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Graham Hall

Associate Professor

Department: Humanities

My undergraduate degree was in Geography, after which I taught English (TESOL) in Hungary, Poland, Saudi Arabia and the UK (I also had a brief spell as a secondary school Geography teacher). During this time, I taught English language in a variety of contexts - in state sector schools, language schools, universities and for the British Council. After completing my Master's degree, I joined Northumbria University in 1998. I now teach on the MA Applied Linguistics for TESOL, the MA TESOL, and also the BA English Language Studies and BA English Language and Literature.

I was Editor of ELT Journal from 2013-17, having previously edited the journal's Key Concepts feature and been a member of its Editorial Panel. I have also reviewed papers for a range of other journals in the field, including the Modern Language JournalClassroom DiscourseLanguage, Culture and Curriculum; and the Journal of Language and Intercultural Communication.

As an active member of the International Association of Teachers of English as Foreign Language (IATEFL), I have in the past served on its Coordinating Committee as Treasurer, coordinated its Global Issues Special Interest Group (GISIG), and been a member of the Research SIG Committee and the annual conference Proposals Committee. I am also a member of the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL), the National Association for Teaching English and other Community Languages to Adults (NATECLA), and the National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum (NALDIC), as well as being a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Campus Address

Office: Lipman 420



Qualifications

  • Applied Linguistics PhD Theory, ‘plausibility’ and practice in English Language Teaching: from disciplinary knowledge to practitioner understanding December 18 2017
  • Applied Linguistics MA June 30 1998
  • Education PGCE June 30 1994
  • Education CELTA January 31 1992
  • Geography BA (Hons) July 18 1991

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Exploring English Language Teaching, Hall, G. 4 Oct 2017
  • The Routledge Handbook of English Language Teaching, Hall, G. 24 May 2016
  • The experiences of secondary school students with English as an additional language, Hall, G. 18 Jan 2019
  • Own-language Use in ELT, Hall, G. 2018, The TESOL Encyclopedia of English Language Teaching, Wiley-Blackwell
  • Method, methods and methodology: historical trends and current debates, Hall, G. 24 May 2016, The Routledge Handbook of English Language Teaching, London, Taylor & Francis
  • The English language needs and priorities of young adults in the European Union: student and teacher perceptions, Hall, G., Cook, G. May 2015
  • Own-language use in ELT: exploring global practices and attitudes, Hall, G., Cook, G. 2013
  • 'Key Concepts in ELT': taking stock, Hall, G. Oct 2012, In: English Language Teaching Journal
  • Own-language use in language teaching and learning: state of the art, Hall, G., Cook, G. Jul 2012, In: Language Teaching
  • Mind the gap? A case-study of the differing perceptions of international students and their lecturers on postgraduate business programmes, Hall, G., Wai-Ching Sung, T. 2009, In: International Journal of Management Education
  • An ethnographic diary study, Hall, G. Apr 2008, In: English Language Teaching Journal

Further Information

Professional Activity

Affiliations and Memberships

British Association for Applied Linguistics: Member

International Association of Teachers of English as Foreign Language (IATEFL): Member (former Treasurer and member of the Coordinating Committee, co-ordinator of Global Issues Special Interest Group (GISIG) and member of IATEFL’s Conference Committee; current member of IATEFL’s Advisory Council)

Higher Education Academy: Fellow

National Association for Teaching English and other Community Languages to Adults (NATECLA): Member

National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum (NALDIC): Member 

  

Current and Recent Projects

British Council ELT Research Partnership Award ongoing 2016 (Sept. 2016 - Dec. 2017): ‘English language education and migration: implications for secondary level students who have English as an Additional Language   (as Principal Investigator)

British Council ELT Research Partnership Award 2013 (Oct. 2013- Dec. 2014): ‘The English language needs and priorities of young adults in the EU: student and teacher perceptions’ (as Principal Investigator; co-investigator Professor Guy Cook, Kings College London; research assistant, Dr. Alison Twinner)

British Council ELT Research Partnership Award 2011 (Oct. 2011- Dec. 2012): ‘The use of learners’ own languages in ELT: exploring global practices and attitudes’ (as Principal Investigator; co-investigator Professor Guy Cook, Kings College London; research assistant, Dr. Alison Twinner)

 

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

My teaching at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level mostly focuses on either TESOL or Sociolinguistics. Currently, these interests come together in my third year undergraduate module 'World Englishes'. At Postgraduate level, I offer modules exploring 'Issues and Trends in Classroom Language Teaching', and have also taught the MA module 'Critical Perspectives on Global TESOL'.

During my time at Northumbria, I have also received four‘ Applauding and Promoting Teaching’ awards (2001, 2003, 2008, 2018) for my work on assessment in Postgraduate modules and also the experience of international students within the university.

Broadly, I am interested in the uncertainties of language teaching and complexity in the L2 classroom. For example, (how) do teachers help or hinder learners, how might we create learning opportunities in the L2 classroom, and what might learners learn as a result? Thus, I am particularly interested in classroom-centred research and classroom discourse, and in finding sustainable ways for teachers (and learners) to develop understandings of what takes place in their own classrooms.

Additionally, I am interested in Critical Pedagogy and its implications for English language teaching. How appropriate are the issues critical approaches raise in individuals’ professional contexts, and how might the debates and discourses surrounding linguistic imperialism; language and power; ELT methodology, curricula and materials etc be taken forward at the local level? Consequently, I am also interested in the changing role and of English in the world and the debates surrounding the ‘ownership’ of English and World Englishes.

More specifically, ongoing research projects focus on the use of learners’ own language(s) in the ELT (or foreign language) classroom, whether by teachers or by the learners themselves. When is the learners’ own language used, how, by whom, and why? How might it be used in an appropriate and purposeful manner to support learning (and, also, not be ‘over-used’)? And why was own-language use ignored by the ‘mainstream’ ELT and applied linguistics literature for so long?

My research also focuses on the experiences of children in British schools who speak English as an Additional Language (EAL). Looking at the relationship between education through the English language and migration, it aims to understand how school students from a range of backgrounds, and with a range of abilities and experiences, navigate their learning and life in school, and the ways in which schools might support them in this.

In 2011 and 2013, I received British Council ELT Research Partnership (ELTRP) awards to investigate ‘The use of the learners’ own-language in ELT classrooms’, and ‘The English language needs and priorities of young adults in the European Union’. I received a similar award in 2016 to explore ‘‘English language education and migration: implications for secondary level students who have English as an Additional Language’. My book, Exploring English Languageteaching: language in action (Routledge, 2011; second edition 2017) was awarded the 2012 British Association of Applied Linguists Book Prize, and I edited the 2016 Routledge Handbook of English Language Teaching.

 

PGR Supervision

  • Amina Al-Dhaif Start: 01/03/2016
  • Louise Pybus Start: 01/10/2018
  • Caroline McCullock Start: 01/03/2017


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