/linguistics. After this, she increasingly focused on business English, materials production and communications consultancy work both in the UK and Italy. On her arrival in the Linguistics department at York St John she contributed for some years to Initial Teacher Education programmers (primary) as well as teaching on BA and MA courses within the Linguistics department.  She was later seconded for two years to work as a KS3 consultant on the pilot phase of the secondary National Literacy Strategy which included In-service teacher training. She is currently Head of Programme for the Online MA in English Language and Linguistics.



Rachel WicaksonoDr Rachel Wicaksono

Head of Languages and Linguistics

Experience of teaching English, training teachers and managing schools in Indonesia, India, Japan, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Sweden, Sri Lanka and the UK; Cambridge ESOL trainer and assessor for Certificate and Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults; IELTS examiner; freelance writer and broadcaster for BBC World Service Learning English; research interests in assessment, classroom interaction, English as a lingua franca and discourse analysis. Joint author (with Chris Hall) of Mapping Applied Linguistics: a guide for students and practitioners (Routledge). 


Chris HallDr Christopher J. Hall

Reader in Applied Linguistics

Experience of teaching and researching in Mexico, including at El Colegio de Mexico and as Head of Department of Languages at Universidad de las Americas. Interests include psycholinguistics, second language acquisition, English as a lingua franca and World Englishes. Author of An introduction to language and linguistics: breaking the language spell (Continuum), and Morphology and mind: a unified approach to explanation in linguistics (Routledge), and joint author (with Rachel Wicaksono) of Mapping Applied Linguistics: a guide for students and practitioners (Routledge). 


Indu Vibha MeddegamaDr Indu Vibha Meddegama

Lecturer in Applied Linguistics and TESOL

Dr Indu Vibha Meddegama is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a lecturer in Applied Linguistics: TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) at York St John University, UK.  Indu teaches on both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Linguistics whilst directing an exciting array of modules that range from 'World Englishes' and 'Multilingualism' to 'Language Teaching Methodology'. Since 2008, Indu has also worked as a tutor in English for Academic Purposes at the Universities of Nottingham, Sheffield, Durham and Leeds teaching postgraduate students from South East Asia, East Asia, the Middle East and Europe.


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