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Dr Tony Capstick

Dr Tony Capstick

Director of MA Programmes in TESOL and Applied Linguistics

Departmental Director of Teaching and Learning (postgraduate)


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

Postgraduate supervision

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.


Tony teaches the following modules:


  • LS1GL: Globalisation and Language
  • LS3LMG: Language and Migration
  • LS2LDP: Literacy, Discourse and Power


  • LSMLMG: Language and Migration.

Research centres and groups

  • Applied Linguistics Research Group
  • Languages and Linguistics Research Division
  • Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism.


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