Dr Tony Capstick
Director of MA Programmes in TESOL and Applied Linguistics
Departmental Director of Teaching and Learning (PG)
Tony teaches the following modules:
LS1GL: Globalisation and Language
LS3LMG: Language and Migration
LS2LDP: Literacy, Discourse and Power
LSMLMG: Language and Migration
Areas of Interest
Tony's main areas of interest are teacher education, multilingualism and migration. He carries out research in formal classrooms as well as informal out-of-school contexts in order to explore the role of home language use in institutional settings, , with a particular focus on literacy and power. He draws on sociolinguistics and discourse analysis but as an ethnographer he is most at home working in diverse settings tracing the educational trajectories of learners and finding pedagogic solutions to the challenges faced by teachers.
Tony also researches the role of English in mainstream schooling in developing country contexts by exploring the micro-contexts of peer interaction in classrooms as well as the language policy context. His most recent project funded by the British Council sought to understand the language in education needs of Syrian refugees in the Middle East. He has also written about the language and education needs of adult migrants living in the UK as part of his work investigating immigration and integration.
Tony is happy to supervise PhD students interested in socio-cultural approaches to classroom interaction and related pedagogy as well as topics related to multilingualism, migration, literacy and TESOL.
Research groups / Centres
- Capstick, T. (2019) Language learning as psycho-social support: translanguaging space as safe space in superdiverse refugee settings. Applied Linguistics Review. ISSN 1868-6311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1515/applirev-2018-0036
- Capstick, T. (2019) Transnational literacies as social remittances: the role of language ideologies in shaping migrants' online literacies. Applied Linguistics. ISSN 1477-450X doi: https://doi.org/10.1093/applin/amz009
- Capstick, T. (2019) Literacy, power and practices: taking a discourse-ethnographic approach to exploring adult literacy practices in Pakistan and the UK. International Journal of Lifelong Education, 38 (4). pp. 433-448. ISSN 1464-519X doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/02601370.2019.1636891
- Capstick, A. (2018) Migration and belonging in the home literacies of Mirpuri families. In: Bahun, S. and Petric, B. (eds.) Thinking home: interdisciplinary dialogues. Bloomsbury, London. ISBN 9781350062375
- Capstick, T. (2018) Key concepts in ELT: resilience. English Language Teaching Journal, 72 (2). pp. 210-213. ISSN 1477-4526 doi: https://doi.org/10.1093/elt/ccx068
- Capstick, T., ed. (2018) Language for resilience: cross-disciplinary perspectives on the role of language in enhancing the resilience of refugees and host communities. Report. British Council
- Capstick, T. (2016) Multilingual literacies, identities and ideologies: exploring chain migration from Pakistan to the UK. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9781137569776
- Capstick, T. (2016) Literacy mediation in marriage migration from Pakistan to the United Kingdom: appropriating bureaucratic discourses to get a visa. Discourse and Society, 27 (5). pp. 481-499. ISSN 0957-9265 doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/0957926516651220
- Capstick, T. and Delaney, M., (2016) Language for resilience: the role of language in enhancing the resilience of Syrian refugees and host communities. Report. British Council
Capstick, T. (2015) A cross-cultural study of university students in Pakistan and the UK: employability, identity and aspirations. Islamabad: British Council.
Coleman, H. & Capstick, T. (2012). Language in education in Pakistan: Recommendations for policy and practice. Islamabad: British Council.
Capstick, T. (2011). Understanding language in education in Pakistan through qualitative research on literacy and identity. In Language and Development, 9th International Language and Development Conference: Language and Social Cohesion. Colombo [online]. Available at http://languageandsocialcohesion.org/content/tcapstickpaper.htm
Capstick, T. (2011). Adopting ethnographic research methods to investigate English language learning among multilingual families in Pakistan and the UK. Journal of NATECLA 22(2).
Capstick, T. (2011). Language in education policy dialogues: generating a national debate about language use in schools in Pakistan. Bangladesh English Language Teachers Association Conference, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Unpublished conference paper.
Capstick, T. (2011). Language and migration: the social and economic benefits of learning English in Pakistan. In: H. Coleman, ed. Dreams and Realities: Developing countries and the English language. London: British Council, pp. 207-228.
Capstick, T. (2010). Language testing in Pakistan: mapping English for migrants. Society of Pakistan English Language Teachers Conference, Karachi, Pakistan. Unpublished conference paper.
Capstick, T. (2009). Language, identity and belonging in Lancashire and Mirpur. In Routes into Languages, Community and Lesser taught Languages Conference. Manchester, UK 18 November 2009. [online] Available at http://www.routesintolanguages.ac.uk/northwest/news/1480.
Capstick, T. (2008). Literacy, identity and citizenship: a rationale for using a New Literacy Studies approach to exploring language and education policy in Pakistan and the UK. In EASAS (European Association of South Asian Studies), 20th European Conference on South Asian Studies. Manchester, UK 8-11 July 2008. [online] Available at http://urn:nbn:de:bsz:16-savifadok-1767