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Dr Ann Hewings

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Director English Language and Applied Linguistics
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • School of Languages and Applied Linguistics
  • English Language and Applied Linguistics
  • ann.hewings

Professional biography

I am the Director of Applied Linguistics and English Language (ALEL). I have been part of the teams producing both Master's and undergraduate modules. I chaired the production of a new second level module - Worlds of English (U214) and this is currently leading me in some interesting new research directions. I have taught English in UK language schools, and overseas in Sweden, Malaysia and Australia. I worked for ten years as a member of the COBUILD team researching and writing English language dictionaries and reference materials, and have a long standing interest in disciplinarity, particularly as revealed in academic writing within higher education. More recently, I have been investigating the discipline of English Studies both in the UK and internationally: what constitutes the research and teaching area under the umbrella of English Studies and how do the different areas of interest inform approaches to English.

Research interests

1. The development of the discipline of English studies in global contexts. In particular I am interested in how English language study is incoorporated

 within the subject area of English in higher education.

2. Using detailed textual analysis to focus on areas such as Thematic patterning, metadiscourse and the semantic contents of grammatical subjects in order to analyse different genres of academic writing including computer mediated discussions: student essays written by native speakers studying geography; international students writing dissertations in business administration; published research articles in a variety of disciplines; answers written by international students in response to the IELTS examination academic writing component; essays and computer mediated discussions in the fields of applied linguistics and health and social care; psychology articles written in English by non-Anglophone context scholars. 

3. Learning to argue through on-line conferencing: This research project looked at the discourse of students participating in on-line tutorial conferences. Contributions resulting from different tutor strategies to encourage reflection and critical engagement on-line were compared to the final written assignments produced by students. Findings relate to stutor strategies and to the hybrid nature of both on-line and assignment writing.

 

Funded Research Projects

Supporting analysis of the English language. Open Uuniversity Scholarship of Assessment Funded project 2016-17.

How can employability be integrated into assessment on E304? New models of assessment and tuition scholarship project. Open Uuniversity Scholarship of Assessment Funded project 2013-14.

Challenges in Residency  - HEA Digital Literacies in the Disciplines project. 2013-14.

The discipline of English Language Studies- a global perspective? HEA Discipline Workshop Seminar Series 2011-12.

The effectiveness of interventions to support greater participation in, and more purposeful use of online  forums on undergraduate English Language studies modules. Open University Scholarship grant (2011-2012)

English Studies in East European Higher Education: Post-Accession Bulgaria and Romania. Leverhulme Trust funded ‘International Network’ grant  (2008-2009)

Trajectories of knowledge production: English medium academic writing in national, transnational and international contexts (2007-2008)
(Economic and Social Research Council funding)

Supporting undergraduate students’ acquisition of academic argumentation strategies through computer conferencing (2005-2006)
(Higher Education Academy funding)

Academic argument - the role of asynchronous electronic conferencing (2002 to 2003)
(Learning and Teaching Innovation Committee funding, Open University)

Academic argument- using new technologies to move students from collaborative to individual forms of argumentation (2001 - 2002)
(Learning and Teaching Innovation Committee funding, Open University)

IELTS 2000 A linguistic analysis of Chinese and Greek L1 scripts for IELTS Academic Writing Task 2 (2000-2001)
(British Council and International English Language Testing System Funding )
 

Research Degree Supervision
2003 Sarah North, Emergent disciplinarity in an interdisciplinary course: theme use in undergraduate essays in the history of science, PhD.

2005 Gab’sile Lukhele, Academic Writing in global open distance learning: Case studies of an MBA programme in Ethiopia, Russia and the United Kingdom, MPhil.

2006 Sylvia Jones, Arguing on-line and off: an investigation of students' argumentation in the context of computer-mediated discussions and individually written assignments, PhD.

2010 Doris Scharinger, Thematic structure of PhD thesis abstracts in English, MRes.

2011 Maria Leedham, L1 Mandarin students and L1 English students in UK HE: How and why does their use of lexical chunks differ?

Ongoing Jane Cobb A comparative investigation of multiple perspectives on dialogic feedback on academic writing. EdD.

Ongoing Amy Aisha Brown Discourses of the English Language in the Japanese Twitter Community. PhD.

Ongoing Theron Muller Experiences and Reflections of Emerging Scholars Pursuing Academic Publication. PhD    

 

 

 

Research Degrees Examined
2002 PhD Title: Investigating textual structure in native and non-native English research articles: Strategy differences between English and Indonesian writers, University of New South Wales, Australia.

2003 EdD Title: Students’ notions of ‘audience’ as revealed by the academic writing of a group of Open University undergraduate students, The Open University, UK.

