On a book chapter, accepted conference paper and working with supervisor

I am currently co-writing a book chapter with Richard, my main supervisor. The book we are contributing to “ELF for EFL Contexts” (working title) explores the possibilities of teaching English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) in the contexts of English as a foreign language (EFL). The purpose of our chapter is to inform EFL teachers Read More …

Gaza online seminar series?

As reported in recent blog postings, PhD Education alumnus (from 1993), Professor Nazmi Al-Masri, from the Islamic University of Gaza, recently visited us as part of his UK trip to connect with colleagues (me included) from the AHRC-funded Researching Multilingually at Borders project – One idea that arose during Nazmi’s visit was that of our Read More …

Congratulations ….

…. to Min and Fida for successfully negotiating the “Progression to Main Study rite of passage … now the joy of ethics forms  awaits 🙂 … and to Khwan for getting to the Finals of the 3-Minute Thesis and acquitting herself so well in them.  

Bring it back home conference 2014

Thanks to all who presented yesterday and everybody who came. It all added up to a great day! We suggested yesterday that all presentations were uploaded. Either send them to me and I can upload them or you can upload them here yourself. Richard’s Presentation Khwan’s Presentation Magda’s Presentation Mariam’s Presentation Achilleas’ Presentation Susan’s Presentation Read More …

My first CultNet experience

This blog post has two parts: the first is about my CultNet experience and the second is about how I plan my presentations. My first CultNet seminar (hosted by Durham University) was a very enriching experience. I joined the CultNet mailing list last year but I didn’t join the 2013 Seminar because I didn’t know Read More …

(Unsuccessful) Conference Abstract Proposal

“Potential Role and Contribution of Counselling Psychology to the Care of Street-Connected Children and Young People” Parneet Chahal & Richard Fay (University of Manchester) Abstract: This paper is based on a recently-completed, multilingually undertaken, counselling psychology study exploring the narrativised meanings made by young people in India regarding their street-connected experiences. In this paper, we briefly Read More …

Ethical musings

I have just got back from a few days at this year’s IATEFL conference in Harrogate. Perhaps I’ll blog about the conference itself sometime, but what I’d like to try and write down now is the essence of what for me was a very interesting series of conversations. They started in the very elegant surroundings Read More …

LTE in-house conference possibility

Following on (three years later!) from the LTE researcher conference “From here to there and back again” which took place in 2011, we are exploring the possibility of running something similar this year. The idea is that all researchers (students and supervisors) involved in our community who have given a seminar or conference paper they Read More …

Who am I?

This is a question I have been asking myself over the last couple of days as I started my pilot study. I am doing classroom-based research which means that I am researching my own learners. I’m using normal pedagogic activities to collect my data, so I’m not interviewing students or running focus groups or anything Read More …

BERA: British Educational Research Association

I wanted to highlight this website, especially for all those of us at the beginning of this PhD process. It has some very helpful, accessible articles. I particularly liked this one on Meanings of Theory. It seemed to link very well with what we were talking about in Data Analysis last week, especially in relation to Read More …

Notes to self: Reflections on writing an MSc module assignment

Rather than what I have learnt through the feedback, I would like to reflect on two mental notes I made to myself while actually writing the assignment – and I only did one, so it shouldn’t have been that strenuous a task really. There were moments though when it felt as if I was climbing Read More …

GTRA / Presidential Doctoral Award (PDS)

I am delighted to report recent success by Susan Dawson and Volha ‘Olga’ Arkhipenka in securing these studentship awards. Their profiles will be appearing soon I hope. Please welcome them. they will be joining us in September. R