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 …

Creative Writing for Academics Workshop with Kip Jones

Last year, Volha and I went on a course at Bournemouth University called ‘Creative writing for academics’. I wrote about our time there on this Blog, which also included the poem that Volha wrote as part of the course. The workshop also inspired ‘Chronicle of a teacher researcher’ which I read at our LANTERN summer Read More …

Reflections on BAAL/Routledge Workshop

Please note that the first two paragraphs of this post were written by me, and the last two paragraphs were written by Nahielly. I and Nahielly had the opportunity to give a presentation at BAAL/Routledge Workshop ‘Expectations of and on international students in UK HE’ on 16th September at Manchester Metropolitan University. This workshop brought Read More …

Two free seminars at Institute of Education, UCL, London

How do we write in English as a Lingua Franca? Anna Mauranen Vice-Rector and Professor of English, University of Helsinki, Editor of Applied Linguistics 17:30 Monday 22nd February, 2016 Room 642, 20 Bedford Way, UCL Institute of Education, London, WC1H 0AL   As ELF research has shown, communicating in English as a Lingua Franca is highly successful Read More …

Artful Prose: A writing and visual thinking course for postgraduate researchers (MRes, MPhil, PhD), nurturing academic writing and making

Min has sent me information for a very interesting (free!) course that is being led by Dr Amanda Ravetz and Dr Myna Trustram, Manchester School of Art, MMU. It is a series of four day workshops looking at the writing experience using art, drama and even bookmaking! To me it sounds like a very novel approach Read More …

Taking 30 years to complete the PhD

An interesting story entitled ‘How I finished my PhD …just 30 years after I began“. I haven’t quite decided if this is an encouragement or not. What I think it does do though is show the emotional investment in the data collection stage and the impact that can have on the writing up. Although not 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 …