2004 PhD Title: Person-oriented and process-oriented teachers: An investigation of the links between ESOL Teachers’ Personal Belief Systems and approaches to teaching, Aston University, UK.

2005 PhD Title: A rhetorical analysis of examination essays in three disciplines: The case of Ghanaian undergraduate students, National University of Singapore, Singapore.

2006 MPhil Title: A retrospective analysis of learning through cooperative dialogue: Dialogic acts, plausible inferences and empathy, The Open University, UK.

2006 Masters by Research Title: Comparing text structures in English and Spanish in discussion genre at university level, University of New South Wales, Australia.

2007 PhD Title: Dialogic learning in tutorial talk: a case study of semiotic mediation as a learning resource for second language international students, University of Adelaide, Australia.

2009  PhD Title: Awareness Raising of Language Learner’s Writing Strategies in an Omani EFL context, University of  Leeds.

2013 EdD Title: Teacher classroom practices, beliefs and attitudes towards teachers' target and first language use in public primary EFL classrooms in Cyprus. The Open University, UK.

2014 PhD Title: Revisiting the writing process in the digital age: the writing processes and practices of science and technology undergraduates at Lancaster University. University of Lancaster, UK.

 

Teaching interests

I have been involved in the production of both master’s level and undergraduate level English language modules as well as teacher training materials for Brazilian English teachers. I was involved in the setting up of the cross-faculty English language and literature degree (http://www3.open.ac.uk/courses/bin/p12.dll?Q01B39)  and am currently working on a new grammar module.

I have contributed to the teaching of a Master's module Teaching English to speakers of other languages worldwide (E841), and to undergraduate modules - English grammar in context (E303), Exploring the English language (U211), Children's literature (EA300), Worlds of English (U214), Languages and cultures (L161) and I'm currently working on Exploring English grammar (E304).

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
CREET: Educational Studies Research ClusterClusterFaculty of Education and Language Studies
CREET: Language and Literacies Research ClusterClusterFaculty of Education and Language Studies

