Rania Spiridakou Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesRania Spiridakou was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She is studying for a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics at the Hellenic American University, Athens. She has an MA in TEFL from the University of Reading, UK and a BA in English Language and Literature from Deree, American College of Greece.

Her research interests include institutional language in both spoken and written discourse and blended learning. Rania is currently working on a project to integrate blended learning with L2 writing classes. She is particularly interested in investigating the quality of written work produced after exposure to multimodal material.

Rania’s 25 years of work experience includes English language teaching, syllabus design and running private language institutions in Greece. She has also worked as a translator and proof-reader for the Prefecture of Achaia, Greece. Rania has recently written grammar books for beginner classes.

She is a member of several research centers and groups, such as  the Canadian Association of Applied Linguists, a Peer Mentor for the Journal of Belonging, Identity, Language, and Diversity (J-BILD), and TESOL Greece.

CFP Applied Linguistics & Professional Practice (Wales)

Conferences8th International Conference on Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice (ALAPP) will be hosted by the Centre for Language and Communication Research and held at Cardiff University (UK), 17-19 September 2018. The ALAPP Masterclass is scheduled on 20 September 2018. Deadline: 15 February 2018.

The conference aims to bring together scholars and practitioners from different disciplinary backgrounds, especially language and communication research, and professional domains, e.g. mediation, management, business, law, journalism, education, healthcare, social care, therapy, translation and interpreting.

ALAPP 2018 is open to proposals that broadly fall within the scope of Applied Linguistics and Professional Discourse Studies. Special themes include:
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CFP ELT & Applied Linguistics (Nepal)

ConferencesDepartment of English Education, Tribhuvan University, Nepal, calls for abstracts for its 1st Annual ELT and Applied Linguistics Conference on February 9-10, 2018. Deadline: 15 January 2017.

Acknowledging teachers as key actors for educational reforms, this conference aims at providing teachers, teacher educators, researchers and students with a space for engaging in critical discussions on a wide range of issues in ELT and Applied Linguistics. The theme of this year’s conference is Teachers as Change Actors: Learning from Teaching, Research and Collaboration. We invite proposals from researchers, teachers, and students for panels, workshops, individual presentations/talks and posters.

Postdoc U Vienna: Applied Linguistics (Austria)

PostdocsUniversity Assistant (post doc), Department of Linguistics, University of Vienna, 6 years starting in 2018. Deadline: 20 January 2018.

The Department of Linguistics is a sub-unit of the Faculty of Philological and Cultural Studies consisting of four chairs (General Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Comparative Indo-European Linguistics and Subject Didactics [Language Teaching and Learning Research]). The announced postdoc position is assigned to Applied Linguistics.

Applied Linguistics deals with language in its social context and practice. In the context of this department, this primarily covers sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, text and media research, conversation analysis, research on institutional/organizational communication, multilingualism, language policy as well as (meta)pragmatics. Applied Linguistics is conceived as an empirically driven, theory-building discipline, striving to take a stance on linguistic issues within societal discourse. In the context of the Department of Linguistics, Applied Linguistics is furthermore committed to the common institutional goal of exploring language in a comprehensive sense (as a system, competence and social practice).

The successful candidate should represent Applied Linguistics with a focus on institutional/organizational communication. The candidate should have a research focus on oral data.


Roxanna Senyshyn Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesRoxanna Senyshyn is Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics and Communication Arts and Sciences at Pennsylvania State University, Abington College. Her teaching and research focus on intercultural communication and second language learning and teaching. Specifically, her research interests include intercultural and transformative learning in teacher education, intercultural competencies for academic and professional purposes, and ESL pedagogy and assessment with a focus on academic writing.

