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Dr Paul Booth specialises in language teaching pedagogy and second language acquisition with an interest in language teaching, learning differences and vocabulary. His research focuses on the relationship between learning and the lexical production of second language learners.
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Rachel Edmonds is interested in using corpus analysis to investigate multimodal writing within Higher Education. She is also involved in teacher training and course design and development within the field of English for Specific Academic Purposes.
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Sarah Horrod is working towards a PhD: Applied Linguistics by Thesis and Coursework. She specialises in teaching English for Specific Academic Purposes, teaching pedagogy, qualitative methods and critical reflection. Her research interests are discourse analysis and multimodality.
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Karen Hurley is working towards an Education Doctorate and is looking at pre-sessional outcomes and benchmarking with Glasgow University.


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Dr Marina Lambrou's research interests include stylistics (literary and non-literary), focusing on narratives; narratology, language and media – the linguistic strategies underlying media language and mediation of texts; sociolinguistics, including language variation and identity; and ethnography.
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Alex Linghorn is currently researching and designing a new course on professional writing and speaking skills for English Language Development. He is redeveloping and designing a teacher-training course for Korean English language teachers. His research interest is in globalisation.
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Dr Catherine O’Brien’s current research is on religion and film. She is writing a chapter on “Women in the New Testament” (in films) for a book entitled The Bible in Motion, to be published by De Gruyter Press.
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Albert Pellicer is completing his PhD on Oscillations Between Text and Sound: a poetics of timbre. Current research includes working on a film: Breath of Sense; a study of ‘Silbo’ the ancient whistling language of La Gomera – Canary Islands.
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Elvira Pragnell’s research interest relates to Spanish Readers available to help students to improve reading and fluency i.e. the function of a reader; intensive or extensive texts within a particular reader; levels of reader from beginner to advanced.
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Rosa Rodriguez-Garrido’s research interest is on interpreting as a method of teaching Spanish, contemporary Spanish politics, society and culture, the vision of the Spanish Civil War and Francoism through film, and art in the Spanish civil war.
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Dr Selene Scarsi’s research interests rest in the field of Comparative Literature – in particular, Anglo-Italian literary relations in the Renaissance and women’s writing. Her first book, entitled Translating Women in Early Modern England was published by Ashgate in 2010.
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Dr Kate Scott is a theoretical linguist with a background in pragmatics, with a specialisation in the pragmatics of abbreviated language in diaries, taking a relevance theoretic perspective. Her research focuses on the pragmatics of referring expressions.
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Maria Shepherd’s research is on contemporary Spanish politics, society and culture; and language teaching methodology. Maria plans to start a PhD this academic year: Art as a weapon of torture vs. method of therapy in the Spanish Civil War.
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Dr Hannah Sowden is primarily concerned with the acquisition of language and gesture. She is interested in the co-development of speech and gesture in both typically and atypically developing children and also in the processing of language and gesture in adults.
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Sue Train’s research activities focuses on French language teaching (intercultural communication and teaching contemporary fiction), in particular using contemporary literature, fiction and non-fiction narrations, to enhance the language undergraduate curriculum.

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