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Dr John O'Regan
Room 623a
20 Bedford Way
Tel: +44 (0)20 7331 5150
  • Reader in Applied Linguistics
  • IOE - Culture, Communication & Media
  • UCL Institute of Education

I am Reader in Applied Linguistics at UCL Institute of Education, University College London, where I am a doctoral supervisor as well as a tutor on the MAs in Applied Linguistics and TESOL. I specialise in English as a global language, intercultural communication, and critical discourse analysis, and have wide interests in political economy, critical social theory, and colonial history. I have published in several journals, including the Journal of Applied Linguistics, Language and Intercultural Communication, Critical Discourse Studies, and the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, Hong Kong. My paper ‘English as a Lingua Franca: An Immanent Critique’ is currently one of the top ten most cited articles in the Journal of Applied Linguistics. I have also edited two books for Routledge, and am a former editor of the journal Language and Intercultural Communication (2010-2015). I hold MAs in International Political Economy and in Applied Linguistics from the universities of Warwick and London (Birkbeck). My PhD is in Critical Linguistics, and is also from the University of London (IOE). I have worked in higher education for almost 30 years, with positions at Thames Valley University, Oxford Brookes University, and now UCL Institute of Education, where I have been since 2009. I have a long association with Hong Kong, having lived much of my early life there. I have strong interests in the east Asia region.

Research Summary

My research interests include English as a global language, intercultural communication, critical discourse analysis, forensic linguistics, and critical applied linguistics, with particular reference to relationships between identity, politics and discourse. In addition, I have broad interests critical realism, poststructuralism, Marxism, the political economy of English in the world, English and international development, critical race theory, intercultural communication in civil aviation, and the discourse of extremist groups. I am currently writing a book on English and Capital in the Routledge Political Economy in Applied Linguistics Series, edited by David Block. I am also editing, along with John Gray and Catherine Wallace, a special issue of Language and Intercultural Communication entitled ‘Education and the intercultural politics of global neoliberalism’.

Teaching Summary

Doctoral School:
  • Critical Discourse Analysis

MA Programmes:
  • MA Applied Linguistics

  • English in Diverse World Contexts
  • Discourse, Society and Culture
  • Sociolinguistics and Sociocultural Theory
  • Language and Identity
  • Intercultural Communication

  • PhD
  • EdD
  • MA

Current Doctoral students:
  • Jiang Yuanqun (PhD): China's EFL teachers and globalization: Uncertain professional identities
  • Juliet Henderson (PhD): Global citizenship discourses in higher education contexts
  • Nadim Haddad (PhD): A psychoanalysis of English in a globalized world
  • Grace Eunjoong Chung (PhD): A sociocultural study of the children of multicultural families in South Korea and their families
  • Sharon Shiao Ying Chu (PhD): Deriving the argument in poetry: The case of the English translations of classical Chinese poems
  • Ilaria Moschini (PhD): 'Fan-ethics'. A critical multimodal exploration of geek cultural and semiotic practices
  • Rob Faurewalker (PhD): An Investigation into the creation of Islamism in government discourse
  • Katy Highet (PhD): Experiencing Indian English: Attitudes towards English and its varieties across distinct socio-economic backgrounds in India
  • Will Simpson (PhD): A political economy of English language education in east Asia: Linguistic instrumentalism or consumption?
  • Rommy Anabalón (PhD): Chile's EFL teachers and their ideologies towards English as a global language.
  • Tomoka Sato (EdD): An immersion course abroad: the impact on the second language identities and language learning opportunities of Japanese university students

Completed Doctoral Students

  • Paul Marshall (2011-16): Towards a new axial vision: a complex integral realist perspective (PhD awarded)
  • George Cremona (2010-15): Representations of Germany and its people in Maltese GFL learning contexts. A critical interpretation (PhD awarded)
  • Mamiko Noda (2010-15): A sociocultural study of insider discourses on English language teaching in senior high schools in Japan (PhD awarded)
  • Pan Zimeng (2011-15): An exploration of English language ideologies held by Chinese university members on the English used by Chinese people in relation to Inner-Circle Englishes (PhD awarded)
  • Giuliana Ferri (2010-2015): The promise of intercultural understanding and the transformative power of intercultural awareness: a problematisation of intercultural communication studies (PhD Awarded)
  • Stamatia Kremmyda (2010-14): Resistance to change in Greek Higher Education (PhD awarded)
  • Anne Betzel (2009-13): A discursive analysis of education policy under the conservative liberal government in England (PhD awarded)
  • Mariarosaria Provenzano (Post-doc 2010-2016). Hybridisation in the western-islamic discourse of finance (Associate of the IOE conferred)

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