Roxanna SenyshynOne strand of Dr. Senyshyn’s research examines the need to prepare both preservice and inservice teachers for working with English language learners in multilingual and multicultural classroom settings.  Through community-based scholarship, she investigates the impact of intercultural engagement and learning on different constituents. From the student perspective, she has studied the impact of intercultural learning through engagement of domestic students with their international peers in semester long projects. She has studied this influence through the lens of Mezirow’s transformative learning theory, which encourages critical reflection and examination of personal beliefs and actions to allow for a change in perspectives and behavior. She has also used transformative learning framework in a faculty professional development context as an assessment tool to investigate the impact of professional development on faculty practices surrounding teaching and learning in a linguistically and culturally diverse college classroom.

The other strand of Dr. Senyshyn’s research focuses on intercultural learning and intercultural competence development to aid in the process of adjustment and acculturation of international students. The primary focus for this scholarship has been on identifying challenges that international students experience when adjusting to both academic and social demands in U.S. colleges and universities and assessing academic support to aid these students in their successful transition. In one of her recent projects, she examined the impact of first-year seminar experience and out-of-class engagement with domestic students on international students’ intercultural competence development.

In addition to her experience in academia, Dr. Senyshyn has been a consultant for BGRS Intercultural and Language Training doing training and coaching for inbound and outbound expatriates and their families in the greater Philadelphia area (Pennsylvania, U.S.).

Chamberlin-Quinlisk, C. R. & Senyshyn, R. (2012). Language teaching and intercultural education: Making critical connections. Intercultural Education, 23, 15-23.

Senyshyn, R.M. & Chamberlin-Quinlisk, C.R. (2009).  Assessing effective partnerships in intercultural education: Transformative learning as a tool for evaluation. Communication Teacher, 23 (4), 167-178.

Senyshyn, R.M.  (2001).  Learning cross-cultural competencies: Implications for international management education.  Perspectives in Higher Education Reform.  Proceedings of the 11th Annual International Conference of Alliance of Universities for Democracy, Volume 10, Sofia, Bulgaria.

Senyshyn, R.M., Warford, M., & Zhan, J.  (2000).  Academic and non-academic issues of adjustment to American higher education.  Journal of International Education, 30(1) 17-35.

Nanyang Technological U Job Ad: Language & Communication (Singapore)

Job adsLecturer (Language and Communication Centre)
Nanyang Technological University – School of Humanities (Singapore)

Young and research-intensive, Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) is ranked 13th globally. It is also placed 1st amongst the world’s best young universities.

The Language and Communication Centre (LCC) offers courses in communication skills to students across the university, particularly in the disciplines of engineering, the humanities, science, and social sciences. The Centre is especially interested in employing teaching staff with a background in English for science and technology, web-based learning programmes, and the teaching of English research writing to postgraduate students across a range of disciplines.

Candidates who have the following qualifications are encouraged to apply:

  • PhD Degree in English linguistics, Applied Linguistics or Technical Communication
  • Experience in course design for discipline-specific English
  • Interest in new media and digital literacy
  • An active research agenda

Successful candidates will be expected to teach communication skills, English for academic purposes, and/or technical communication and to conduct research on related areas of inquiry. This position will be in an academic centre which is rapidly developing a strong research trajectory, and which will welcome candidates with a strong interest in research in such fields as English for Academic Purposes, Applied English Linguistics, English for Specific Purposes, multimodal education, web-based learning or a related field of English linguistics. This position may suit newly-qualified PhDs with a passion for interdisciplinary English teaching and research.   

Dublin City U Doctoral Research Scholarships: Applied Linguistics/Translation

FellowshipsDoctoral Research Scholarships in Applied Linguistics and/or Translation Studies, Dublin City University – The School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies (SALIS)

SALIS is a multilingual, multicultural research-focused school with specialisms in Modern Languages, Applied Linguistics, Translation Studies, and Cultural and Intercultural Studies. Our research frequently crosses disciplinary and linguistic boundaries, and our scholarship is increasingly concerned with digital technologies, literacies, and practices in a variety of professional, academic and social contexts.

