Sussex Centre for Language Studies

Doctoral students

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.

Please contact efl@sussex.ac.uk in the first instance.

Here are details of some of our co-supervised doctoral students:

Qifeng Wu (China)
Research area: Investigating the use of codeswitching strategies for enhancing reading comprehension of native-Chinese-speaking EFL students.
Started September 2015. Supervisors: Andrew Blair and Justyna Robinson (English).

Zurina Khairuddin (Malaysia)
Research area: International Students' Engagement with Spoken Academic Discourse.
Started January 2015. Supervisors: Simon Williams and Roberta Piazza (English)

Helen Gibb (UK)
Research area: Language teachers’ attitudes and practice regarding spoken error correction.
Started September 2014. Supervisors: Andrew Blair and Linda Morrice (Education).

Haitham Althubaiti (Saudi Arabia)
Research area: Language and culture in English language pedagogy.
Working title: Culture & Language: The Influence of Individualism vs. Collectivism in English Language Learning - A Case Study of English Language Students at University in Saudi Arabia.
Started September 2013. Supervisors: Yusuf Sayed (Education) and Andrew Blair.

Alexandra Reynolds (UK/France)
Research area: language and identity.
Working title: L2 Identity shifts in the French Scientific Community.
Started September 2012. Supervisors: Jules Winchester and Roberta Piazza (English).

Yolanda Cerda (UK)
Research area: language, identity, gender and discourse.
Working title: An exploration of Gendered Identity Construction in the Discourse of Newspaper Columnists.
Started September 2012. Supervisors: Jules Winchester and Justyna Robinson (English).

Marianna Kyriakou (Cyprus)
Research area: language attitudes and ethnic identity.
Working title: Language attitudes and ethnic identity in a diglossic setting: the case of Greek-Cypriot school students.
Started October 2010. Supervisors: Jules Winchester, Roberta Piazza (English) and Melanie Green (English).

Imed Louhichi (Tunisia)
Research area: cross-linguistic investigation.
Title: Investigating linguistic and non-linguistic categorisation of motion events in Tunisian Arabic: implications for non-native teachers of English.
Completed 2015. Supervisors: Lynne Murphy (English) and Jules Winchester.

Devora Hellerstein (Israel)
Research area: Culture and second language reading skills.
Title: Celebrating Diversity: The Significance of Cultural Differences on Reading Comprehension Processes of the Young Adult EFL Learner in a Matriculation Preparation Programme in Israel.
Completed 2013. Supervisors: Andrew Blair and Judy Sebba (Education)

Faraz Bughio (Pakistan)
Research area: Second language pedagogy.
Title: ELT and Developing Communicative abilities at Bachelor level in large classes at the University of Sindh, Jamshoro, Pakistan.
Completed 2013. Supervisors: Ray de Witt and Paul Yates (Education)

Sally Rabi (Jordan)
Research area: Language teacher education.
Title: Developing a TEFL Teacher Training Program for EFL Teachers in the Middle East.
Completed 2013. Supervisors: Ray de Witt and Paul Yates (Education)

Irfan Ahmed (Pakistan)
Research area: English as a second language in higher education contexts.
Title: Analysing Students’ Experiences in an ESL programme at University of Sindh, Jamshoro, Pakistan: A Case Study.
Completed 2012. Supervisors: Yusuf Sayed (Education) and Andrew Blair.

Updated October 2015