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Martha Jones

Lecturer, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Teaching Summary

- English for Academic Purposes

- Teacher Professional Development

- Use of ePortfolios in Higher Education

- Corpus and Genre Analysis

- use of technology for teaching and research purposes

I am Course Leader for the MA in Teaching English for Academic Purposes by distance learning and teach on:

- the MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

- the PGCE International

Research Summary

Research Interests:

- corpus-based analysis of spoken and written discourse

- genre analysis

- disciplinary vocabulary

- the development and use of e-learning material for teaching and teacher training purposes

- EAP pedagogy

Have worked on a research project which involved corpus-based and genre analysis of a corpus of expert writing and a corpus of postgraduate student writing in the area of Architecture and the Built Environment.

Currently working on a Teaching Transformation project which aims to create a web-based resource aimed at alumni from three of our MA Language Teaching Education programmes.

Recent Publications

  • JONES, M. and SCHMITT, N., 2010. Developing Materials for Discipline-Specific Vocabulary and Phrases in Academic Seminars. In: HARWOOD, N., ed., Materials in ELT: Theory and Practice Cambridge University Press. 225-248.
  • JONES, M. and DURRANT, P., 2010. What can a corpus tell us about vocabulary teaching materials?. In: O'KEEFFE, A. and MCCARTHY, M., eds., The Routledge Handbook of Corpus Linguistics Routledge. 387-400.
  • BAKER, G., CRAWFORD, E. and JONES, M., 2009. E-portfolios for Lifelong Teacher Development. In: SMITH, A. and STRONG, G., eds., Adult Language Learners: Context and Innovation TESOL. 39-46.
  • JONES, M., 2008. Implementing e-portfolio-based practice: Practitioner Case Study, in Effective Practice with e-Portfolios: Supporting 21st century learning JISC.

Her research supervision areas include:

  • corpus-based studies
  • spoken English
  • e-portfolios
  • teacher development
  • EAP methodology

Research proposals: please email Martha if you would like to discuss the appropriateness of your research topic. See also: School of Education research supervision areas.

Past Research

Have published chapters in edited publications on the subjects of disciplinary vocabulary in seminar and research articles, corpus linguistics, ELT materials development and the use of ePortfolios in teacher education.

Have attracted funding to work on research projects focusing on the production of ePortfolio material used for teacher education, a CD-ROM to raise awareness of the language of academic seminars and a small corpus of spoken English for EAP use.

- the design, compilation and use of a needs-based corpus of spoken corpus for EAP use

- the design of a CD-ROM focusing on the language of academic seminars

- disciplinary vocabulary in academic seminars

- disciplinary vocabulary in journal articles (science and engineering)

- the development of learning material for an ePortfolio for use on a distance postgraduate teacher development programme

- the development of two corpora: expert and novice writing (Architecture and the Built Environment) for the development of teaching materials and research

  • JONES, M. and SCHMITT, N., 2010. Developing Materials for Discipline-Specific Vocabulary and Phrases in Academic Seminars. In: HARWOOD, N., ed., Materials in ELT: Theory and Practice Cambridge University Press. 225-248.
  • JONES, M. and DURRANT, P., 2010. What can a corpus tell us about vocabulary teaching materials?. In: O'KEEFFE, A. and MCCARTHY, M., eds., The Routledge Handbook of Corpus Linguistics Routledge. 387-400.
  • BAKER, G., CRAWFORD, E. and JONES, M., 2009. E-portfolios for Lifelong Teacher Development. In: SMITH, A. and STRONG, G., eds., Adult Language Learners: Context and Innovation TESOL. 39-46.
  • JONES, M., 2008. Implementing e-portfolio-based practice: Practitioner Case Study, in Effective Practice with e-Portfolios: Supporting 21st century learning JISC.
  • JONES, M. and HAYWOOD, S., 2004. Facilitating the Acquisition of Formulaic Sequences: an exploratory study. In: SCHMITT, N., ed., Formulaic Sequences John Benjamins.
  • JONES, M.A. and BIRD, R., 2004. Campus language: helping students to understand academic spoken language in the EAP classroom. In: SHELDON, L., ed., Directions for the Future: issues in English for Academic Purposes Peter Lang.
  • JONES, M., 2003. Sound Understanding: Listening / Language Awareness Tasks on CD-ROM focusing on the language of academic seminars
  • JONES, M.A., 2000. Spoken Discourse and Grammar: the use of real data in the EAP classroom. In: CUTTING, J., ed., The Grammar of Spoken English and EAP Teaching Sunderland University Press.
  • JONES, M.A., 1997. The design, compilation and practical applications of a genre-based corpus of spoken discourse for EAP use In: Practical Applications in Language Corpora (PALC), University of Lodz, Poland, April 1997..
  • JONES, M.A., KITETU, C. and SUNDERLAND, J., 1997. Discourse Roles, Gender and Language Textbook Dialogues: who learns what from John and Sally? Gender and Education. 9(4),

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