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Dr Tim Lewis

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Professional biography

Tim Lewis is currently a Senior Lecturer in Languages at the Open University and a member of the Open Languages Research Group, which is part of the CREET Languages and Literacies Research Cluster. Tim  holds a B.A. Joint Honours Degree in German and French (Class 1)and a Ph.D in Comparative Literature from the University of London, as well as an M.A in Applied Linguistics from the University of Reading. As founding Director of the Modern Languages Teaching Centre of the University of Sheffield (1993-2001) Tim pioneered the integration of Tandem Learning into the curriculum of UK Higher Education and raised more than £210,000 in external funding, from both UK and European Bodies, for a range of innovative projects. Tim is also a qualified translator and interpreter who has worked regularly, on a freelance basis, for South Yorkshire Police, as well as Courts in South Yorkshire.  From 2008-2012 Tim was Programme Director for Language Studies.    Tim co-edited Language Learning Strategies in Independent Settings (Clevedon: Multilingual Matters, 2008) and  Language Learning and Technology: Multilateral Online Exchanges for Language and Culture Learning, (LLT 15 (2011), 1) 2011).  Tim researches and publishes in the fields of telecollaboration, tandem learning, learner autonomy and intercultural learning.  From October to December 2012, Tim was one of the team from Department of Languages Team which ran the OT12 MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) in translating open educational resources.

Research interests

Tim's research interests embrace most aspects of university language teaching. His current activity and publication focuses especially on  telecollaboration (tandem learning), learner and teacher autonomy and intercultural learning.

Teaching interests

French, German, Intercultural Communication, Translation.

Research Activity

Externally funded projects

Open World Learning

RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Co-investigator01/Oct/201530/Sep/2020LEVERHULME The Leverhulme Trust
The OU has been awarded a major grant from The Leverhulme Trust to enable 18 new PhD scholarships to drive forward knowledge of Open World Learning. The focus will be on how to increase access to education for all across the globe using new technologies and innovative approaches. The Leverhulme Trust has awarded a grant of £1,050,000 to The OU's Institute of Educational Technology (IET) and Faculty of Education and Language Studies (FELS) to fund 15 full-time, three-year doctoral scholarships over the next five years. In addition to this, the OU will fund a further three scholars from low and middle-income economies, taking the total number of places up to 18. Managed by the Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET), the purpose of these scholarships is to explore the factors that support or impede inclusive approaches to learning, for example around the use of new communication methods such as social networking and devices such as mobile phones and tablets.

