Following a British Council UK/Vietnam Season 23 Collaboration Grant Call, Laura Grassick and team (Judith Hanks, along with colleagues from Vietnam National University in Hanoi and University New South Wales in Sydney) have been successful in their application and secured a grant of £20,000 for their one-year project "A Community of Exploratory Practice: Teachers' Developing Culturally Responsive English Language Pedagogy in Ethnic Minority Group areas in Vietnam".
The project aims to support English language teachers in one mountainous area in Vietnam explore their own classrooms, learners and teaching practice to get a better understanding of how to engage and motivate learners from ethnic minority groups in English language learning. Through a community of exploratory practice and in-school mentoring, teachers will have the opportunity to plan and try out classroom approaches and activities which reflect and value learners' own language and cultural heritage.
Planned outputs include teacher-designed culturally appropriate teaching resources, a set of trainer materials, multimodal case studies of teachers’ stories of exploratory practice, and an online community of practitioner researchers. The project will stimulate new insights and narratives around culture and language through connections with international language teachers in already established networks e.g. International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA) ‘Fully Inclusive Practitioner Research Network’.
Dr Yen Dang has successfully secured a Language Learning Early Career Research Grant ($10,000) for her two-year project “A longitudinal study of second language vocabulary growth”. The project aims to examine the growth of different kinds of vocabulary that are important for second language (L2) learners, especially those studying in EMI (English-medium instruction) university programs....
Please click here to read all about Dr Harry Kuchah's successful trip to expand our research networks in South Africa and Uganda.
Congratulations to Prof. Alice Deignan and Team - ESRC Funded Project - The Linguistic Challenges of the Transition from Primary to Secondary School
Alice Deignan's ESRC funded project 'The Linguistic Challenges of the Transition from Primary to Secondary School' (grant ref ES/R006687/1) comes to an end this year. Colleagues Gary Chambers, Michael Inglis and Florence Oxley, and former colleagues Duygu Candarli and Robbie Love have worked with Alice on this project, as well as project partners that include...