As part of our commitment to ensuring excellence in doctoral-level research, SALIS is pleased to offer a number of scholarships for full-time PhD students commencing at the end of September, 2017. Successful candidates will be paid a stipend of €16,000 per annum for up to four years, subject to satisfactory annual progression. Registration fees will also be paid.

Successful candidates will join the Applied Linguistics Group (ALG) and/or the Centre for Translation and Textual Studies (CTTS). We are particularly interested in receiving research proposals in the following areas:

● Second Language Acquisition (SLA), Second Language Development (SLD);
● Foreign language pedagogy, multilingual education;
● Language policy;
● Pragmatics and reception studies of multimodal interaction;
● Computer-assisted language learning (incl. digital literacies, multimodality, CMC, data-driven language learning, HCI for language teaching/learning, etc.);
● Translation pedagogy;
● Translation Studies (translation in crisis, workplace-based research, translation technology, HCI, etc.);
● Community interpreting.

Applicants must hold a relevant undergraduate degree at 2.1 or first-class honours level (or equivalent). Ideally, they should also hold a relevant Master’s qualification. Candidates who are currently completing a Master’s qualification are welcome to apply.

Candidates must also be capable of contributing to the delivery of modules in SALIS, particularly in the following areas: French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese or English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).

The closing date: 19th May, 2017

U Nottingham China Job Ad: Applied Linguistics

Assistant Professor(Lecturer) in Applied Linguistics/ELT

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) was the first Sino-foreign university to open its doors in China. This award winning campus offering a UK style education has grown to establish a student body of over 7,000 in just 12 years.

The School of English at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China is a thriving, expanding and research-active school, established with the support of the School of English at the University of Nottingham, UK. This school provides two UG and PG degree programmes each since 2008 and offers our students the same degree certificates as those who study in the UK campus.

The successful candidate for the Assistant Professor in Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching will be expected to deliver lectures and seminars in the areas of Applied Linguistics and English Language teaching. We are looking for someone specializing in at least two of the following areas: intercultural communication, pedagogy of teaching English to young learners, language acquisition and discourse analysis. The candidate is required to deliver teaching to all levels of the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the school. In addition, the candidate is expected to conduct research, obtain research funding, contribute to Research and Knowledge Exchange activities, supervise undergraduate, masters’ and doctoral students and undertake administrative duties.

Closing date: 24 April 2017

University College London Job Ad: Applied Linguistics

Research Assistant (2 years) – Ref:1640327 ESRC-funded Family Language Policy project – Somali community in London
UCL Institute of Education, University College London

Duties and Responsibilities:
You will be a member of the UCL Centre for Applied Linguistics, which is located in the UCL Institute of Education. The UCL Centre for Applied Linguistics is a centre of international excellence in research and teaching in bilingualism and multilingualism, second language acquisition and assessment, discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, language-in-education policy and practice, English language teaching and teacher development, corpus linguistics, and intercultural communication.

The successful applicant will be involved in conducting family-based linguistic ethnography within the Somali community in London with different types of families. The post-holder will be expected to manage the day-today project objectives, under the supervision of Professor Li Wei, and to work in collaboration with the other project team members based in Reading University and Birkbeck College, University of London.

The post is available and funded from 01 September 2017 until 31 August 2019.

Key Requirements:
Candidates should have postgraduate qualifications in applied linguistics, with extensive knowledge of the Somali community in the UK and extensive knowledge of linguistic ethnography. Good knowledge of standard statistical analysis and demonstrable skills in verbal and written communication are expected.

Closing Date: 7 May 2017, latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59
Interview date:  TBC

U London Job Ad: Sociolinguistics (UK)

Lecturer A/B in Sociolinguistics
Birkbeck, University of LondonApplied Linguistics and Communication
Deadline: March 2, 2017

The Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication in the School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy invites applicants for a lectureship with a track record and relatively extensive experience in the research area of Sociolinguistics. We would welcome applicants with expertise in the study of sociolinguistics in multilingual and intercultural contexts.