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Caroline Tagg

Caroline Tagg (Convenor)

I am a lecturer in applied linguistics with an interest in how social media constrains and enables different forms of communication. I began my current post at the Open University in October 2015. Prior to that, I was a lecturer at the University of Birmingham, where I gained my PhD with a thesis titled 'A corpus analysis of SMS text messaging'. I have an MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL from Leicester University, and previously worked as a TESOL teacher in Spain and then in Vietnam with the British voluntary organisation, Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO). Find out more about Caroline and her research

Kristina Hultgren

Kristina Hultgren (Convenor)

Anna Kristina Hultgren (DPhil Oxon, MA Copenhagen) is a Senior Lecturer in English Language and Applied Linguistics at The Open University. She was educated at the Universities of Oxford and Copenhagen, with visiting periods at Trinity College, Dublin, and the University of Quebec. Before taking up her current post, she worked at universities in Denmark and the UK, and in the international speech technology industry. Kristina is Co-Convenor of the Applied Linguistics and Literacies Research Group at The Open University and she is on the Executive Committee of BAAL (British Association for Applied Linguistics). Find out more about Kristina and her research

Prithvi Shrestha

Prithvi Shrestha (Convenor)

I am a Senior Lecturer in English Language Teaching in the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics. I hold a BEd, MA in English literature (both Tribhuvan University, Nepal), MA TESOL (University of Lancaster) and EdD (The Open University). Prior to coming to work at The Open University in 2006, I worked in Goldsmiths College, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and the School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. I taught as an English language teacher in secondary schools and worked as teacher educator in Nepal over 12 years. Find out more about Prithvi and his research

Ann Hewings

I am the Director of Applied Linguistics and English Language (ALEL). I have been part of teams producing both Master's and undergraduate modules. I chaired the production of Worlds of English (U214) a second level undergraduate module 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. Find out more about Ann and her research

David Hann

David Hann

I am a lecturer in English language and applied linguistics in the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics. Prior to becoming an academic, I was an English language teacher and, for the great majority of that time, I specialised in training non-native executives in business English and communication skills both in the UK and on in-company tailored courses abroad. This practical experience stimulated an academic interest in language and, more specifically, second language acquisition. I pursued this interest by doing a part-time Masters degree in Applied Linguistics when in my thirties Find out more about David and his research

Frank Monaghan

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. Find out more about Frank and his research

Jackie Tuck

I am a Lecturer in English Language and Applied Linguistics at the Open University. I have thirty years’ experience as a teacher and lecturer in English Language, English Literature and Communication in a range of postcompulsory settings, including Higher, Further, Adult and Community Education, English as a Foreign Language and English for Academic Purposes. I have also worked in learning support and writing development roles. I started work with the Open University as an Associate Lecturer I 1997. I now combine a range of teaching roles with pursuing my research interests. Find out more about Jackie and her research

Korina Giaxoglou

I am a Lecturer in Applied Lingusitics and English Language researching the ways we craft and share stories, with a special focus on 'big' and 'small' stories of life and death online. Before joining the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics at the Open University in January 2016, I held a lectureship/senior lectureship post at Kingston University London where I was Acting Head for the Department of Linguistics and Languages. I have also taught at Goldsmiths University and King's College London. Find out more about Korina and her research

Laura Paterson

Laura Paterson

I am a corpus-based sociolinguist interested in how language is used to encode and normalise social structures. My first book, British Pronoun Use, Prescription, and Processing (Palgrave in 2014), focused on the use of epicene (gender-neutral) pronouns in written British English and included a new theory which aims to account for why the formally plural pronoun they can be processed as a singular form in the brain. Find out more about Laura and her research

Lina Adinolfi

Lina Adinolfi joined the OU as Staff Tutor for Languages in Region 06 in 1997. In 2006 she became a Lecturer on the newly created OpenELT team in the Department of Languages at Walton Hall. These two academic roles – one regional, one central - have provided her with insights in both the production and presentational aspects of supporting language learning and teaching within the OU. Find out more about Lina and her research

Maria Leedham

Maria Leedham

I am a Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics and am Co-I on the ESRC-funded Writing in professional social work practice in a changing communicative landscape (WiSP). I hold a BA in Linguistics (Lancaster University), MSc TESOL (Aston University, distance learning) and a PhD (The Open University). I have also qualified as a teacher trainer on Cambridge ESOL CELTA courses and hold the RSA/UCLES Diploma in TEFLA (Edinburgh University). Prior to starting work at The Open University in 2009, I taught EAP (English for Academic Purposes) and was a teacher trainer at Oxford University and Oxford Brookes University. I have also taught EAP and English language at Gyosei College for Japanese Students (Reading, UK), language schools in Oxford, UK and at a secondary school in Iwate, Japan. From 2005-07 I was a Research Assistant at Oxford Brookes on a project resulting in the British English Written English corpus (BAWE). Find out more about Maria and her research

Nathaniel Owen

Nathaniel Owen

I started working at the Open University in summer, 2016 as a Research Associate in the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies. My role is to undertake and support research in the faculty and to identify funding opportunities for future research. I hold a PhD in the field of language testing and assessment from the University of Leicester. Find out more about Nathaniel and his research

Philip Seargeant

Philip Seargeant

I teach language and communication studies, focusing on topics including linguistic creativity, English around the world, and the relationship between language, politics and society. Find out more about Philip and his research

Sharon Goodman

Sharon Goodman joined the Open University as a Lecturer in 1994. She is a linguist whose research combines linguistics with an interest in visual communication, particularly in media texts. She was closely involved in the production of course materials for U214 Worlds of English, E301 The art of English, EA300 Children's Literature and E302 Language and Creativity. Find out more about Sharon and her research

Theresa Lillis

Theresa Lillis

I am a Professor of English Language and Applied Linguistics at The Open University. I am currently Principal Investigator of an ESRC funded research project on writing in professional social work Writing in professional social work practice in a changing communicative landscape 2015-2017 (ES/MOO8703/1). Find out more about Theresa and her research

Sam Austen

Sam Austen

I am a Staff Tutor and Lecturer in Applied Linguistics at the Open University. My research interests include conceptual transfer in second language acquisition, language teaching and learning, cognitive linguistics and its application to classroom practice. I gained my PhD at Cardiff University in early 2016, with a thesis entitled: Learner error in second language acquisition: the transfer of form or concept? and joined the Open University in June of the same year. I come to the OU with a background in language teaching and learning, in particular EAP and Italian. Find out more about Sam and her research