Publications

Introduction to system special issue on telecollaboration (2017-02)
Lewis, Tim
System, 64 (pp. 1-6)
MOOCs: striking the right balance between facilitation and self-determination (2014-03)
Beaven, Tita; Hauck, Mirjam; Comas-Quinn, Anna; Lewis, Tim and de los Arcos, Beatriz
Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, 10(1) (pp. 31-43)
The Open Translation MOOC: creating online communities to transcend linguistic barriers (2013-12)
Beaven, Tita; Comas-Quinn, Anna; Hauck, Mirjam; de los Arcos, Beatriz and Lewis, Timothy
Journal of Interactive Media in Education, Article 18
Between the social and the selfish: learner autonomy in online environments (2013)
Lewis, Tim
Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching, 7 (3) (pp. 198-212)
The Notions of Control and Consciousness in Learner Autonomy and Self-Regulated Learning: a comparison and critique (2011-07)
Lewis , Tim and Vialleton, Elodie
Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching, 5(2) (pp. 205-219)
Special Issue Commentary: Multilateral online exchanges for language and culture learning (2011-02-01)
Lewis, Timothy; Chanier, Thierry and Youngs , Bonnie
Language Learning & Technology, 15(1) (pp. 3-9)
[Book Review] Teaching Academic and Professional English Online, Editors: González-Pueyo, Isabel; Foz Gil, Carmen; Jaime Siso, Mercedes and Luzón Marco, María José. Peter Lang, 2009 (2011-01-05)
Lewis, Tim
ReCALL, 23(1) (pp. 79-82)
Les stratégies collaboratives d’apprentisssage lors d’un échange en tandem via Internet (2007)
Lewis, Timothy and Stickler, Uschi
Revue LIDIL(36) (pp. 163-188)
When teaching is learning: A personal account of learning to teach online (2006-05)
Lewis, Timothy
CALICO Journal, 23(3) (pp. 581-600)
Online Intercultural Exchange and Foreign Language Learning: a Systematic Review (2016-05)
Lewis, Tim and O'Dowd, Robert
In: O'Dowd, Robert and Lewis, Tim eds. Online Intercultural Exchange: Policy, Pedagogy, Practice (pp. 21-66)
Publisher : Routledge
Introduction to Online Intercultural Exchange and This Volume (2016-05)
Lewis, Tim and O'Dowd, Robert
In: Lewis, Tim and O'Dowd, Robert eds. Online Intercultural Exchange: Policy, Pedagogy, Practice (pp. 3-20)
ISBN : 9781138932876 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London
Clustering, Collaboration and Community: Sociality at Work in a cMOOC (2015-05)
Lewis, Timothy; Comas-Quinn, Anna and Hauck, Mirjam
In: Dixon, Edward and Thomas, Michael eds. Researching Language Learner Interactions Online: From Social Media to MOOCs. CALICO Monograph Series (pp. 45-61)
ISBN : 978-0-9963165-0-7 | Publisher : Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO) | Published : Texas, USA
Reconsidering the authenticity of speech in French language teaching: theory, data, methodology, and practice (2014-06-01)
Vialleton, Élodie and Lewis, Tim
In: Tyne, Henry ; André, Virginie; Boulton, Alex and Benzitoun, Christophe eds. French through Corpora: Ecological and Data-Driven Perspectives in French Language Studies (pp. 293-316)
ISBN : 978-1-4438-5831-1 | Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing | Published : Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Learner autonomy and the theory of sociality (2014-05-07)
Lewis, Tim
In: Murray, Garold ed. Social Dimensions of Autonomy in Language Learning (pp. 37-59)
ISBN : 9781137290236 | Publisher : Palgrave MacMillan | Published : Basingstoke
Collaborative language learning strategies in an email tandem exchange (2008-10-03)
Stickler, Ursula and Lewis, Tim
In: Hurd, Stella and Lewis, Timothy eds. Language Learning Strategies in Independent Settings. Second Language Acquisition (33) (pp. 237-261)
ISBN : 1-84769-098-X | Publisher : Multilingual Matters | Published : Bristol, UK
The Tridem Project (2007-10)
Hauck, Mirjam and Lewis, Tim
In: O'Dowd, Robert ed. Online Intercultural Exchange: An Introduction for Foreign Language Teachers. Language for Intercultural Communication andEducation (15) (pp. 250-258)
ISBN : 978-1-84769-008-1 | Publisher : Multilingual Matters | Published : Bristol, UK
Aprendizaje tándem y competencia intercultural (2006)
Stickler, Ursula and Lewis, Tim
In: Ojanguren Sánchez, Ana and Blanco-Hölscher, Margarita eds. El Aprendizaje Autónomo de Lenguas en Tandem: Principios, estrategias y experiencas de integracion (pp. 90-102)
ISBN : 9788483175453 | Publisher : Universidad de Oviedo | Published : Oviedo
Language learning and language learners (2005-07-21)
Lewis, Timothy; Pleines, Christine and Hurd, Stella
In: Hurd, Stella and Murphy, Linda eds. Success with languages. Routledge Study Guides (pp. 1-20)
ISBN : 415368367 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London, UK
The Case for Tandem Learning (2003)
Lewis, Timothy
In: Lewis, Timothy and Walker, Lesley eds. Autonomous language learning in Tandem (pp. 13-25)
ISBN : 095415892X | Publisher : Academy Electronic Publications | Published : Sheffield, UK