Publications

Constructing a discipline: pedagogically focused knowledge production in open and distance education (2014-08-21)
Hewings, Ann and Seargeant, Philip
Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-learning, 29(2) (pp. 131-144)
Arguing as an academic purpose: The role of asynchronous conferencing in supporting argumentative dialogue in school and university (2012-03)
Coffin, Caroline; Hewings, Ann and North, Sarah
Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 11(1) (pp. 38-51)
Who's citing whose writings? A corpus based study of citations as interpersonal resource in English medium national and English medium international journals (2010-06)
Hewings, Ann; Lillis, Theresa and Vladimirou, Dimitra
Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 9(2) (pp. 102-115)
The geolinguistics of English as an academic lingua franca: Citation practices across English-medium national and English-medium international journals (2010)
Lillis, T.; Hewings, A.; Vladimirou, D. and Curry, M. J.
International Journal of Applied Linguistics, 20(1) (pp. 111-135)
Using exchange structure analysis to explore argument in text-based computer conferences (2008-11-01)
North, Sarah; Coffin, Caroline and Hewings, Ann
International Journal of Research and Method in Education, 31(3) (257 -276)
Writing in multi-party computer conferences and single authored assignments: Exploring the role of writer as thinker (2007-04)
Hewings, A. and Coffin, C.
Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 6(2) (pp. 126-142)
Argumentation in a multi party asynchronous computer mediated conference: a generic analysis (2005-07-17)
Coffin, Caroline; Painter, Clare and Hewings, Ann
Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, S19 (pp. 41-63)
Engaging electronically: using CMC to develop students' argumentation skills in Higher Education (2005)
Coffin, C. and Hewings, A.
Language and Education, 19(1) (pp. 32-49)
Patterns of debate in tertiary level asynchronous text-based conferencing (2005)
Coffin, Caroline; Painter, Clare and Hewings, Ann
International Journal of Educational Research, 43(7-8) (pp. 464-480)
Language, learning and electronic communications media (2005)
Coffin, Caroline and Hewings, Ann
International Journal of Educational Research, 43(7-8) (pp. 427-431)
Impacts of directed tutorial activities in computer conferencing: a case study (2003-10)
Painter, Clare; Coffin, Caroline and Hewings, Ann
Distance Education, 24(2) (pp. 159-173)
'It is interesting to note that …': a comparative study of anticipatory ‘it’ in student and published writing (2002)
Hewings, Martin and Hewings, Ann
English for Specific Purposes, 21(4) (pp. 367-383)
Grammar and Context (2005)
Hewings, Ann and Hewings, Martin
ISBN : 978-0-415-31081-9 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London, UK
Teaching Academic Writing: A Toolkit for Higher Education (2003-11)
Coffin, Caroline; Curry, Mary Jane; Goodman, Sharon; Hewings, Ann; Lillis, Theresa and Swann, Joan
Coffin, Caroline; Curry, Mary Jane; Goodman, Sharon; Hewings, Ann; Lillis, Theresa and Swann, Joan eds.
ISBN : 978-0-415-26136-4 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London, UK
Introduction: Futures for English Studies (2016-01)
Prescott, Lynda; Hewings, Ann and Seargeant, Philip
In: Hewings, Ann; Prescott, Lynda and Seargeant, Philip eds. Futures for English Studies: Teaching Language, Literature and Creative Writing (pp. 1-8)
ISBN : 978-1-137-43178-3 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmilan | Published : Basingstoke
English language studies: A critical appraisal (2016-01)
Hewings, Ann and Seargeant, Philip
In: Hewings, Ann; Prescott, Lynda and Seargeant, Philip eds. Futures for English Studies: Teaching language, literature and creative writing (pp. 61-77)
ISBN : 978-1-137-43178-3 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan | Published : Basingstoke
Learning English, learning through English (2012-05-10)
Hewings, Ann
In: Hewings, Ann and Tagg, Caroline eds. The Politics of English: Conflict, Competition, Co-existence. Worlds of English (pp. 93-136)
ISBN : 978-0-415-67425-6 | Publisher : Routledge in association with the Open University | Published : Abingdon
Reading and writing in English (2012-03-15)
Allington, Daniel and Hewings, Ann
In: Allington , Daniel and Mayor, Barbara eds. Communicating in English:Talk, Text, Technology. Worlds of English (pp. 47-90)
ISBN : 978-0-415-67422-5 | Publisher : Routledge in association with the Open University | Published : Abingdon
Stance and voice in academic discourse across channels (2012)
Hewings, Ann
In: Hyland , Ken and Sancho Guinda, Carmen eds. Stance and Voice in Written Academic Genres (pp. 187-201)
ISBN : 978-0230302839 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan | Published : Basingstoke
Texts and practices (2010)
Hewings, Ann and North, Sarah
In: Maybin, Janet and Swann, Joan eds. Routledge Companion to English Language Studies. Routledge Companions (pp. 42-75)
ISBN : 9780415403382 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London
E-conferencing: Corpus and Discourse Insights (2009-10-09)
Hewings, A.; Coffin, C. and North, S.P.
In: Charles, M.; Pecorari, D. and Hunston, S. eds. Academic Writing: At the Interface of Corpus and Discourse (pp. 129-151)
ISBN : 9781847064363 | Publisher : Continuum | Published : London
English - one discipline or many? An introductory discussion (2009)
Hewings, Ann
In: Gupta, Suman and Katsarska, Milena eds. English Studies On This Side (pp. 109-122)
ISBN : 9789544235680 | Publisher : Plovdiv University Press | Published : Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Academic writing in English (2007-03)
Hewings, Ann; Lillis, Theresa and Mayor, Barbara
