Tobias Beesley

BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics – York St John University

I am a York St John 2017 graduate from the School of Languages and Linguistics who has always been fascinated with the social functions of language. My research has focused on children’s speech communities and in what ways they use language during work-related interaction in primary schools. My MA by research thesis is on the same topic with a working title of: Social development of speech communities: A study of the lower primary years. With this thesis I hope to focus more on the social interactions that occur among children of different year groups completing work set by the teacher. My ambition is to get into education policy as a future career.

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Research

Thesis: Social development of speech communities: A study of the lower primary years.

Supervisors: Dr Leesa Clarke and Prof Helen Sauntson

Conference Presentations

Beesley, Tobias (2017) Children’s speech communities and their language use. Presented at ULAB2017. University of Cambridge.

Beesley, Tobias (2017) Children’s speech communities and their language use. Presented at ELL undergraduate conference. York St John University.

Jihong Guo

Jihong Guo

MA in Education, Liverpool Hope University

As an English-major graduating from a normal university, Jihong has worked as a university lecturer at the School of Foreign Languages and Cultures, Ningxia University in China for 18 years.

In 2011-12, Jihong was an Academic Visitor at the Centre for the Child and Family at Liverpool Hope University, and in 2014-15 she successfully completed a second Master’s degree with distinction there.

Jihong’s research explores ways of evaluating action research in educational contexts. Through critical analysis of different approaches to action research in the UK and in China, Jihong expects to be able to influence the research cultures of her home university.

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Research

Thesis: ‘Transforming the research practice in a Chinese university: How can I influence ideas about the nature and practice of research amongst university educators, and create a ‘community of research’ at Ningxia University?’

Supervisors: Dr Joan Walton and Dr Rachel Wicaksono.

Theethat Phithakphongphan

BA in English, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand

MA in English for Careers, Thammasat University, Thailand

I am a person who is fascinated by others' cultures. Having the opportunity to study at York St John University is a great opportunity to learn more about the intercultural field and broaden my visions towards the world. Moreover, the provided PhD research programme allows me to explore my own interests in intercultural communication and help me to extend the field of my study to the international society both academic and occupational aspects.

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Research

Thesis: The role of intercultural awareness in intercultural communication: A case study of Thai student trainees
Main supervisor: Professor Christopher J Hall
Co-supervisor: Dr Rachel Wicaksono

Publications

Phithakphongphan, T. (2016). A Study on the Needs of English Skills of Airline Ground Staff. Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, Thaksin University. 11, 37-54.

Teaching

When I was in Thailand, I taught on the BA in English programme at Thaksin University. I was responsible for the following courses:

  • Translation 1
  • English for Airline Staff
  • Discussion and Academic Presentation

Thilini Nethmalika Wijeratne

Thilini Nethmalika-Wijeratne.

MA in Tesol

I am a last year PhD student at the School of Languages and Linguistics and  examining topic specific vocabulary development of children with Down syndrome in the U.K. mainstream education. Having worked in Japan for several years as an English teacher, I have completed MA in TESOL at York St. John University while working part time as a Special Needs Teaching Assistant at Park Grove Primary School, York.

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Research

Theses Title: Vocabulary development and bilingual children with Down syndrome

Supervisors: Dr. Leesa Clark & Professor Chris Hall

Teaching

University of Leeds: English for Academic Purposes tuto ,pre-sessional course.

York St. John University: Advanced Communication Skills

Conference Presentations

21 to 23 December 2014- Conference Presentation at international interdisciplinary conference organized by the University of Jawaharlal Neru, India.

Title of the paper: Analysing the uptake of new vocabulary amongst immigrant learners in the U.K.

6 August 2015- Conference presentation at University of Kalaniya, Sri Lanka.

 

Title of the presentation: Inclusion: best possible option for children with Down syndrome in Sri Lanka.

10 September 2015- Conference Presentation at York St.John University, Research Reflection conference.

Title of the presentation: Bilingualism and Down syndrome

 

Publications

Wijeratne,T,(2014) Two case Studies: Analysing the uptake of reinforced and incidental vocabulary amongst young immigrant learners introduced to the English mainstream primary school in the U.K.,SAARC Journal of Educational Research,11,pp.28-50.

Professional Activities

Member of Language and Identities in InterAction (LIdIA) research unit, Department of Languages and Linguistics, York St John University.

Member of Down syndrome International Education, U.K.

Member of York Down syndrome Association, York, U.K.

Tamiko Kondo

Tamiko Kondo

B. Ed. (Kobe University, Japan)

M.Ed. (Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, Japan)

I am a teacher of English as a foreign language with international experience of teaching English as a foreign language at the Japanese School of Brussels, Belgium for the academic years 2010-2012.  I am also a professional teacher educator belonging to the Kobe Board of Education, Japan.

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Research

Tamiko is currently doing her PhD research under the supervision of Professor Jean McNiff (School of Education) and Associate Professor Rachel Wicaksono (Head of School of Languages and Linguistics).  The aim of her doctorate research is to find ways to develop in-service English language teacher education methodology through collaborative action research.  

Publications

Kondo, T. 2008. As a newly appointed teacher trainer, how can I facilitate teacher autonomy?. M. Ed. thesis, Kobe City University of Foreign Studies.

