Yi Wang awarded our first successful ESRC Post Doctoral Fellowship

Yi Wang (currently completing her PhD under the supervision of Li Wei and Andrea Revesz) has been awarded an ESRC Post Doctoral Fellowship. She will be working on a project entitled “The Dynamics of Language and Thought in the Multilingual Mind: Effects of Language Learning”, with Andrea as her mentor.

This is the first ESRC post doc fellowship success in the UCL Centre for Applied Linguistics – congratulations to Yi Wang!

New book: “Applying Linguistics in Illness and Healthcare Contexts” by Zsofia Demjen

Congratulations to Zsofia for the publication of her latest book Applying Linguistics in Illness and Healthcare Contexts with Bloomsbury Academic. Zsofia did a virtual launch via Twitter – a chapter-by-chapter summary can be found on her Twitter feed and more information can be found on the publisher’s website.

PhD students Rommy Anabalon Schaaf and Javiera Sandoval awarded a Researcher-led Initiative Award for their “Ethnographic Writing Lab”

About the researcher-led initiative 
Now in its third year, the Researcher-led Initiative awards offer funding for early stage research and teaching staff and postgraduate research students.  

About the project. The name of the project is “(auto)ethnographic writing lab”, principal investigator Rommy Anabalon Schaaf (Alfonso Del Percio and John O’Regan, supervisors) and co-investigator Javiera Sandoval (Sue Walters, supervisor) were awarded £1,000. The proposal aims to establish an (auto)ethnographic writing lab to inspire and work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary environment. By bringing together doctoral students from across UCL, the lab seeks to think, generate, cultivate alternative forms of doing research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences which allow us to collect, understand and talk about data and theories of the stories we produce to (re)imagine the world we inhabit. 
Specifically, the lab will be divided into a 3-day workshop and four monthly meetings to share our work and experiences during 2020.
For the three-day workshop we will invite academics and students from Anthropology, Education, Sociolinguistics, Arts and related fields to trace and discuss the historic, political and social conditions under which our work as researchers is produced. We will also discuss the writing regimes which constraints our work and possible strategies to “go beyond” them. Finally, we will revise different texts and objects that have been produced to expand the boundaries of (auto)ethnographic research and which may become source of inspiration for our work as scholars. 
During the monthly meetings we will discuss each other’s work, reflect on our practices as (auto)ethnographers and hopefully, increase further academic collaboration. 

Two of our PhD students have won the Language Learning Dissertation Grant

Danni Shi and Yeonwoo Jung are both PhD students in Applied Linguistics supervised by Professor Andrea Révész. The Language Learning Dissertation Grant Program, from the renowned journal ‘Language Learning’, supports doctoral candidates’ dissertation research in language sciences. Danni and Yeonwoo will receive up to $2,000 to cover expenses connected with the research component of the dissertation. Read more about their research on the UCL homepage. Congratulations to Danni and Yeonwoo!

MA TESOL Pre-Service grad thanks Dr Dina Mehmedbegovic-Smith after getting position as high school English teacher in Shenzhen, China

MA TESOL Pre-Service (2017-2018) graduate, Yicong, who took the module ‘Working with Bilingual / Multilingual Learners in International Schools Settings’ has recently secured an English teaching position, thanks to what she learned in the module, which is led by Dr Dina Mehmedbegovic-Smith.

Yicong recently wrote to Dina: “This course helped me a lot. When I sought jobs, I talked a lot about how international schools work. Many school headmasters praised me because of this. And luckily, next year I will become a high school English teacher in Shenzhen, China.” Congratulations, from all of us in the UCL Centre for Applied Linguistics, Yicong!

Miguel Pérez-Milans wins the BAAL Book Prize!

Congratulations to Miguel Pérez-Milans who has won the award for ‘The Oxford Handbook of Language Policy and Planning’ which he edited with Professor James Tollefson (University of Washington). The prize was announced at the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL) annual conference in Manchester.

The book covers a history of language policy and planning (LPP) and explores directions for future research. It covers different LPP frameworks from historical, ethical and socio-economic angles. Split into four sections, the book covers a diverse range of topics including language tests and policy, nationalism, globalisation and social media, among others.

IOE Centre for Applied Linguistics members Dr Miguel Pérez-Milans, Dr Alfonso Del Percio and Professor Li Wei all contributed chapters to the book. Read the announcement on the IOE website here.

Prof Gunther Kress (1940-2019) Our deepest condolences and sympathies

We are very very sorry to report that Prof Gunther Kress, member of @uclappliedlinguistics, died of a heart attack yesterday, 20 June, in Rome. He was at the A-Mode conference: https://a-mode.eumade4ll.eu. We have lost a leading thinker in social semiotics, education, language and communication, literacy, multimodality, and so much more. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gunther_Kress