Language, Discourse & Communication, option of joint PhD with HKU/NUS

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MPhil/PhD joint PhD with HKU/NUS

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Part Time, Full Time

RESEARCH PROFILE
  • Research income: Approximately £120,000 a year.
  • Current number of academic staff: Over 25 research active academics.
  • Current number of research students: 40-50.
  • Recent publications:
    • Language in Late Modernity: Interaction in an Urban School;
    • Sociolinguistics & Computer-Mediated Communication;
    • Translation in Language Teaching: An Argument for Reassessment;
    • Ethnography and Cultural Practice: Ways of Learning during Residence Abroad;
    • New Ethnicities and Language Use;
    • Inferencing and cultural reproduction: A corpus based critical discourse analysis;
    • Small Stories, Interaction & Identities.
  • Research projects:
    • Urban Classroom Culture and Interaction;
    • Dialect Development & Style in a Diasporic Community;
    • Language, Ethnicity, & Employment Job Interviews, Ethnicity & Disadvantage;
    • The Impact of Language & Cognition on Compliance During a Natural Disaster;
    • Crossing languages & border: Intercultural modern foreign languages in a conflict-troubled context.
  • Partner organisations: Hong Kong University and National University of Singapore (optional joint PhD opportunities).

KEY FACTS
Head of group/division
Professor Ben Rampton
Duration
Expected to be: MPhil two years FT, three years PT; PhD three years FT, four-six years PT.
Location
Strand Campus or Waterloo Campus.
Year of entry 2015
Offered by
Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy
Centre for Language Discourse & Communication
Department of Education and Professional Studies
Closing date
No deadline (but applicants are advised that it can take 4-6 weeks to process a complete application). However, students interested in applying for funding should be aware that deadlines for this differ and may be earlier, therefore applicants should view the Graduate Funding Pages at http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources/index.aspx for more information.
Intake
No set number.
Fees
CONTACTS
Contact information
Academic contact
Professor Ben Rampton
Professor of applied and socio-linguistics
Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 3711
Fax: +44 (0)20 7848 3182

Dr Alexandra Georgakopoulou
Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 2629
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RESEARCH DESCRIPTION
The Centre for Language Discourse & Communication (Centre for LDC) works across the School of Arts & Humanities and the School of Social Science & Public Policy and has particular strengths in; educational linguistics and language education; literacy studies; sociolinguistics; text and discourse analysis; corpus linguistics; psycholinguistics and cognitive linguistics.

Research focuses on the dynamics of language and literacy within globalisation and intercultural contact, on language, literacy and discourse in everyday interaction, in education, literature and popular culture, in new and mass media and in medical and workplace settings. The Centre runs a number of seminar series, research days and workshops, some in collaboration with other parts of the University of London, which are invaluable to Language & Linguistics MPhil/PhD students.

Joint PhD programmes
Joint degree programmes in the area of linguistics, language, discourse and communications are available between King's and Hong Kong University (HKU) and King's and the National University of Singapore (NUS). The programmes draw on the strengths of the partnering institutions in the broad field of Language, Discourse & Communication, including specialist areas such as: discourse analysis, language & interaction, social pragmatics, psycholinguistics, second language education.

Staff interests associated with the research programme and its research groups

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Classical civilisation, museum education
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Discourse, narrative analysis and sociolinguistics of Modern Greek; anthropological linguistics; youth language; computer-mediated communication.
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Contemporary Spanish language, syntax. Applied and Descriptive Linguistics.
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+44 (0)20 7848 2068
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My research involves ethnographic and interactional discourse analysis. I cross-refer quite frequently to work in anthropology, sociology and cultural studies, and my publications cover urban multilingualism, language, youth, popular culture, ethnicities and class, language education and classroom discourse, second language learning, and research methodology.
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My research is concerned with language and ethnicity. I use two qualitative methodologies, Interactional Sociolinguistics and ethnography to look at disadvantages faced by linguistic and ethnic minorities in interaction with institutions. My publications cover patient-health professional communication, language and cultural practices in the workplace, English to speakers of other languages (ESOL) and institutional selection processes and their potential for indirect discrimination. In the last five years I have directed 6 government funded research projects on health communication, selection interviewing and ESOL.
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020 7848 3188
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My academic and research interests include classroom pedagogy, content and language-integrated curriculum development, language assessment, and language policy.
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020 7848 3713
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Most of my research revolves around the question of the culture-specificity of language use. My publications in the field of cross-cultural pragmatics compare various speech acts in English, German, Polish and Russian and investigate culture-specific perceptions and conceptualisations of politeness. My more recent research based on video-recordings of family conversations analyses bilingual communication and identity in English/Polish families, and investigates the different ways in which English, Polish and English/Polish families share responsibilities.

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My current research projects are in the areas of Cognitive Linguistics (with special focus on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Health Communication) and Typical/Atypical Language Development using a combination of Psycholinguistic and Discourse Analysis approaches, whereas my earlier research was on Semantic & Lexical Variation and Change in English, using a Corpus Linguistic approach.

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020 7848 3136
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My research is in four areas: the theory and practice of applied linguistics, discourse analysis, English language teaching, and stylistics.

In discourse analysis, I am particularly interested in the language of public debate. From 2002-20008 I directed a series of ESRC projects on disputes about food policy (about GM agriculture, organic farming, and school meals). I am principal investigator on a major new Leverhulme project on the way people talk about animals: People, Products, Pests and Pets: the discursive representation of animals.

In my work on English language teaching, I am an advocate of the use of translation and students' own languages.

