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Dr Frank Monaghan

Profile summary

  • Regional Academic Staff
  • Staff Tutor (Education)/Senior Lecturer
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • School of Languages and Applied Linguistics
  • English Language and Applied Linguistics
  • frank.monaghan

Professional biography

I am a Senior Lecturer in applied linguistics with particular interests in linguistic landscapes, social media, football fan activism, and EAL.

I have been involved in the Thinking Together research project, investigating the use of ICT in primary mathematics classroom to promote exploratory talk. I formerly worked as an EAL and English teacher at North Westminster Community School, London.

I am an active CPD facilitator on the topics of language and mathematics, English as an additional language (EAL), and provision for gifted and talented EAL students.

I am currently interested in social media and the linguistic landscape fields and working on a project about creativity and identity in Liverpool Footbal Club fans' banners. I am also developing a research interest in language in art and, having worked as a translator and interpreter, translation studies. (I am currently working on a translation of Friedrich Dürrenmatt's Der Besuch der Alten Dame.

I am a co-opted member of NALDIC (National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum - the UK's professional association for those working with learners of English as an additional language in our schools) and serve on their Publications Committee.

Research interests

  • Creativity, identity and activism in football fans' banners and use of social media
  • Linguistic Landscapes
  • Translation studies
  • Classroom based research on language and mathematics with a particular focus on bilingual students in secondary school.

Teaching interests

Applied linguistics

Impact and engagement

My main areas of impact come through my work with NALDIC on EAL issues through publications and CPD. I have also written a number of articles for The Conversation on language, nationality and migration that have attracted interest from around the globe (over 30k readers so far). I have also made frequent appearances on national and local radio talking about language and migration issues.

External collaborations

My main external collaboration has been with NALDIC, the IK's EAL professional association and I also maintain links with schools through talks to students and CPD.

I am on  the editorial board of Language and Education and a peer reviewer for saeveral other journals.


'Don't think in your head, think aloud': ICT and exploratory talk in the primary school mathematics classroom (2005)
Monaghan, Frank
Research in Mathematics Education, 7(1) (pp. 83-100)
Entering the list: campaigning for bilingual education on the NET (2003)
Monaghan, Frank
Language and Education, 17(4) (pp. 281-302)
Fabula: A Bilingual Multimedia Authoring Environment for Children Exploring Minority Languages (2002-05)
Edwards, Viv; Pemberton, Lyn; Knight, John and Monaghan, Frank
Language Learning & Technology, 6(2) (pp. 56-69)
What difference does it make? Children's views of the differences between some quadrilaterals (2000-03)
Monaghan, Frank
Educational Studies in Mathematics, 42(2) (pp. 179-196)
Books, pictures and conversations: using bilingual multimedia storybooks to develop language awareness (2000)
Edwards, Viv; Monaghan, Frank and Knight, John
Language Awareness, 9(3) (pp. 135-146)
Bilingual multimedia: some challenges for teachers (2000)
Edwards, Viv; Monaghan, Frank and Hartley, Tony
Language, Culture and Curriculum, 13(3) (pp. 264-278)
Judging a word by the company it keeps: the use of concordancing software to explore aspects of the mathematics register (1999)
Monaghan, Frank
Language and Education, 13(1) (pp. 59-70)
Practical Ways to Support New Arrivals (2004)
Monaghan, Frank
ISBN : 07049-1447786 | Publisher : National Centre for Language and Literacy | Published : Reading
Seeing Red: social media and football fan activism (2014-02-19)
Monaghan, Frank
In: Seargeant, Philip and Tagg, Caroline eds. The Language of Social Media: Identity and Community on the Internet (pp. 228-254)
ISBN : 978-1-137-02930-0 | Publisher : Palgrave | Published : London
Thinking aloud means talking allowed: group work in the primary school mathematics classroom (2010-06-01)
Monaghan, Frank
In: Thompson, Ian ed. Issues in Teaching Numeracy in Primary Schools, 2nd edition (pp. 58-71)
ISBN : 9780335241538 | Publisher : The Open University Press / McGraw Hill Education | Published : Maidenhead
Mainstream participatory approaches: from slipstream to mainstream (2010)
Monaghan, Frank
In: Leung, Constant and Creese, Angela eds. English as an Additional Language: Approaches to teaching linguistic minority students (pp. 15-32)
ISBN : 9-781847-875327 | Publisher : Sage | Published : London
Mapping the mathematical langscape (2009)
Monaghan, Frank
In: Barwell, Richard ed. Multilingualism in Mathematics Classrooms: Global Perspectives. Bilingual Education and Bilingualism (pp. 14-31)
ISBN : 978-1-84769-204-7 | Publisher : Multilingual matters | Published : Clevedon
English in the curriculum (2007-03)
Monaghan, Frank and Mayor, Barbara
In: Mercer, Neil; Swann, Joan and Mayor, Barbara eds. Learning English (pp. 151-176)
ISBN : 978-0-415-37687-7 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London, UK
IT’s all talk? (2001-01-26)
Monaghan, Frank
In: Goodwin, Prue ed. The articulate classroom: talking and learning in the primary school (pp. 77-82)
ISBN : 1853467030 | Publisher : David Fulton
Unforgetting Hillsborough: researching memorialisation (2018-05-02)
Monaghan, Frank
In : X-Scapes: 10th Linguistic Landscapes Workshop (02-04 May 2018, University of Bern, Switzerland) (pp. 1-1)


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