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Dr Helen Lee

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Professional biography

Dr Helen Lee is currently working as a post-doctoral research associate and freelance consultant for WELS. She holds an MA TESOL (Distinction) and worked for many years as a language practioner and course designer in Spain and the UK. Her PhD research on multimodal learning across mobile devices from outside the classroom won first prize for student research in Applied Linguistics and Technology in WELS. She has published in System and co-authored chapters with Regine Hampel and Agnes Kukulska-Hulme for the The Handbook of Technology and Second.Language Teaching and Learning (2017) and The Handbook of Informal Language Learning (2020) (Wiley & Sons). Forthcoming publications include chapters for Cambridge University Press and Bloomsbury on theoretical CALL and multimodal discourse analysis. She recently acted as a reviewer for a forthcoming special edition of Language Learning & Technology on the theme of Semiotics in CALL. She is presently working on an international project which examines the identities and skills of the language teacher in the 21st century and is involved in the network's social media and research design. This project involves partnerships with universities around the world within an innovative AILA Research Network with both theoretical and practical goals which include professional development frameworks and influencing policy decisions.

Research interests

Research interests include language teaching and learning with technology: qualitative research design; multimodal data collection and analysis; L2 communication online; multimodal discourse analysis; gesture studies; interdisciplinary methodological design in CALL; mobile learning and pedagogy; videoconferencing; learning in the digital wilds; interrelationship between learning inside and outside the classroom; task design; speaking and communication; EFL; theoretical CALL. 

Teaching interests

Dr Helen Lee worked with post-graduate trainee teachers on an international MA TESOL programme at The University of Brighton. She has also presented her research at universities around the world and is an expert in multimodal communication and language learning and teaching with technology. She has led seminars and methodological workshops for PhD students at The OU and the University of Valencia. Helen has extensive experience working with students from around the world as both a practioner and researcher. She is interested in both MA and PhD supervision.

Impact and engagement

Dr Helen Lee's publications have been cited over one-hundred and thirty times and she has three publications in the h index. Citations include articles in ReCALL and detailed descriptions of her PhD research study on multimodal learning with mobiles outside the classroom in Pegrum (2019) and Hampel (2019).

External collaborations

Dr Helen Lee is currently working as a post-doctorate researcher on a project entitled: "Perspectives and Trajectories of the Language Teacher in the 21st Century" where OU researchers working in the field of language teaching with digital technologies are collaborating with universities based in S. America, N. America, Australia, N. Zealand, Asia,and Europe. The project also aims to bring together language educators and researchers.

For more information about the project please follow us on Twitter @21stcenturylangteach

Links with 45 members of a Research Network in AILA. See Twitter: @21stcenturylangteach


Mobile Collaboration for Language Learning and Cultural Learning (2020-01-23)
Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes and Lee, Helen
In: Dressman, Mark and Sadler, Randall William eds. The Handbook of Informal Language Learning. Blackwell Handbooks in Linguistics (pp. 169-180)
ISBN : 9781119472308 | Publisher : Wiley Blackwell | Published : Chichester

Mobile Learning Revolution: Implications for Language Pedagogy (2017-06-30)
Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes; Lee, Helen and Norris, Lucy
In: Chapelle, Carol A. and Sauro, Shannon eds. The Handbook of Technology and Second Language Teaching and Learning (pp. 217-233)
ISBN : 9781118914069 | Publisher : Wiley & Sons | Published : Oxford

Intelligent assistants in language learning: an analysis of features and limitations (2020)
Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes and Lee, Helen
In : EUROCALL 2020 (19-22 Aug 2020, Online) (pp. 172-176)