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Rebecca Hughes

Honorary Professor, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

Rebecca Hughes has a longstanding interest in international education and English language developed over a twenty-five year career in Applied Linguistics and policy for internationalization of Higher Education. As an Applied Linguistics researcher she established a particular profile as an academic working on spoken language through her articles and books on spoken versus written language.

Rebecca worked for the University of Nottingham for 18 years and during that time was Lecturer/Senior Lecturer then Professor (2007) in Applied Linguistics and was the Director of the Centre for English Language Education (CELE) from 2000 to 2010.

During her time with Nottingham University she was closely involved in the setting up of the English Language and EAP provision at the two international campuses, including infrastructure, quality assurance, staffing, the design of Foundation/Pre-degree programmes, In-sessional support, and the BA in English Language and Applied Linguistics. She was Chair of the Collaborative Courses committee and Vice-Dean (Arts) for a number of years.

Rebecca was appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) at the University of Sheffield in 2010 where she led the creation of a successful new internationalization strategy for the University as their first PVC International. The legacy of this can be seen in the award winning 'We are International' campaign, and strengthened links at all levels with leading institutions worldwide, including the University of Tokyo bilateral summer school programmes.

In 2013 Rebecca joined the British Council as their Director of International Higher Education and in June 2014 was appointed Director of Education -- a role that covered the work of the British Council in Schools, Skills, Science for Society and Higher Education.

In 2014 Rebecca was delighted to be invited to rejoin the academic community of the University of Nottingham as Honorary Professor of Applied Linguistics and International Education (SMLC, Malysia Campus) a role which was renewed in 2017. In that year, Rebecca was also appointed Chief Officer, Learning and Teaching for the International Baccalaureate Organisation with a remit to further develop their programmes at all levels, based on leading research and insight from schools, their communities, universities and employers.

Recent Publications

  • REBECCA HUGHES, 2017. Public engagement with internationalisation. In: JUDITH JAMES, RAUL VALDEZ-CORTERA and JEAN PREECE, eds., Entrepreneurial Learning City Regions: Delivering on the UNESCO 2013, Beijing Declaration on Building Learning Cities Springer. 460
  • REBECCA HUGHES, 2017. Navigation in a complex world: English as compass or map?. In: JENNY KEMP, ed., EAP in a Rapidly Changing Landscape: Issues, Challenges and Solutions - Proceedings of the 2015 Baleap Conference
  • HUGHES, R and SZCZEPEK RB, 2017. Teaching and researching speaking 3rd ed.. New York ; Routledge.
  • REBECCA HUGHES, 2015. Researching Speaking. In: BRIAN PALTRIDGE and AEK PHAKITI, eds., Research Methods in Applied Linguistics: Second Edition. Bloomsbury Academic. 608
  • REBECCA HUGHES, 2017. Public engagement with internationalisation. In: JUDITH JAMES, RAUL VALDEZ-CORTERA and JEAN PREECE, eds., Entrepreneurial Learning City Regions: Delivering on the UNESCO 2013, Beijing Declaration on Building Learning Cities Springer. 460
  • REBECCA HUGHES, 2017. Navigation in a complex world: English as compass or map?. In: JENNY KEMP, ed., EAP in a Rapidly Changing Landscape: Issues, Challenges and Solutions - Proceedings of the 2015 Baleap Conference
  • HUGHES, R and SZCZEPEK RB, 2017. Teaching and researching speaking 3rd ed.. New York ; Routledge.
  • REBECCA HUGHES, 2015. Researching Speaking. In: BRIAN PALTRIDGE and AEK PHAKITI, eds., Research Methods in Applied Linguistics: Second Edition. Bloomsbury Academic. 608
  • REBECCA HUGHES, 2011. Teaching and researching speaking 2nd ed.. Harlow : Longman.
  • REBECCA HUGHES, 2011. Strategies for managing and leading an academic staff in multiple countries. In: Multinational Colleges and Universities: Leading, Governing, and Managing International Branch Campuses Jossey-Bass.
  • HUGHES, REBECCA and REED, BEATRICE SZCZEPEK, 2011. Learning About Speech by Experiment: Issues in the Investigation of Spontaneous Talk within the Experimental Research Paradigm APPLIED LINGUISTICS. 32(2), 197-214
  • REBECCA HUGHES, 2010. Researching Speaking. In: PALTRIDGE, B and PHAKITI, A, eds., Continuum companion to research methods in applied linguistics London : Continuum. Pp 145—159
  • REBECCA HUGHES, 2010. What can a corpus tell us about grammar teaching materials?. In: O'KEEFFE, A and MCCARTHY, M, eds., The Routledge handbook of corpus linguistics 1st ed. London ; Routledge. Pp401—412
  • REBECCA HUGHES, 2010. Materials to develop the skill of speaking. In: NIGEL HARWOOD, ed., English Language Teaching Materials: Theory and Practice Pp207—24
  • REBECCA HUGHES, 2008. Internationalisation of Higher Education and Language Policy: Questions of Quality and Equity Higher Education Management and Policy. 20(1), 111—128
  • HUGHES, R, ed., 2006. Spoken English, TESOL and applied linguistics: challenges for theory and practice Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan.
  • BEATRICE SZCZPEK-REED and REBECCA HUGHES, 2006. Factors affecting turn-taking behaviour. In: REBECCA HUGHES, ed., Spoken English, TESOL and Applied Linguistics: Challenges for Theory and Practice Palgrave Macmillan pp.126-140.
  • REBECCA HUGHES, 2006. Turn-taking Awareness: Benefits for teaching speaking skills. In: USÓ JE and MARTÍNEZ FA, eds., Current trends in the development and teaching of the four language skills Berlin ; M. de Gruyter. Pp215-34
  • REBECCA HUGHES, 2005. Exploring Grammar in Writing Cambridge University Press.
  • REBECCA HUGHES, 2005. Investigating turn-taking in the NIE corpus of spoken Singaporean English. In: DAVID DETERDIN, ADAM BROWN and LOW EE LING, eds., English in Singapore: Phonetic Research on a Corpus McGraw-Hill Education (Asia). Pp115-126
  • REBECCA HUGHES, 2004. Testing the visible: literate biases in oral language testing Journal of Applied Linguistics. 1(3), 295-309
  • HUGHES, R, 2002. Teaching and researching speaking Harlow : Longman.
  • CARTER, R, HUGHES, R and MCCARTHY, M, 2000. Exploring grammar in context: upper-intermediate and advanced Cambridge : Cambridge University Press.
  • HUGHES, R, 1996. English in speech and writing: investigating language and literature London : Routledge.

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