Teaching Associate in Applied English, Faculty of Arts
I am an applied linguist. I hold a BA in Business Studies and Russian language from Trinity College Dublin, and an MA and PhD in Applied Linguistics from University College Cork. My research interests include contrastive and interlanguage pragmatics, English as a second language, and sociolinguistics. I am also interested in discourse analysis and identity enactment. Professionally, I have a wealth of experience in language teaching, task-based learning, online learning and curriculum development.
From my academic, research and professional experience, I have developed expertise in:
I am currently developing content for the Distance Learning MA pathways in Applied English.
I am currently investigating the acquisition of sociopragmatic competence in L2 Russian study abroad learners.
I have explored politeness in Irish English and Russian. I have also investigated how pragmatic competence develops in English language study abroad learners, and the validity of the CEFR descriptors for 'sociolinguistic appropriateness'.
I intend to investigate how pragmatic competence develops among a range of second language learners, in different contexts, and via various speech acts including apologies, compliments, refusals and requests.
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