Integrating autonomous learning into the curriculum: the Tandem Module at the University of Sheffield (2003)
Lewis, Timothy
In: Lewis, Timothy and Walker, Lesley eds. Autonomous language learning in tandem (pp. 169-176)
ISBN : 095415892X | Publisher : Academy Electronic Publications | Published : Sheffield
Tandem learning at the University of Sheffield (2003)
Lewis, Timothy and Walker, L
In: Autonomous language learning in tandem (pp. 7-11)
ISBN : 0-9541589-2-X | Publisher : Academy Electronic Publications | Published : Sheffield
Integrering av autonom inlärning i en läroplan: tandemmodulen vid universitetet i Sheffield (Integration of autonomous learning in a curriculum: the Tandem Module at the University of Sheffield) (2003)
Lewis, Timothy
In: Jonsson, Bengt ed. Självstyrd språkinlärning i tandem - en handbook (Autonomous language learning in tandem. A handbook). Institutionen för humaniora i Härnösand. Rapport (12) (pp. 123-129)
ISBN : 91-87908-70-0 | Publisher : Institutionen för humaniora i Härnösand/Department of Humanities, Mid Sweden University | Published : Härnösand, Sweden
De integratie van autonoom leren in het curriculum: de tademmodule aan der universteit Sheffield (The integration of language learning in the curriculum: The tandem module at the University of Sheffield) (2003)
Lewis, Tim
In: Gaßdorf, Annette and Vijgen, Mathi eds. Autonoom leren van talen in tandems, Handboek (Autonomous language learning in tandem: Handbook) (pp. 105-110)
ISBN : 90-74220-44-4 | Publisher : e-Tandem | Published : Netherlands
Tandem learning and intercultural competence (2003)
Stickler, Uschi and Lewis, Tim
In: Lewis, Timothy and Walker, Lesley eds. Autonomous language learning in tandem (pp. 93-104)
ISBN : 095415892X | Publisher : Academy Electronic Publications | Published : Sheffield, UK
Intégration de l’apprentissage autonome dans le curriculum à l’université de Sheffield (Integrating autonomous learning into the curriculum at the University of Sheffield) (2002)
Lewis, Timothy
In: Helmling, Brigitte; Brammerts, Helmut; Kleppin, Karin; Cintrat, Iva and Otto, Erik eds. L’apprentissage autonome des langues en tandem (Autonomous language learning in tandem). Collection C.R.E.D.I.F Essais (pp. 123-128)
ISBN : 9782278050314 | Publisher : Les Editions Didier | Published : Paris, France
A integraçao da aprendizagem autónoma nos programas curriculares: o módulo tandem na Universidade de Sheffield (Integrating Autonomous Learning into the Curriculum. The tandem module at the University of Sheffield) (2002)
Lewis, Timothy
In: Delille, Karl Heinz and Chichorro, Adelaide eds. Aprendizagem autónoma de línguas em tandem (Autonomous language learning in tandem. Textos pedagogicos e didácticos (12) (pp. 127-134)
ISBN : 972-772-334-9 | Publisher : Ediçoes Colibri | Published : Lisbon, Portugal
Learner Autonomy and Web 2.0 (2017-04-28)
Cappellini, Marco; Lewis , Tim and Rivens Mompean , Annick eds.
Advances in CALL Research and Practice
ISBN : 9781781795972 | Publisher : Equinox | Published : Sheffield
Online Intercultural Exchange: policy, pedagogy, practice (2016-05)
O'Dowd, Robert and Lewis , Tim eds.
Routledge Studies in Language and Intercultural Communication
ISBN : 9781138932876 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London
Language Learning Strategies in Independent Settings (2008-10-01)
Hurd, Stella and Lewis, Tim eds.
Second Language Acquisition
ISBN : 9781847690982 | Publisher : Multilingual Matters | Published : Bristol, UK
Autonomous Language Learning in Tandem (2003)
Lewis, Tim and Walker, Lesley eds.
ISBN : 095415892X | Publisher : Academy Electronic Press | Published : Sheffield
The Open Translation MOOC: creating online communities to transcend linguistic barriers (2013-03)
Beaven, Tita; Comas-Quinn, Anna; de los Arcos, Bea; Hauck, Mirjam and Lewis, Timothy
In : OER 13 Creating a virtuous circle (26-27 March 2013, Nottingham)
A century of spoken French in language learning: have representations and practices changed? (2012-06-01)
Vialleton, Elodie and Lewis, Timothy
In : Annual Conference of the Association for French Language Studies (1-3 June 2012, Newcastle University)
Reconsidering authenticity: using spontaneous speech to develop listening skills in adult beginner distance learners of French (2011-09)
Vialleton, Elodie and Lewis, Tim
In : Annual Conference of the Association for French Language Studies (8-10 September 2011, Nancy, France)
Partnerships with the Open University department of languages: current experience and future opportunities (2010-02)
Vialleton, Elodie and Lewis, Timothy
In : Les partenariats universitaires franco-britanniques (5 Feb 2010, London, UK)
Multilateral Online Exchanges for Language and Culture Learning (2011-02)
Lewis, Timothy; Chanier, Thierry and Youngs, Bonnie
Language Learning and Technology, Vol. 15 (1)

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