In stylistics, my early work on literature and advertising has expanded into a more general theory of the role of language play in cognition, social relations and language learning.

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  • All aspects of MFL education
  • Primary foreign language learning and teaching
  • Cultural and intercultural dimensions of language learning
  • School organisation, management and leadership
  • European dimensions of schooling and comparative education
  • Change processes and innovation in schools
  • Assessment for learning (AfL) in MFL and in primary and secondary schools generally
  • Researching the pupils' voice and pupil talk
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My research broadly investigates the links between language and cognition. There are two strands of my work that do this: 1. The first examines how linguistic structure is associated with cognitive judgements, mostly about motion events. In this strand I have looked at Spanish, Mandarin Chinese and English languages with regard to bilingualism and second language learning, non-linguistic cognition, how parents and children talk about motion and metaphorical motion. 2. The second strand focuses on how adults and children talk about science with relation to how children learn about scientific ideas, including what science is, evolution, marine biology, among other things. Both strands tend to focus on informal contexts of learning.

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General linguistics, English syntax
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My main research interests lie in the relationship between globalization, language diversity and intercultural communication. In particular, I am currently investigating English as a lingua franca (ELF), working with ELF corpus data for the purpose of describing and theorizing current developments in the lexis, grammar and pragmatics of English in lingua franca settings. My research also considers the implications for language pedagogy of the ongoing internationalization and diversification of English(es), especially in relation to Teacher Education, and with a focus on the role and nature of knowledge about language in teacher development. 

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Job interviews, ethnicity and disadvantage
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Language teacher knowledge and expertise, teacher education and teacher development, the role of materials in language teaching and learning, task-based language teaching (TBLT), learner autonomy and learner strategies, and ICT in language learning. My PhD investigated the relationship between theory and research in SLA, and language teachers’ knowledge, beliefs and practices, using a case study approach on the uptake of task-based approaches to language teaching.

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My interests include language and ethnicity, language in education and language and literacy. I have a particular research focus on the formation of new ethnicities in Britain over the past few decades, and the resultant implications for educational policy and practice.

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My research interest is in verbal clinical communication, including healthcare professional-patient communication and communication among healthcare professionals. I have a particular interest in intercultural/interlingual communication in medicine. I am also interested in language interpreting studies.

My current funded research is to explore the ways to use discourse analysis and conversation analysis to inform medical education. I mainly use conversation analysis, discourse analysis and ethnographic methodologies in my research.

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MFL teaching and methodology, MFL for early learners, the intercultural dimension, and content-based language learning.
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020 7848 3161
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Students' transition from school to university; academic writing and online teaching; language learning.
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020 7848 3536
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Literary and linguistic computing, Ovidian studies, meta-textual representation, humanities computing.
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ACADEMIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
General entry advice

We usually require a  minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree, a Masters degree with at least a high Merit (or overseas equivalents) in a subject appropriate to the research area.

Applicants should provide evidence of capacity to work at distinction level, and a piece of independently produced academic work (e.g. a Master’s essay/dissertation or published or unpublished paper) that has been assessed by the supervisor and admissions tutor as showing potential for doctoral level work.

An approved professional qualification and extensive practical experience in the relevant field may be taken into account when evaluating an application.

Those applying for the joint degree are encouraged to contact an academic at King's to develop research links with the partner institution.

NON ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS
Enhanced criminal conviction check
Occupational Health clearance required?

APPLYING TO KING'S
To apply for graduate study at King's you will need to complete our graduate online application form. Applying online makes applying easier and quicker for you, and means we can receive your application faster and more securely.
King's does not normally accept paper copies of the graduate application form as applications must be made online. However, if you are unable to access the online graduate application form, please contact the relevant admissions/School Office at King's for advice.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE
Please mention both the Centre for Language, Discourse & Communication (LDC) and the name of the academic you would like to work with at King's when you fill in the application form. Students interested in studying Linguistics at King’s only should make their application to the Education and Professional Studies Research MPhil/PhD.

PERSONAL STATEMENT & SUPPORTING INFORMATION
This requires a research proposal of 500 - 1,000 words covering the research questions, the research area, the potential fieldsite, the methodology, timescale of the project and an indication of the relevant literature. In addition a Personal Statement up to 500 words explaining your personal and/or professional interest in the research area and topic.

FUNDING
PhDs in descriptive and applied linguistics can be funded with studentships awarded by the ESRC and AHRC (UK Research Councils), as well as by King's (eg Graduate School, and Social Sciences and Public Policy) and other bodies. A significant proportion of our students have received these. For further information on funding opportunities please visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/graduate/funding/database



Related programme student profile

Education & Professional Studies Research MPhil/PhD, EdD/DrPS, DThMin
I chose to undertake my PhD in History Education at King’s as I had gained a very positive experience of the MRes programme in Education & Social Science and knew that I could rely upon receiving a high quality of PhD training and supervision.



I have not been disappointed in this as the supervision that I have received in both qualitative and quantitative educational research methods has been expert, rigorous and dedicated. I have also been able to call upon the help and advice of other members of staff in and outside my department. I have gained formal lecturing experience on the master’s course in Education and the experience of making scholarly presentations to research groups in fields directly and indirectly related to my research. This has made the experience of studying for a PhD at King’s a collegial and fulfilling one, as well as preparing me for an academic career that lies ahead.



The School of Social Science & Public Policy has generously funded my research into History Education & Muslim Boys in partnership with the Muslim Council of Britain. This partnership has not only been invaluable financially but has given my social research and ideas a direct outlet and relevance to the non-academic world.