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Dr Jim McKinley
20 Bedford Way
  • Associate Professor
  • IOE - Culture, Communication & Media
  • UCL Institute of Education

Having grown up in the US, I completed my BA in English there. I then taught ESOL for many years in Japan and Australia. I studied applied linguistics for my MA at the University of Sydney, with professors including the late Richard Baldauf, and leader in Systemic Functional Linguistics, Jim Martin. I then spent a semester as a visiting academic at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda on a Rotary International university teacher's grant. Returning to Australia, I completed my doctoral coursework at the University of Sydney, where I taught on the MEd TESOL alongside Brian Paltridge, as well as in the university's Learning Centre, and Centre for English Teaching. I moved back to Japan in 2005 and taught at Sophia University in Japan for eleven years, in which time I completed my PhD part time through the Victoria University of Wellington. Also in that time, I served as president of the Tokyo chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching from 2011-2013. At Sophia, I served as the Head of the Core Program and Director of the Sophia Writing Centre in the Faculty of Liberal Arts. In 2016 I relocated to the UK for a tenured position at the University of Bath, where I served as the Director of Studies for the PhD in Education. I started my position as Associate Professor in UCL IOE’s Centre for Applied Linguistics in September 2018 as the programme leader for the MA TESOL Pre-Service.

Research Summary

My main interests are in research methods in applied linguistics and TESOL, second language writer identity, English medium instruction (EMI) and content and language integrated learning (CLIL) in internationalised higher education, and academic community development. I was principal investigator on the British Academy-funded project ‘Exploring the teaching-research nexus in higher education’ (2018), a project from which I am developing further investigation into TESOL researcher-practitioners. I am currently involved in a project investigating language related challenges in English medium instruction with colleagues from the University of Oxford, funded by EMI Oxford. 

I have published in journals such as Applied Linguistics, Journal of Second Language Writing, TESOL Quarterly, Higher Education, Studies in Higher Education, and System, am an editor of Doing Research in Applied Linguistics: Realities, Dilemmas and Solutions (2017, Routledge), an author of Data Collection Methods in Applied Linguistics (available Nov 2019, Bloomsbury), an editor of The Routledge Handbook of Research Methods in Applied Linguistics (available December 2019), and co-author of Challenges and Innovations in Research Methods in Applied Linguistics (2021, Routledge). I am currently Co-Editor for System and Co-Editor for Cambridge University Press Elements: 'Language Teaching'.

Teaching Summary

I am currently coordinating the Researching Second Language Learning module and teaching on the core modules for the MA TESOL Pre-service programme. Although I now primarily teach master's students preparing to teach ESOL, I taught EFL and ESL for many years. At the postgraduate level, I previously taught on the MEd TESOL at the University of Sydney, the MA in Linguistics (TESOL) at Sophia University, and the MA TESOL at the University of Bath. I held visiting academic positions in the Department of Language Education, Makerere University, in Uganda (2002-3003), and at Trinity College Dublin, in the School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences (2014-2015). 

I am currently supervising 13 doctoral students, and am unable to take on more at this time.

Tayba Sulaiman Thani Al Hilali, PhD, UCL: A contextual genre-based study of the nature of workplace writing: Towards preparing engineering students for professional writing in Oman.
Rahmi, PhD, University of Bath: Professional identity development of Acehnese EFL teachers: The case of practicing teachers at secondary schools with master's degrees.
Agata Mikolajewska, PhD, UCL: English medium instruction in tertiary education: A case study of Poland.
Mai Oyama, PhD, UCL: The effect of explicit instruction on the development of pragmatic competence of Japanese EFL learners.
Dandan Zhu, PhD, UCL: Language Teacher Identity of Native English-speaking Teachers under the NEST-NNEST Dichotomy: A Case Study in Shenzhen, China.
Nathan Thomas, PhD, UCL: Exploring the Sociocultural Negotiation of Identity, Motivation, and Strategic Behaviour of East Asian Students in a UK University Context.
Tolera Simie, PhD, UCL: The Impact of EMI on the Quality of Education and its Consequences on Employability: The case of Ethiopian Higher Education Institutions
Josef Mueller, EdD, UCL: Teacher strategies for teaching culturally diverse classrooms
James Carroll, PhD, UCL (lead supervisor: Arthur Chapman): An exploratory case study characterising curricular goals manifested at the level of A-Level students’ formal, written historical arguments after differing methods of exposure to ‘recontextualised’ academic historical scholarship
Kevin Tai, PhD, UCL (lead supervisor: Li Wei): Classroom interaction and teachers' reflections on the functions of translanguaging in Hong Kong English medium instruction classrooms: A linguistic ethnographic study
Emma Quick, EdD, UCL (lead supervisor: John Gray): English medium instruction in a trilingual Italian university
Jennifer MacDonald, EdD, UCL (lead supervisor: Amos Paran): Language as problem" at linguistically-diverse Canadian universities
Michael Beaney, EdD, UCL (lead supervisor: Mary Richardson): Evaluating the Reading-into-Writing element of pre-sessional EAP assessment

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