Dr Rachel Wicaksono
Head of the School of Languages & Linguistics
MA (Oxford), MA TESOL (London), EdD (London), RSA/UCLES Cert TEFLA (London), RSA/UCLES Dip TEFLA (Norwich)
Associate Professor | National Teaching Fellow
After finishing my undergraduate degree at Oxford University (in English Language and Literature), I was desperate to travel! So I did the RSA/UCLES Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults (now called the Cambridge ESOL CELTA) and got a job in Shimla, India, where I taught English and Music at a girl’s boarding school. My next job was in East Java, Indonesia, working for Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) as a teacher trainer. After working for VSO for two years, I joined an Indonesian-Australian organisation which provides English language teaching, teacher training and pre-university preparation courses in several Indonesian cities.
Indonesia is a wonderfully exciting place to work and I stayed there until 2004. By that time I had become the Director of the same organisation; responsible for bidding for and managing training projects for AusAid, UNICEF, several Indonesian government departments and many multinational companies. I also helped set up and run the Cambridge ESOL Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) in Indonesia and was an External Assessor for Cambridge ESOL, visiting courses in Asia and the UK to monitor and report on their quality. While in Indonesia, I did the RSA/UCLES Diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults and a Master's in TESOL at the Institute of Education, London University.
In 2004, I came back to the UK and joined York St John University, first as co-ordinator of the International Foundation Programme, then as Head of Programme for the MA Applied Linguistics: TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), then as Head of the School of Languages and Linguistics. I also completed a Doctor in Education at the Institute of Education, London University where I researched aspects of internationalising UK universities including: group work, reflective writing and the use of English as a lingua franca by 'home' and 'international' students.
I have been involved in teaching English, teacher training, research, and project and school management in India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Sweden, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.
I currently teach on the MA Applied Linguistics, the BA Linguistics and TESOL, the BA TESOL and MFL, and on the BA in English Language and Linguistics programmes at York St John.
I have supervised and examined PhD students working on multilingualism, classroom interaction, teaching English for specific purposes, action research for teacher development, English as a lingua franca, preparing volunteers to work on international aid projects and interpreting.
I am also keen to explore ways of working in virtual spaces. In 2011 I published, along with my co-authors Chris Hall and Patrick Smith, Mapping Applied Linguistics: A Guide for Students and Practitioners (the second edition is due for publication in 2017).
As part of my teaching on the BA English Language and Linguistics, I have been funded by the Higher Education Academy to develop an online tutorial which aims to introduce students at internationalising UK universities to the idea of English as a lingua franca.
I’m an applied linguist with a specific research interest in additional language education, in particular:
- World Englishes and English as a Lingua Franca
- Action research
- Assessment of language learning and proficiency
- Classroom language
- Multilingual group work and intercultural communication
- Technology for learning and teaching languages
- Discourse analysis
Wicaksono, R and Zhurauskaya, D. (in prep). Hidden stories: Interviews in applied linguistics. Palgrave.
Hall, C. J., Smith. P. H. and Wicaksono, R. (in print). Mapping applied linguistics: an introduction for students and practitioners. Abingdon: Routledge.
Hall, C. J., Wicaksono, R., Liu, S., Qian, Y. and Xu, X. (2015). ‘Exploring teachers’ ontologies of English: Monolithic conceptions of grammar in a group of Chinese teachers’. International Journal of Applied Linguistics.
Wicaksono, R. (2014). ‘Why don’t we all speak Xhosa?’. Lingo: The Language Magazine for Younger Readers. The University of Huddersfield. Issue 1.
Wicaksono, R. (2014). Book review, ‘Research perspectives on teaching and learning English in Turkey: Policies and practices’, Yasemin Bayyurt and Yeşim Baktaş-Çetinkaya (eds). World Englishes, 33/1.
Wicaksono, R. (2013). ‘Textbook guide: Languages and Linguistics’. Times Higher Education. 7 November 2013.
Hall, C. J., Wicaksono, R., Liu, S., Qian Y. and Xiaoqing, X. (2013). ‘English reconceived: Raising teachers’ awareness of English as a ‘plurilithic’ resource through an online course’. ELT Research Papers, 13-05. London: British Council.
Wicaksono, R. (2013). 'Raising awareness of English as a lingua franca in UK universities: internationalising classroom talk'. In T. Pattison (ed.) IATEFL 2012 Glasgow Conference Selections. Canterbury: IATEFL.
