Report on presentation at 2nd LITU-CULI international conference in Bangkok, Thailand

On 6-7 October 2016, Monthon Kanokpermpoon, or Moddy, a third year IPhD student in Educational and Applied Linguistics at ECLS, participated in and presented his paper at the 2nd LITU-CULI International Conference: ELT Unlimited at the Ambassador Hotel, Bangkok. The event featured research presentations in Applied Linguistics and TESOL in ASEAN and Thailand in particular, such as corpus-based analysis, communicative language teaching, language learning, computer-mediated language teaching, and so on. Plenary speakers were Professor Douglas Biber (Northern Arizona University), Dr Willy A Renandya (Nanyang Technical University, Singapore), Professor Winnie Chang (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University) and Dr Suwichit Chaidaroon (University of Westminster). There were about 200 international participants from different countries, such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Iran, Australia, and more, and leading professionals in Applied Linguistics and TESOL participating in this conference.


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ALC PhD students present their research at ‘Sociolinguistics Symposium 21’ in Murcia, Spain.


Last June, I visited University of Murcia in Murcia, Spain to present my analysis in the conference, “Sociolinguistics Symposium 21”. Sociolinguistics Symposium is one of the biggest international conferences on language in society, and over a thousand delegates from various disciplines in sociolinguistics presented their interesting studies this year. I gave a presentation entitled “Marriage immigrants in South Korea: A CA perspective on situated identities and multimodality in interview accounts” on 15th, June. Also my colleague, Kirsty Blewitt (3rd year PhD candidate in Applied Linguistics) presented her paper entitled, “Exploring interactions between the state and the individual in legal settings” on the same day. We both enjoyed thought-provoking discussion in the conference, as well as the great weather and atmosphere in the city!


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This post written by Yoonjoo Cho who is a 3rd year PhD candidate in Applied Linguistics in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at Newcastle University.



Sociolinguistics Summer School 7 (SSS7)

Sociolinguistics Summer School 7 (SSS7) at Universite Lumiere Lyon 2 in France that I attended in June 2016, turned out to be a very welcoming place for postgraduate students to showcase and share their research. There I presented my study into implicit language ideologies in Belarus and felt privileged to be considered for a paper presentation among such high-class research projects.

Overall, the programme of SSS7 was very diverse and focused on language in society, whilst the papers presented by students covered a wide range of linguistic contexts and multiple methodological approaches. Having an opportunity to learn about new research in sociolinguistics gave me a better understanding of how broad the field is and how issues of language in society can be studied with different methods and understood from different perspectives.


Over the four days of SSS7 plenary sessions and workshops focused on language planning and policy, new speakers approach in sociolinguistics and researching endangered languages. In addition, data sessions were organised where I could share concerns with my data collection and analysis and get valuable feedback from both peers and plenary speakers.

Dr. Jim Walker talked about language policy as a field of enquiry and discussed work of the organisation dedicated to corpus planning of French language DGLFLF (Délégation générale à la langue française et aux langues de France). This session not only gave an insightful overview of how language policies operate but was also a chance to reflect upon my own stance as a researcher of language and analyse my own bias in terms of intervention on language.

Dr. Bernadette O’Rourke talked about the concept of “new speaker” and its usefulness in modern sociolinguistic context. Indeed, research needs to address the ever-changing circumstances of multilingual speakers, such as globalisation, migration and transnational networking. Looking at speakers of minoritised languages from a new perspective can shed light on languages’ chances to survive and may have implications for language policies. This talk was extremely relevant to my own research which partly deals with indigenous languages: although indigenous languages are often claimed to be doomed, new speakers emerge in these ever changing societal conditions, a phenomenon well worth studying.


Dr. Benedicte Pivot focused on issues arising in ethnographical studies of endangered languages and revitalisation efforts in sociolinguistics. This session focused on operationalising concepts of language, speakers and community in qualitative research as well as practicalities of carrying interviews, surveys and documenting languages. The workshop on endangered languages contributed to critical understanding of the effects that researcher’s intervention can have on the community and their language.

In summary, this summer school was a great learning space for me that was friendly, including and fun to participate in thanks to the organising committee constituted by PhD students at Universite Lumiere Lyon 2. I would like to thank them and my supervisors who suggested attending this summer school. I believe this summer school will be of interest to many students at ECLS who pursue studies in multiple branches of sociolinguistics.

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Written by Hanna Sliashynskaya, 1st years PhD candidate in Applied Linguistics in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at Newcastle University.

Blog post by recent MA Cross-Cultural Communication graduate!

247f42fJulia Fischill, a former MA CCC student, has recently written a blog post for WU (Vienna University) Blogs. The blog post, about European Identity and the Erasmus Experience, will be a fascinating read for many, especially current and former EU students. The blog post can be found here.

Julia is now a member of the general student consultation team and webmaster at the International Office of WU Vienna. She completed her Master’s thesis, on the Erasmus experience, as part of the MA Cross-Cultural Communication and International Relations at Newcastle University.

Another MA graduate from the ALC section who has gone on to immediate success – well done Julia!

PhD viva success for Aki Siegel

We are delighted to announce that Aki Siegel (Rikkyo University) successfully passed her PhD viva last week with (very) minor corrections!Aki post-viva

Having completed her MA at University of Hawai’i at Manoa, Aki enrolled as a long-distance part-time student in ECLS, working with Paul Seedhouse as her supervisor (and later adding Adam Brandt as second supervisor).

Her PhD thesis, ‘Longitudinal Development of Word Search Sequences in English as a Lingua Franca Interactions‘, examines interaction between international students in a university dorm in Japan, and brings together the research areas of ELF, conversation analysis and complex adaptive systems to examine language development over time. Her research was praised by her examiners, Salla Kurhila (University of Helsinki) and Alan Firth.

Congratulations Dr Aki!