CLERA Researcher of the Month: Urszula Clark

CLERA has a broad range of researchers and research candidates working in many different areas of language education. Each month, we feature one of our researchers to learn more about them, their work and their interests.

Urszula ClarkOur Researcher of the Month for November is Dr Urszula Clark, Reader in English. Urszula is Director of The West Midlands English: Speech and Society project and co- director of Aston’s Research Centre for Interdisciplinary research in Language and Diversity (InterLAND), an initiative that brings together colleagues in applied linguistics, social sciences and business studies. Her main areas of research interests are: English pedagogy; variationist sociolinguistics and discourse analysis.

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CLERA Researcher of the Month: Claudia Gremler

CLERA has a broad range of researchers and research candidates working in many different areas of language education. Each month, we feature one of our researchers to learn more about them, their work and their interests.

Claudia GremlerOur Researcher of the Month for October is Dr Claudia Gremler, Senior Lecturer in German. Claudia holds a PhD in German and Scandinavian Studies from the University of Göttingen. Her main area of research is literary studies, specifically intertextuality in Thomas Mann’s works and the cultural relations between Germany and Scandinavia. More recently, Claudia has developed an additional research focus on cinema studies and intermediality which informs her current work on the use of video in language teaching and pedagogy.

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International Education Association of Australia Excellence Award for Prof Anne Burns

In collaboration with English Australia, the peak body and professional association for the Australian English language sector, and the UK-based Cambridge English Language Assessment (formerly Cambridge ESOL), CLERA Director Professor Anne Burns has won a prestigious International Education Association of Australia (IEAA) Award for Best Practice/Innovation in International Education. The Action Research in English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) Programme, which was developed by English Australia with Professor Burns offers ELICOS teachers around Australia the opportunity to learn the skills needed to investigate their own teaching practices systematically, thereby encouraging and supporting classroom-based research that will lead to higher levels of professional practice, a key strategic goal of English Australia.

With Aston colleague, Dr Nur Kurtoglu-Hooton, Professor Burns has been developing a similar programme for modern foreign language teachers in UK secondary schools through the former Networks for Languages Programme and a British Academy Small Grant.

Aston PhD student wins two research grants

Suzanne BonnAston PhD student Suzanne Bonn has been awarded two research grants by the Japanese Association of Language Teachers (JALT). The first, for 40,000 yen is a research grant from the JALT College and University Educators Special Interest Group, and the second, for 100,000 yen, is a national JALT grant. The latter will be awarded publicly at the JALT international conference in a few weeks time and Suzanne will then give a paper on her research at JALT 2015.

Suzanne’s research, supervised by Dr Sue Garton, looks at teachers’ use of personal narratives in the language classroom.

CLERA Researcher of the Month: Kristjan Seferaj

CLERA has a broad range of researchers and research candidates working in many different areas of language education. Each month, we feature one of our researchers to learn more about them, their work and their interests.

Kristjan SeferajOur Researcher of the Month for September is Kristjan Seferaj,  a DELTA-qualified teacher who holds a MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL (University of Leicester). As a PhD student, Kristjan began his academic studies at Aston University in 2010. His research interests lie in ELF Methodology, Language Attrition, Teacher Training, and Systemic Functional Genre Studies. One of his studies was published in The Asian EFL journal (link: www.asian-efl-journal.com/Thesis/Thesis-Seferaj.pdf) and he continues to work on the area of LI attrition as well as his PhD project that aims to investigate how and why six East-European EFL teachers use Western teaching resources in their classes.

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CLERA Researcher of the Month: Stéphanie Panichelli-Batalla

CLERA has a broad range of researchers and research candidates working in many different areas of language education. Each month, we feature one of our researchers to learn more about them, their work and their interests.

stephanie_panichelli-batallaOur Researcher of the Month for August is Dr Stéphanie Panichelli-Batalla, Lecturer in Spanish. She graduated from Leuven University, Belgium, and obtained her PhD in Granada, Spain. She is an experienced language teacher, having co-authored textbooks for learners of Spanish in the US, and her research interests include contemporary Latin American literature and Cuban history and literature.

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CLERA Researcher of the Month: Gertrud Reershemius

CLERA has a broad range of researchers and research candidates working in many different areas of language education. Each month, we feature one of our researchers to learn more about them, their work and their interests.

Gertrud ReershemiusOur Researcher of the Month for July is Gertrud Reershemius, Professor of German Linguistics, Associate Dean of Research for LSS, and Co-Director of CLERA. Her wide-ranging research interests include lesser used languages (Yiddish and Low German), sociolinguistics, multilingualism and language contact, and German as a Foreign Language.

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CLERA Researcher of the Month: Elena Xeni

CLERA has a broad range of researchers and research candidates working in many different areas of language education. Each month, we feature one of our researchers to learn more about them, their work and their interests.

Elena XeniOur Researcher of the Month for June is postgraduate researcher Elena Xeni. Elena has been teaching language education at the Department of Education, University of Cyprus since 2004 and language arts at the BPSE programme, University of Luxembourg as an
adjunct teacher since 2007. Her teaching and research interests focus on good practice in language and literature teaching and learning. Additionally, her research interests encompass children’s literature translation, translation process research, translation norms and strategies and translation competence.

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CLERA Researcher of the Month: Sue Garton

CLERA has a broad range of researchers and research candidates working in many different areas of language education. Each month, we feature one of our researchers to learn more about them, their work and their interests.

IMG_9893_2Our Researcher of the Month for May is Dr Sue Garton, Co-Director of CLERA. As Senior Lecturer in TESOL and Director of Postgraduate Programmes in English, Sue has taken a leading role in establishing the Centre and developing Aston’s highly successful English PG programmes, especially with regard to Distance Learners. In March 2013, she was appointed Chair of the Standing Committee for Research of the US-based International TESOL Association at their annual international convention in Dallas, US.

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CLERA Researcher of the Month: Brian Gaynor

CLERA has a broad range of researchers and research candidates working in many different areas of language education. Each month, we feature one of our researchers to learn more about them, their work and their interests.

Brian GaynorOur Researcher of the Month for April is postgraduate researcher Brian Gaynor, Associate Professor of English at Muroran Institute of Technology in northern Japan. He has worked in Japan for 14 years as a teacher of L2 English and has taught at all levels of formal education from primary to university level. His PhD research focuses on the policy planning and classroom implementation of the new course of study for English in Japanese elementary schools.

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