New Journal launched “Language, Culture and Society” (John Benjamins) with editors Li Wei, Miguel Perez-Milans and Alfonso Del Percio

Edited by Professor Li Wei, Dr Miguel Perez-Milans and Dr Alfonso Del Percio, among others, “Language, Culture and Society”, published by John Benjamins, will provide an international platform for cutting-edge research that advances thinking and understanding of the intersections of language, culture and society.

The journal will aim to push traditional disciplinary boundaries through theoretical and methodological innovation. In particular, the journal will explore new communicative contexts and practices and publish research that breaks new ground by making connections with other disciplines.

Themes that will be covered include sociolinguistics, discourse studies, pragmatics and semiotics.

Read the UCL announcement here, and see the journal homepage here.


Claire Hao (MA alumna) short listed for the 2019 British Council Alumni Global Finalist Social Impact Award

Centre for Applied Linguistics MA alumna, Claire Hao, has been short listed for the 2019 British Council Alumni Global Finalist Social Impact Award. Claire was a student member of the ChangeMakers team ‘Making the most of linguistic diversity in HE’ project and is currently collaborating with Sian Preece and Alexandra Georgiou on the ChangeMakers extension project, which is developing a plurilingual teaching and learning UCL Toolkit. Read more about Claire’s work in China at

Chi Lai Heskey Tsang (MA Applied Linguistics) has won the 2018 Caroline Clapham IELTS Master’s Award for his dissertation

The award is given to an English Language dissertation that “makes the most significant contribution to the field of language testing”. Read more here:

His dissertation, entitled ‘Examining Washback on Learning from a Sociocultural Perspective: The Case of a Graded Approach to English Language Testing in Hong Kong’, was supervised by Dr Talia Isaacs (UCL Centre for Applied Linguistics). The dissertation was also commended for the 2018 ELT Masters Dissertation Award for its potential impact on English language teaching.

PhD Students win ‘HR Organisational Development for a Research-led Initiative Award’

Applied Linguistics PhD students Emma Brooks, Sara Young and Ayse Gur Geden have been awarded the UCL “HR Organisational Development for a Researcher-led Initiative Award”.

The award has been granted for the departmental PhD student-led seminars. The award comes with some funding which will allow our PhD students to have some more autonomy with which to keep innovating and pushing the seminars further, for the benefit of our department’s doctoral culture.

Congratulations to Emma, Sara and Ayse for doing a terrific job in making this happen!

University of Queensland distinguished visiting fellowship granted to Miguel Pérez-Milans

Our own Miguel Pérez-Milans has been offered a distinguished visiting fellow at the School of Languages and Cultures, the University of Queensland, Australia and will spend time there in August 2019.

As a recognised scholar with an international profile in sociolinguistics, Miguel has been invited to spend 2 weeks in residence in the school. During the residency he will give a public lecture and engage with staff and students in workshops, one on one discussions, seminars, master classes and other relevant fora.

Congratulations, Miguel!

Job announcement: Dissertation/Research Report Supervisors in Applied Linguistics & TESOL (1 Jan – 31 Dec 2019)

The Applied Linguistics and TESOL team at UCL Institute of Education is looking for sessional dissertation and research report supervisors who can provide specialist advice and support for dissertation students on the MA Applied Linguistics and MA TESOL programmes in one or more of the following topic areas: SLA, language teaching methodology, language teaching materials, bilingualism and multilingualism, language teacher education and development, English as a global language, second language learner and teacher identities, language testing, multimodal communication, CDA, professional/institutional discourse and intercultural communication.

The appointment is offered on a Lecturer Grade 8 level at 0.115 FTE and four posts are available from 1st January to 31st December 2019.

3 days are allocated per dissertation tutee to include all the supervision meetings with tutees from February till submission in September, first marking of the tutee’s dissertation and the second marking of another dissertation. 1.5 days are allocated per Pre-Service TESOL research report supervision and marking. Supervisory meetings should be conducted on campus. Marking will be undertaken in September onwards. It is anticipated that each successful appointee will supervise 10 dissertation students or 15 Pre-Service projects.

To apply, please send an updated CV and cover letter addressing the selection criteria in the job description to: Dr Miguel Perez-Milans, Dr Ana Pellicer-Sanchez, Dr Jim McKinley, or Dr Alfonso Del Percio. The deadline for applications is 7 December 2018. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed. Successful applicants will be invited to attend an induction meeting in January. If you do not receive a response to your application by 14th December, please accept that on this occasion your application has not been successful.

If you would like further information, please contact Dr Miguel Pérez-Milans ( Programme Director of Applied Linguistics, Dr Ana Pellicer-Sanchez ( Programme Director of TESOL, Dr Jim McKinley, ( Programme Director of TESOL Pre Service, or Dr Alfonso Del Percio ( Research Methods and Dissertation Coordinator.