Kondo, T. 2016a. Challenging government policy on English language teaching in Japan through collaborative action research: theory and method. In: The Proceedings of the 48th Annual Meeting of the British Association for Applied Linguistics, 3-5 September, Aston University. London: Scitsiugnil Press, pp.25-36.

Kondo, T. 2016b. Challenging government policy on English language teaching in Japan from the bottom-up through collaborative action research. In: The Collaborative Action Research Network International Conference Bulletin 19, 6-8 November, Braga: Portugal. Collaborative Action Research Network, pp.10-17.

Kondo, T. (in press). Transforming language teachers’ communicative competence into communicative action: a possible direction for teacher professional learning. Educational Action Research Journal.

Kondo, T. (in preparation). Developing new forms of Discourse in English language teaching. Ph.D. thesis, University of Leeds.

Conference Presentations

Kondo, T. 2014. How do we develop our capacity to teach for students’ communicative competence through collaborative action research?: our challenge to English language education policy in Japan. Language and Identities in InterAction Research Unit Overseas Workshop, 20 December, Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, Japan.

Kondo, T. 2015. Challenging government policy on English language teaching in Japan from the bottom-up through collaborative action research. The Collaborative Action Research Network International Conference, 6-8 November, Braga, Portugal.

Kondo, T. 2016a. Reflection on the MEXT’s cascade project. Forum on English Language Teacher Education, 5 January, Kobe Board of Education, Japan.

 

Kondo, T. 2016b. Can teachers influence education policy-making?: possible new directions for educational action research. The Collaborative Action Research Network International Conference, 11-13 November, Bishop Grosseteste University.

Kondo, T. and Wicaksono, R. 2015. Challenging government policy on English language teaching in Japan through collaborative action research: theory and method. The British Association for Applied Linguistics Annual Meeting, 3-5 September, Aston University.

Kondo, T. and Wicaksono, R. 2016. The place of value in international research with English language teachers. The International Conference on Value and Virtue in Practice-based Research, 5-6 July, York St John University.

Teaching

  • Japanese advances (2015-16)
  • MA in Applied Linguistics, Research methods module (action research) (2015-16)

Professional Activities

Member of:

  • British Association for Applied Linguistics
  • British Association for Teaching Japanese
  • Association of Japanese Language Teachers in Europe
  • Japan Association of College English Teachers
  • Collaborative Action Research Network (also, organizing committee member of CARN Japan)

Linda Walz

Linda Walz

MA in English (major) and German philology (minor), summa cum laude, University of Basel, Switzerland (2011)

AFHEA

I completed my Undergraduate Degree in English and German linguistics and literature at the University of Basel, Switzerland (2008). Having spent a year in the UK as a German Language Assistant in a grammar school in Gloucestershire, I returned to Basel to complete my Master’s Degree in English and German linguistics and literature (2011) and my Teaching Certificate for Swiss grammar schools and vocational schools (2014). In October 2014 I joined York St John University to work on a full-time PhD.

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Research

My main research interests lie in how identity is constructed and negotiated through language in interaction. I am especially interested in narratives of personal transition, such as produced by individuals who have relocated abroad.

In my previous research I investigated the advice-seeking and advice-giving discourse on an email discussion list for foreign language assistants in the UK and their linguistic means of community formation.

My current research for my PhD thesis examines identity construction on blogs written by foreign nationals living England. Thesis working title: Identity construction through language in expatriate blogs. My supervisors are Dr Helen Sauntson and Dr Andrew Merrison.

Selected conference presentations and invited talks

Walz, L. (in preparation): Category fit and category change: The construction of identity in expatriate blogs. iMean 5, University of the West of England, Bristol.

Walz, L. (2016): Membership categorisation in expatriate bloggers’ narratives: Challenges and insights. MOOD-S, University of Salford, Manchester.

Walz, L. (2016): Expatriates’ identity construction in personal blogs.  BAAL 2016, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.

Walz, L. (2016): Narrating transition: Expatriate identity construction in personal blogs. Postgraduate Forum on Applied Linguistics, York St John University, York.

Walz, L. (2016): Categorisation and the negotiation of sameness and difference: Identity construction in expatriate blogs. ConSOLE XXIV, Conference of the Student Organisation of Linguistics in Europe, York St John University, York.

Walz, L. (2015): Creating online places of the self: The practice of narrating on expatriate blogs. Mapping Identities, University of York, York.

Publications

Walz, L. (2016): Categorisation and the negotiation of similarity and difference: Identity construction in expatriate blogs. Proceedings of ConSOLE XXIV, 45-62. Available at: http://www.sole.leidenuniv.nl.

Teaching

I have been involved in teaching and assessment on the following courses at York St John University:

Introduction to English Language and Linguistics (1st year undergraduate)

Introduction to English Language and Linguistics: Phonetics (1st year undergraduate)

Introduction to Language and Society (1st year undergraduate)

Language Structure: Grammar (1st year undergraduate)

Language and Identities (3rd year undergraduate)

 

I have further been seminar director on Introduction to English Language and Linguistics.

Professional Activities

I am a member of LIdIA, the Language and Identities in Interaction Research Unit at York St John University, and I am also a member of the British Association for Applied Linguistics.

In 2016, I co-organised ConSOLE XXIV, the international linguistics conference of the Student Organisation of Linguistics in Europe, which was held at York St John University in collaboration with the University of York.

Joyce Wambura

PhD student

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