Dr. Martha Jones is a Senior Fellow of the HEA. She is the MA Teaching English for Academic Purposes (web-based) Course Leader, and teaches on the face-to-face and web-based MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages programme. Until recently, she also taught on the Postgraduate Certificate Education International programme.
Martha started working at the University of Nottingham in 1990. She joined the Centre for English Language Education (CELE) as an EAP tutor and later became Course Director on Presessional programmes. She also ran a 6-month professional development programme for teachers of English from Japan. From 2006 to 2012, Martha was Course Leader on the Postgraduate Certificate in TEAP. In 2010, when CELE became part of the School of Education, Martha started teaching on the MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. In 2012, when the MA TEAP was launched, Martha taught core and elective modules on this programme, and in 2015, she became Course Leader.
Martha researches spoken and written academic discourse using corpus-based analysis and genre analysis approaches. Her research also focuses on the development and use of eLearning material for teaching and teacher training purposes. She is a member of the British Association of Lecturers in EAP (BALEAP).
- 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
Martha is currently working on a co-authored manuscript on genres and education in engineering.
She is also researching growth in professional identity of EAP practitioners during their MA TEAP programme, and after successful completion of their course, based on data from the open educational resource.
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.
Martha's publications have focused on the development and exploitation of corpora for teaching and research purposes, the acquisition of academic and disciplinary vocabulary, the use of ePortfolios in teacher education and the development of e-resources, including an open educational resource.
Martha has attracted funding to work on research projects focusing on:
- 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
- the development of the International Language Teaching Alumni Resource (an open educational resource) which has narratives from MA TEAP alumni on their teaching contexts, career paths, continuing professional development and critical incidents
Martha is keen to continue researching academic and disciplinary discourse as well as the exploitation of e-resources.