Sussex Centre for Language Studies

Research and enterprise

Information on postgraduate research for PhD applicants

Several of our staff co-supervise doctoral students. PhD students may be supervised by faculty in the School of English or School of Education and Social Work, depending on their area of ELT research, and are part of the wider Doctoral School at Sussex. Applications for both MA and PhD study (1+3 years) are welcome.

You can read more about some of our doctoral students.

Research interests

Many of our staff are research-active and we run regular research seminars and a bulletin of activities Language Pedagogy Principles Practice (see sidebar).  Please browse the individual staff profiles for further details.

Andrew Blair
Teacher education and development; second language acquisition; English as an international language and World Englishes; phonology and pronunciation; research methods in language education.

Jennifer Book
Teacher training; materials development; young learners; English for academic purposes; technology in language teaching and learning.

Yolanda Cerdá
Sociolinguistics: language and media, language and gender, discourse, EL teacher training, English for academic purposes, teaching and learning, cross-cultural / intercultural communication, languages and cultures, academic development.

Alison Chisholm
English for academic purposes; English language and study skills support for international students in Higher Education; teacher training.

Rachel Cole
Diagnostic assessment methods to identify student needs; internationalisation of Higher Education; study skills for international students; literature in language pedagogy.

Andrea Dalton
Contemporary German literature, especially the work of W. G. Sebald, intertextuality, photography and ideology. Literature that includes detailed narrative case histories, particularly the works of Oliver Sacks and A. R. Luria.

Brigitte Diplock
Language acquisition and origins; European cultures and politics, literature, film, theatre and history.

María-Eugenia Greco
Latin-American literature; bilingualism; foreign language teaching methodology.

James Greenough
Second language acquisition and theories of learning; teacher training and development; lexical approaches to language pedagogy; English for academic purposes; technology in language teaching and learning.

Belinda Hackney
Language teaching pedagogy: curriculum design; application of digital technologies in language teaching and learning; modern language teacher development; online materials development; assessment and testing; CEFR.
French specific: French national cinema; phonics and pronunciation.

Luis de Juan
Theory of literature; contemporary Spanish novel; film adaptation of literature.

Aaron Kahn
Golden Age Spanish literature, history and culture, particularly the expression of political thought in various genres of literature.

Ambra Moroncini
Italian Renaissance Literature and Art during the Reformation: the interrelationship of poetry, culture and religion in Renaissance Italy, with particular regard to Michelangelo's and Vittoria Colonna's poetry.

Jeremy Page
Testing and assessment; uses of literature in language teaching; teacher training; intercultural teaching and learning; curriculum development; ELT management.

Susan Robbins
Teaching and learning; curriculum and materials development; academic development; teacher education; using literature for language development; English for academic purposes, English for specific purposes (business English); technology enhanced learning.

Silvia Taylor
The use of Web 2.0 for teaching and learning languages. The Intercultural Competence Model in modern languages. Bilingualism and acculturation in children. History of European Art in the 19th & 20th century.

Simon Williams
Teaching English for academic purposes; testing and assessment; approaches to listening skills development; phonology.

Jules Winchester
Sociolinguistics; intercultural communication, teaching and learning; language and identity; linguistic politeness; English for academic purposes.

Ray de Witt
Teacher training; English for specific purposes; testing and assessment; IELTS materials development.

Language Pedagogy Principles Practice

A brief bulletin of recent SCLS activity, to share and disseminate information on research and teaching-related activities carried out by our staff and students to Sussex and wider communities; and to encourage reflection on broader issues to do with language, pedagogy, and culture by staff and students within SCLS.

May 2017

October 2016

November 2015

April 2015

November 2014

April 2014

October 2013

March 2013

September 2012