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Tim Shortis

Tim Shortis

Visiting Research Associate

Contact information:
Tel: +44 (0)7976 546 526

About me

I became a Visiting Research Associate at King’s in March 2009 at the same time as Julie Blake and in recognition of our contribution to the teaching of English in UK schools. We work on curriculum and teaching projects, which have been described as being concerned with the “re-resourcing of English for the digital age”. We are engaged by the potential of information and communication technologies for augmenting learning in the context of secure disciplinary knowledge and pedagogical expertise.
In addition, we teach and research mainly in the areas of English language, Literature and ICT. My current teaching takes the form of a module about new media in KCL’s Language and Communication BA degree along with occasional short courses and student lectures.
My principal areas of research are the relationship between language and new media, the digital representation of text archives from libraries and museums for school learning, and the teaching of domains and methods from applied linguistics and social semiotics at school level: for example, spoken language, child language acquisition and language variation over time. My doctoral research is focused on texts, practices and discourses relating to spelling in SMS text messaging, situating these in the longer histories of written English and vernacular spelling practices.
I taught English Language, Literature and Communication Studies for twelve years mainly to GCE A Level students and was Head of English and a Senior Tutor at a sixth form college in Bristol. I was Chief Examiner of the main GCE Advanced Level English Language course from 2000 until 2006 and was a full time researcher on a three year ESRC TLRP research project based the University of Bristol assessing the potential impact for learning in formal educational settings.

Association memberships

• British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL)
• National Association for the Teaching of English (NATE)
• Association for Learning Technology (ALT)

Other roles and offices

• Co-opted member of Committee for Linguistics in Education 2004-(CLIE)
• Committee member NATE’s ICT Committee


Who’s prepared to teach? With Julie Blake, a benchmarking investigation of the degree level qualifications and preparedness of initial teacher trainees in English. This research was commissioned by the Committee for Linguistics in Education, with financial support from the British Association for Applied Linguistics, the Linguistics Association of Great Britain, the National Association for the Teaching of English, and the Higher Education Academy’s English Subject Centre and centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies.

Current and ongoing projects

Find out more about mycurrent projects here.

Selected past projects

Find out more about my past projects here.

Publications and conference presentations

You can see a selected list of my publications and presentations here.
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