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Ms Nicola Schmidt-Renfree

Post:Research student (Psychology)
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I am currently researching what happens when we listen in a second language and how this differs from how we listen in our first language.

Previous research has included how people use language for strategic purposes, and my roles have included posts in Communciation and in English Language, and posts in teaching English for specific Purposes, English for Academic Purposes, and English as an Additional Language.

I have held lecturing posts at the Universities of Kent (2003-2010), Brighton (2002), and Ulster (1998-2002), in addition to holding teaching posts at a number of language schools and at two different secondary schools. 

My main interest now is in developing methods for enhancing the learning and teaching of second language listening skills, which is the most difficult area of second language acquisition to develop proficiently.





International presentations given:

1. Conferences

2013     1st ELT in HE conference at the University of Zawia, Libya (invited to be the keynote                                                  speaker by the British Council) – on Embedding Generic Transferable Skills into English Language courses

2013     Quality Assurance and Mechanisms in Language Programmes in HE (hosted by the University of Kurdistan-                Hewler, Iraq, and sponsored by the British Council) – on Quality Assurances of    Language Programmes

2008     Learn Higher Assessment Symposium, Canterbury (hosted by University of Kent) - on Innovative forms of Assessment

2001     2nd Jordanstown Linguistics Conference (hosted by University of Ulster) -  on Language and Power Relations

1999     International Linguistic Politeness Symposium, Bangkok (hosted by University of Chulalongkorn) -  on  Gratitude as a Ritual

1999     1st Jordanstown Linguistics Conference (hosted by University of Ulster)  -  on Politeness and Facework

1998     6th International Pragmatics Conference, Reims  -  on Politeness and Responses to Thanks.


2. Seminars

Feb 2007        SECL pop lecture, University of Kent - on Verbal Politeness Rituals

Nov 1999       Ulster Discourse Studies Group, University of Ulster - on Gratitude Rituals,

June 1999      Ulster Discourse Studies Group, University of Ulster - on Facework as Discourse

May 1998       WIP seminar, University of Aalborg, Denmark - on Responses to Thanks

Dec 1997       Semiotics Research Group, University of Aarhus, Denmark - on Information Processing, Prejudice and Fatigue 

Nov 1997       University of Aalborg, Denmark - on Linguistic Politeness and Schemata, 

May 1997       University of Brighton, WIP seminar on Language Routines

Nov 1996       MA TEFL & MA MALT seminar, University of Brighton - on Teacher Fatigue 




Ph.D. candidate in the the psycholinguistics of listening in a second language


I currently hold a Master of Arts degree in English Language Teaching (University of Brighton), a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Human Sciences (University College London), a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methodology and a Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language.