Hall, C. J., Smith. P. H. and Wicaksono, R. (2012). 'Mapping applied linguistics from the bottom-up: A conversation'. In A. I. Salvi, G. Sky and R. Smith (eds) ELT Research. Spring 2012, Issue 26.
Wicaksono, R. (2012). 'Raising students' awareness of the construction of communicative (in)competence in international classrooms'. In J. Ryan (ed.) Cross cultural teaching and learning for home and international students: Internationalisation of pedagogy and curriculum in Higher Education. London and New York: Routledge.
Wicaksono, R. (2011). 'English as a lingua franca: an online tutorial'. T. Pattison (ed.) IATEFL 2010 Harrogate conference selections. Canterbury: IATEFL.
Hall, C. J., Smith. P. H. and Wicaksono, R. (2011). Mapping applied linguistics: an introduction for students and practitioners. Abingdon: Routledge.
Wicaksono, R. (2010) 'English as a lingua franca: creating an online introductory tutorial'. Liaison, 07/10.
Wicaksono, R. (2008). 'Assessing mixed nationality and mixed ability group work: does it get results?' In R. Atfield and P. Kemp (Eds) Enhancing the international learning experience in Business Management, Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism. Newbury: Threshold Press.
Wicaksono, R., Sikkema, A. & O’Brien, F. (2004). ‘Web writing’. IATEFL Learning Technologies, 04/06.
Wicaksono, R. & O’Brien F. (2003). ‘Global English’. IATEFL Learning, 03/07.
Wicaksono, R. (2002). ‘Developing and applying a customer relationship management model’, IATEFL ELT Management, 02/32.
Broadcasting and commissioned blogs (examples):
BBC Learning English: Ask About English
BBC Learning English: Teacher-student blog
Conferences and invited talks:
Changing Englishes: Exploring teachers' ontologies of language and raising their awareness of English as a plurilithic resource. University of Huddersfield, April 2016.
Challenging government policy on English language teaching in Japan through collaborative action research: theory and method (with Tamiko Kondo). British Association for Applied Linguistics Conference, Aston University, September 2015.
An academic literacies approach to supporting students in multilingual business management classrooms (with Rosie Hedger). The Association of Business Schools: Learning, Teaching & Student Experience Conference, York, April 2015.
Are we teachers of English or English as a Lingua Franca? Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, Kobe, Japan. One-day workshop for Junior High School teachers of English from Kobe. December 2014.
Researching the language use of a minority ethnic population in York (with Dasha Zhurauskaya). British Association for Applied Linguistics Conference, University of Warwick, September 2014.
Learning, teaching and assessment in multilingual classrooms (with Rosie Hedger). British Association for Applied Linguistics Conference, University of Warwick, September 2014.
Conferences and invited talks continued:
Language and interaction with English as a lingua franca. Applied Research Group – Pedagogical Innovation in Languages and Literature, Coventry University, March 2014. (invited talk)
A plurilithic approach to English: Implications for EAL in UK schools. National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum, Yorkshire and Humberside Regional Interest Group, February 2014. (invited talk)
Changing Englishes in internationalising universities: raising students’ awareness of the interactional cosequences of their talk. BAAL Intercultural Communication SIG, Intercultural Communication in Higher Education: Principles and Practices, Newcastle University, May 2013.
Linguicism and employability: What’s the problem? Diversity Day, York St John University, May 2013. (invited talk)
Raising awareness of English as a lingua franca in internationalizing universities: A bottom-up, discourse-analytic approach(with Wendy Scheder Black). AAAL, Dallas, USA, March 2013.
Changing Englishes and conceptions of English in a globalizing world: Teachers’ experiences using an online course (with Chris Hall). AAAL, Dallas, USA, March 2013
English as a Lingua Franca: Implications and applications for UK Higher Education and international voluntary work (with Nathan Page). Aston University, November 2012. (invited talk)
Raising students' awareness of changing Englishes in internationalising universities. Changing Englishes in internationalising universities: Increasing the language awareness of ‘home’ and ‘international’ students and academic staff, HEA-funded seminar at York St John University, September 2012.
Changing Englishes in internationalising universities: An awareness-raising online tutorial (with undergraduate students). Pedagogies of Hope and Opportunity: The HEA Arts and Humanities Annual Conference, Glasgow, May 2012.
Internationalising talk: A discourse-analytic approach to raising students' awareness of their construction of (in)competence and (mis)understanding in mixed language groups. Teaching, learning and living the graduate attribute of global citizenship within and beyond disciplinary boundaries: A case study in Applied Linguistics, Oxford Brookes University, May 2012. (plenary talk)
Raising awareness of ELF in an internationalising university. 46th Annual IATEFL International Conference, Glasgow, April 2012.
