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 Media, Arts and Humanities 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.

Feras Alkabani
Fin-de-siècle Orientalist literature; Sir Richard Burton; T.E. Lawrence; Arabic literary and translational scholarship in the Nahda; travel writing; comparative approaches to love and desire in European and Arabic literatures; postcolonial Arabic literature; sexuality and nationalism; Romanticism and Orientalism in the bilingual oeuvre of Kahlil Gibran.

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.

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

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.

Flora Derounian
European history post-World War Two; women's history; women's work; women religious;1968; Italian and French film; visual culture and representations; European feminism; gender and language; translation, interpreting and subtitling; religious work (Catholicism).

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.

Eljee Javier
Language teacher identities; racial and ethnic identities; nativespeakerism; intercultural communication; narrative-based methodologies; discourse analysis.

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.

Carmen Ríos-García
English and Spanish pragmatics, sociolinguistics and second language acquisition. Translation and interpreting in legal and health settings.

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
Second Language Acquisition, English for Academic Purposes, and spoken discourse. 

Jules Winchester
Intercultural communication; linguistic politeness; sociopragmatics of humour; language use and identity; and intercultural teaching and learning. 

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.

February 2020

April 2019

July 2018

December 2017

May 2017

October 2016

November 2015

April 2015

November 2014

April 2014

October 2013

March 2013

September 2012