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Luke Collins

Teaching Associate in English Language, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

I am a teaching associate and researcher with the Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics (CRAL). I carry out research that examines discourse in the context of healthcare interventions and medical training; involves the profiling of professional discourse in the workplace and online; includes corpus-driven analyses of the climate change debate online. I teach across a number of modules in the school of English, covering discourse analysis and sociolinguistics. This includes intercultural communication; business and organisational communication; and applied linguistics in different (social) contexts.

Expertise Summary

My principal research interests lie in the field of corpus linguistics and discourse analysis. I am interested in applying concepts and methods of applied linguistics in new and emerging contexts, such as in the study of online discourse.

I have published on the application of corpus-driven discourse analysis in the context of healthcare interventions and in the study of user comments online in the Routledge book, Language, Corpus and Empowerment: Applications to deaf education, healthcare and online discourses.

I have also conducted research on the potential of online spaces for deliberative democracy, specifically as part of the climate change debate.

Teaching Summary

My teaching draws on methods of applied linguistics, specifically discourse analysis and corpus linguistics and explores the multiplicity of discourse in society. I teach across a number of… read more

Research Summary

I am currently involved in work conducted at the Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics (CRAL) on the projects 'Linguistic Profiling for Professionals' and 'Simulating Medical Talk'; as well as a… read more

Recent Publications

My teaching draws on methods of applied linguistics, specifically discourse analysis and corpus linguistics and explores the multiplicity of discourse in society. I teach across a number of undergraduate and postgraduate modules, demonstrating how applications of linguistic theory help to raise awareness of the ways in which individual and social identities are constructed. Undergraduate modules taught Academic Community Language and Context Language in Society Sociolinguistics Essentials of English Postgraduate modules taught Business and Organisational Communication

Current Research

I am currently involved in work conducted at the Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics (CRAL) on the projects 'Linguistic Profiling for Professionals' and 'Simulating Medical Talk'; as well as a collaboration with HORIZON looking to develop a mobile app for communicating legal rights.

In the study of professional discourse I use corpus-assisted methods of discourse analysis to profile the ways in which business leaders use language in meetings, presentations and social media to construct a business identity and to cultivate working relationships. Based on observations of their language practices, we gain a better understanding of naturally-occurring professional discourse, as well as recommending ways in which professionals can communicate more effectively.

In studying the discourse of medical training simulations we can examine the ways in which candidates develop their communicative skills in preparation for entering the workforce. Using methods of conversation analysis, we can assess the efficacy of training simulations in developing communicative behaviours, as well as identifying any differences between the training scenarios and 'real' healthcare encounters.

I am also examining the ways in which scientific discourse is understood by members of the public by looking specifically at the ways in which the media report scientific (un)certainties in relation to the climate change debate. Using corpus linguistics, I am studying the use of risk discourse and the use of analogy as ways of improving public understanding of science.

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