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Martina McCarthy

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.

Expertise Summary

From my academic, research and professional experience, I have developed expertise in:

  • Pragmatics
  • The CEFR
  • Curriculum design
  • Online learning

Teaching Summary

I am currently developing content for the Distance Learning MA pathways in Applied English.

Research Summary

I am currently investigating the acquisition of sociopragmatic competence in L2 Russian study abroad learners.

Past Research

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'.

Future Research

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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