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.


Talia Isaacs to be keynote speaker at EALTA (Dublin 31 May-2 June)

Our own Talia Isaacs will be a keynote speaker at the 16th European Association for Language Testing and Assessment (EALTA) conference to be held at University College Dublin 31 May – 2 June 2019. More information on the conference can be found here:

Lecturer position in Sociolinguistics! Application deadline 14 Nov

UCL Centre for Applied Linguistics

Lecturer in Sociolinguistics for Language Education, Ref:1759947 

Grade:  8, Full Time

Salary (inclusive of London allowance): £43,884 – £51,769 per annum

Applications are invited for a Lectureship in Sociolinguistics for Language Education. The successful candidate is required to make a major contribution to the range of Master’s programmes in Applied Linguistics and TESOL, and to research and administration in the Centre for Applied Linguistics, including programme management, supervising PhDs, and carrying out first-class research activities.

The postholder should have a PhD in Sociolinguistics, Linguistic Ethnography and Discourse Studies with specific reference to language education, and a successful track record of research through publications of international significance. Expertise and experience in teaching and researching one or more specialist areas of Sociolinguistics, Linguistic Ethnography and Discourse Studies with specific reference to language education, migration and multilingualism is essential, together with knowledge of the international context for ELT and second language learning, and an understanding of different methodologies used in these fields.

This post is available from 1st January 2019.

Closing Date: 14 Nov 2018 by 23:59

For further details about this post, please click here.

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Professor Li Wei:

Dr Froso Argyri & Prof Li Wei’s UCL BiLingo highlighted by UCL Grand Challenges

Dr Froso Argyri and Prof. Li Wei’s work with the London community on childhood bilingualism/multilingualism, co-founders of UCL BiLingo (, an information and education service for childhood bilingualism/multilingualism is highlighted by the UCL Grand Challenges’ latest blog:

Watch Dr Froso Argyri and Dr Merle Mahon talk about UCL BiLingo’s work:

New book on Metaphor, Cancer and the End of Life


Drawings taken from Lancaster University’s ‘Metaphor Menu’, a collection of examples of different ways in which people described their experiences with cancer

This week sees the publication of ‘Metaphor, Cancer and the End of Life: a corpus-based study’ by Elena Semino, Zsófia Demjén, Andrew Hardie, Sheila Payne and Paul Rayson. The book is the culmination of an ESRC-funded project on metaphors used to talk about cancer and the end of life in the UK by Lancaster University and University College London researchers. Continue reading