Preparing for viva – Khwanita style

I passed my viva voce (a PhD oral exam, aka thesis/dissertation defense) with minor corrections in July and celebrated my graduation three days afterward (by wearing a proper robe and funny hat and taking pictures with my colleagues and friends). Now that the result of my degree has been published, I think it’s time to share with you some aspects […]

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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 about the possibilities of fine-tuning […]

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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 – http://researching-multilingually-at-borders.com One idea that arose during Nazmi’s visit was that of our doctoral community developing a […]

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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 Fitris Presentation

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(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 report the study and its […]

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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 of Betty’s tearooms  (Harrogate tea, […]

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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 like that, I’m just doing […]

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