Two more book contributions in ‘Developing as an EFL Researcher: Stories from the Field’

Volha and I both have contributions in the book ‘Developing as an EFL Researcher: Stories from the Field’ edited by Siân Etherington and Mark Daubney. This book is based on poster presentations from the IATEFL Research SIG pre-conference event held in Manchester in 2015. Both those posters are on the walls in the B3 corridor in Read More …

Adrian Holliday on PhD students, interculturality, reflexivity, community and internationalisation

Abstract Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development  DOI:10.1080/01434632.2015.1134554 Interviews with a small group of doctoral students at a British university indicate that the students feel that the programme provides an environment within which they develop interculturality through reflexive engagement with the PhD community and in some cases with the participants in their research. Significant here Read More …

Refugees, Asylum-seekers – Politics and Researching Multilingually

I have the great fortune to be a Co-Investigator on the AHRC-funded (three-year large grant under the Translating Cultures theme) project entitled Researching Multilingually at the Borders of Language, the Body, Law and the State (project website) led by the inspiring Professor Alison Phipps. This project builds on our earlier, smaller (one-year) also AHRC-funded, (under Read More …

An online course in ‘How to survive your PhD’ by The Thesis Whisperer

This course is aimed at both PhD students and supervisors, as well as family and friends who might be interested in how to support us through the PhD journey. The author writes: ‘How to Survive your PhD’ runs for 10 weeks, but it’s designed to be lightweight and easy to manage and should take you Read More …

Posters presented at the IATEFL Research SIG Pre-conference event

Both Volha and I presented posters at this year’s Research SIG event. The theme was about  developing as a researcher. The day was divided into three strands, with each strand given an ‘impulse’ by David Nunan, Sue Garton and Cynthia White. Volha’s poster formed part of Strand 1: A researchers’ journey: Challenges, issues and strategies. Mine Read More …

Reflections on a week of conference experiences

Last week was a bit of a whirlwind: IATEFL, followed by the Roundtable on Complex Systems Theory and ELT, both here in Manchester, and then the CultNet seminar in Durham at the end of the week. Apart from the many great conversations and meals (I think I have been to more restaurants in Manchester in the Read More …

Reflections on a writing workshop

Last week I attended a two day writing workshop in Durham run by the NEDTC. It was a bit of a mixed experience, but I would like to share some reflections on the workshop that might possibly be useful for others too. There were 45 of us from a real cross section of disciplines, with very different Read More …

Narrative Inquiry (NI) and Appropriate Methodology (AppM) by Richard Fay

Richard writes: As many of you know, as prompted by a seminar by Adrian Holliday (based on his 1992 article) and sessions by former colleague Mike Beaumont, the major revelation from my own MA studies (back in the day) concerned appropriate methodology for TESOL, a very current issue then (before Holliday’s seminal publication on this Read More …