In: Mercer, Neil; Swann, Joan and Mayor, Barbara eds. Learning English (pp. 227-252)
ISBN : 978-0-415-37687-7 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London, UK
A Linguistic analysis of Chinese and Greek L1 scripts for IELTS Academic Writing Task 2 (2007-03)
Mayor, Barbara; Hewings, Ann; North, Sarah; Swann, Joan and Coffin, Caroline
In: Taylor, Linda and Falvey, Peter eds. IELTS Collected Papers: Research in speaking and writing assessment. Studies in language testing (19) (pp. 250-315)
ISBN : 9780521542487 | Publisher : Cambridge University Press | Published : Cambridge, UK
Emergent disciplinary: a comparative study of theme in undergraduate essays in geography and history of science (2006-12)
Hewings, Ann and North, Sarah
In: Whittaker, Rachel; McCabe, Anne and O'Donnell, Mick eds. Language and Literacy: Functional Approaches (pp. 266-281)
ISBN : 9780826489470 | Publisher : Continuum | Published : London, UK
Formative interaction in online writing: making disciplinary expectations explicit (2006-11)
Hewings, Ann and Coffin, Caroline
In: Hyland, Ken and Hyland, Fiona eds. Feedback in Second Language Writing: contexts and issues. Cambridge Applied Linguistics
ISBN : 521856639 | Publisher : Cambridge University Press | Published : Cambridge, UK
The use of theme as a textual organiser in undergraduate essays (2006)
Hewings, Ann and North, Sarah
In: Whittaker, Rachel; O'Donnell, Mick and McCabe, Anne eds. Language and Literacy: Functional Approaches (pp. 257-274)
ISBN : 0 8264 8947 8 | Publisher : Continuum International Publishing Group | Published : London, UK
Impersonalizing stance: a study of anticipatory ‘it’ in student and published academic writing (2004-07-03)
Hewings, Ann and Hewings, Martin
In: Coffin, Caroline; Hewings, Ann and O'Halloran, Kieran eds. Applying English Grammar: Functional and Corpus Approaches (pp. 101-116)
ISBN : 9780340885147 | Publisher : Hodder Arnold | Published : London, UK
Grammar in the construction of on-line discussion messages (2004-06-25)
Coffin, Caroline and Hewings, Ann
In: Coffin, Caroline; Hewings, Ann and O’Halloran, Kieran eds. Applying English grammar: functional and corpus approaches
ISBN : 340885149 | Publisher : Hodder-Arnold | Published : London, UK
Developing discipline-specific writing: an analysis of undergraduate geography essays (2004-06-01)
Hewings, Ann
In: Ravelli, Louise and Ellis, Robert eds. Analysing academic writing: contextualised frameworks. Open linguistics (pp. 131-152)
ISBN : 826461077 | Publisher : Continuum | Published : London, UK
IELTS as preparation for tertiary writing: distinctive interpersonal and textual strategies (2004-06-01)
Coffin, Caroline and Hewings, Ann
In: Ravelli, Louise J. and Ellis, Robert A. eds. Analysing academic writing. Open linguistics series
ISBN : 826461077 | Publisher : Continuum Publishing Group | Published : London, UK
Approaches to teaching writing (2003-11-07)
Curry, Mary Jane and Hewings, Ann
In: Coffin, Caroline; Curry, Mary Jane; Goodman, Sharon; Hewings, Ann; Lillis, Theresa M. and Swann, Joan eds. Teaching Academic Writing: A Toolkit for Higher Education (pp. 19-44)
ISBN : 978-0-415-26136-4 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London, UK
Writing for different disciplines (2003)
Coffin, Caroline and Hewings, Ann
In: Coffin, Caroline; Curry, Mary Jane; Goodman, Sharon; Hewings, Ann; Lillis, Theresa and Swann, Joan eds. Teaching Academic Writing: A Toolkit for Higher Education (pp. 45-72)
ISBN : 978-0-415-26136-4 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London, UK
Shifting Rhetorical Focus in Student and Professional Geography Writing (2002-12)
Hewings, Ann
In: Candlin, C.N. ed. Research and practice in professional discourse (pp. 441-462)
ISBN : 962-937-071-9 | Publisher : City University of Hong Kong Press | Published : Hong Kong
Investigating writing in the disciplines: a case study of geography (2002)
Hewings, Ann
In: Graal, Maria ed. Writing Development in Higher Education : Changing Contexts for Teaching and Learning,. Proceedings of Annual Writing Development in Higher Education Conference, University of Leicester, April 2001 (8th) (pp. 137-152)
ISBN : 953835111 | Publisher : University of Leicester | Published : Leicester
Anticipator ‘it’ in academic writing: an indicator of disciplinary difference and developing disciplinary knowledge (2001)
Hewings, Ann and Hewings, Martin
In: Hewings, Martin ed. Academic writing in context: implications and applications: papers in honour of Tony Dudley-Evans (pp. 199-214)
ISBN : 1902459261 | Publisher : University of Birmingham Press | Published : Birmingham, UK
Futures for English Studies: Teaching language, literature and creative writing in Higher Education (2016-01)
Hewings, Ann; Prescott, Lynda and Seargeant, Philip eds.
ISBN : 978-1-137-43180-6 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan | Published : Basingstoke
The Politics of English Conflict, Competition, Co-existence (2012-05-10)
Hewings, Ann and Tagg, Caroline eds.
Worlds of English
ISBN : 978-0-415-67424-9 | Publisher : Routledge in association with the Open University | Published : Abingdon
Using English (2007)
Maybin, Janet; Mercer, Neil and Hewings, Ann eds.
ISBN : 978-0-415-37682-2 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London, UK
Applying English Grammar: Corpus and Functional Approaches (2004-06-25)
Coffin, C.; Hewings, A. and O'Halloran, K. eds.
ISBN : 340885149 | Publisher : Hodder Arnold | Published : London, UK
The impact of global English on local knowledge production psychology in four national contexts (2008)
Lillis, Theresa; Hewings, Ann and Curry, Mary Jane
In : GlobEng: International Conference on Global English (14-16 Feb 2008, Polo Zanotto, University of Verona, Verona, Italy)

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