Staff Profile:Professor Viv Edwards

Name:
Professor Viv Edwards
Job Title:
Professor of Language in Education
Responsibilities:

Supervision of PhD students (no new applications).

Areas of Interest:

Expertise and Research Interest:

  • Linguistic diversity.
  • Language and education.
  • Language in multilingual classrooms.
  • Literacy in developing countries.
  • Minority languages.
  • Bilingualism.
  • Professional development of teachers.

 Current and Recent PhD Students, with Topics/Titles of their Research:

  • Xiaorang Zhang: Impact of residential courses in the UK on the professional development of Chinese teachers of English and educational change in Western provinces in China.
  • Lily Lei Ye: An investigation of identity formation of Chines doctoral students in the UK.
  • Onyedikachi Abiodun-Ekus: Educational provision for Deaf students in a Nigerian secondary school.
  • Joanne Hillier: Digital technologies and identity: a case study of student teachers specialising in art.
  • Yaqoub Alghatrify: An Investigation into the Colleges of Applied Sciences English Teachers' Perceptions of Professional Development in the Sultanate of Oman.
  • Wei Ye: Identity Change in Confucius Institute Chinese Teachers in the UK.
  • Sherry Jie Liu: Trilingual education of ethic minority university students in China: a case study.
  • Tomasz John: The international student journey: enhancing postgraduate students' experience.
  • Marianne Aaron: Attitudes towards bilingual education among the Obolo people of Nigeria.
  • Nayr Ibrahim: Perceptions of identity in trilingual children learning to read and write simultaneously in three languages in diverse educational contexts: a case study.

Current and Recent Research Projects:

Research groups / Centres:

National Centre for Language and Literacy; Second Language Research group.

Publications:
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Recent Conference Presentations:

  • African language publishing for children: a story about stories. Keynote presentation at conference organised by the Reading Association of South Africa (RASA), the International Reading Association (IRA) and International Development Committee-Africa (IDC-A) on 'Imagination and literacy: Theory and practice', Cape Town, September 2015.
  • Telling Tales: The story of the Nal'ibali Reading-for-Enjoyment Supplements. Conference organised by the Reading Association of South Africa (RASA), the International Reading Association (IRA) and International Development Committee-Africa (IDC-A) on 'Imagination and literacy: Theory and practice', Cape Town, September 2015.
  • Doing school: cross-cultural encounters. Australian Council of TESOL Associations 14th annual conference. Melbourne, Australia, 30 September-3 October 2014.
  • Diversity lessons from Wales: How marketing bilingualism contributes to language shift and language maintenance. Invited speaker at Symposium on 'Doing diversity in Education through multilingualism, media and mobility'. Istanbul Policy Centre, June 2014.
  • With Daguo Li: Innovation and change in English language education in China. Annual conference of the Comparative Education Society of Europe, University of Freiburg, Germany, June 2014.
  • 'Doing diversity': the marketing of other languages. Australian Council of TESOL Associations 14th annual conference. Melbourne, Australia, 30 September-3 October 2014.
  • Multilingualism in the English-speaking world: opportunities for East-West dialogue. Invited speaker, colloquium on 'Understanding and using languages in a globalising world', American Association for Applied Linguistics annual conference, 15-17 March 2013, Dallas, Texas.

Any Further Information:

Enterprise Activity, External Roles and Consultancy:

  • Editor: Language and Education.
  • Series editor: New Perspectives on Language and Education, Multilingual Matters.
  • Member of the International Editorial Advisory Board for the 3rd Edition of the Encyclopedia of Language and Education.
  • Member of the AILA Research Network (ReN) on Social and Affective Factors in Home Language Maintenance and Development.
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
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Contact Details

Email:
v.k.edwards@reading.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0) 118 378 2701

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