Raising awareness of English as a lingua franca (with Wendy Scheder Black). Third International Conference on the Development and Assessment of Intercultural Competence, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA, January 2012.
Raising language teacher trainees’ awareness of English as a lingua franca. University of Leeds, Department of Education, November 2011.
Applied linguistics from the bottom-up (with Chris Hall and Patrick Smith). AILA (International Association of Applied Linguistics), Beijing, August 2011.
(Mis)understanding and (in)competence in English as a lingua franca. University of York, Department of Education, June 2011.
Raising students' awareness of the construction of (in)competence in English as a lingua franca classroom talk. Higher Education Academy Internationalisation of Pedagogy and Curriculum Conference. University of Warwick, June 2011.
Raising language teacher trainees’ awareness of (mis)understanding and (in)competence in English as a lingua franca. New insights into the study of conversation: Applications to the language classroom. University of Grenada, May 2010.
Introducing English as a lingua franca: An online tutorial. 44th Annual IATEFL International Conference, Harrogate, April 2010.
Symposium: What has Jorum ever done for us? A case study of an OER. Open Educational
Resources Annual Conference (OER10), Clare College, Cambridge, March 2010.
English as a lingua franca: working with students to create an online tutorial. HEA LLAS 5th Annual e-
Learning symposium, University of Southampton, January 2010.
Jorum and open educational resources: an online tutorial to raise students’ awareness of English as a
lingua franca. The Association of Learning Technologies Annual Conference, Manchester University,
Classroom talk in English as a lingua franca: can we raise students’ awareness of their communication strategies, attitudes and linguistic identities? Annual Teaching and Learning Conference, York St John University, January 2009.
World Englishes: implications for the ELT classroom. International Centre teacher development seminar, York St John University, January 2009.
Roland Barthes, Deliberation and the assessment of international students’ reflective learning journals. Critical Thinking Group, York St John University, January 2009.
What is your problem with English? Conversations (in and) about English as a lingua franca at a UK university (with Chris Hall). The 14th Conference of the International Association of World Englishes. City University, Hong Kong, December 2008.
World Englishes, vocabulary teaching and the mental lexicon. (with Christopher J. Hall). The 14th Conference of the International Association of World Englishes. City University, Hong Kong, December 2008.
Assessing group work: the benefits and drawbacks for mixed groups, Group work assessment symposium: Collaborating or fighting for the marks? Students’ experience of group work assessment, York St John University, November 2008.
Preparing UK teachers to teach English as an international language: a microanalytic perspective (with Robert Morris, Indu Meddegama and Huang Jing). Cutting Edges: identity in the classroom, Canterbury Christ Church University, June 2008.
What kind of English do you speak? The construction and use of ideas about English as an international language. HEA annual conference, Harrogate, July 2008.
Supporting International Students in Assessment, Assessment Practitioner Group, York St John University, March 2008.
Culture/context-specific expectations of classroom interaction in China and the UK: a pilot project. IATEFL annual conference, University of Exeter, March 2008.
Do you speak English well? Mixed nationality assessment and English as an international language. Annual Teaching and Learning Conference, York St John University, January 2008.
Assessing multicultural groups: benefits and drawbacks, HEA Business Management, Accounting and Finance subject centre annual conference, York St John University, May 2007.
The BBC Learning English Teacher Blogger: an early experience, IATEFL annual conference, Aberdeen, March 2007.
Critical reading: towards a research-oriented approach. Annual Teaching and Learning Conference, York St John University, January 2007.
I research, and am interested in supervising research students, in the following areas: Teaching English to speakers of other languages, World Englishes and English as a lingua franca, classroom language, group work, the internationalisation of Higher Education and discourse analysis.
I am currently involved in three UK-based and international research projects, with colleagues at:
- The University of Science and Technology, Suzhou, China and York St John University. Changing Englishes:http://www.yorksj.ac.uk/changing-englishes/changing-englishes.aspx
- The Centre for Global Education, on a project funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Comic Relief. York’s hidden stories:http://www.centreforglobaleducation.org/news.html
- York St John University. Learning, teaching and assessment in multilingual classrooms:http://www.yorksj.ac.uk/business-school/york-st-john-business-school/research/lidia/strands/language-learning-and-teaching/multilingual-classrooms.aspx