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Dr Jim McKinley
612b
20 Bedford Way
Bloomsbury
London
WC1H 0AL
Appointment
  • Associate Professor
  • IOE - Culture, Communication & Media
  • UCL Institute of Education
Biography

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) 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, 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 (2019, Bloomsbury), an editor of The Routledge Handbook of Research Methods in Applied Linguistics (2020), and author of Challenges and Innovations in Research Methods in Applied Linguistics (2021, Routledge). I am currently Co-Editor for System.


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. As a recipient of a Rotary International University Teachers' Grant, I ran research seminars as a visiting scholar for one semester in the Department of Language Education, Makerere University, in Uganda. I also spent one year as a visiting academic at Trinity College Dublin, giving various guest lectures in the School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences. 


Current doctoral students:

  • Wenxuan Li, EdD, University of Bath: An investigation of acculturative stress: A multiple-case study of three UK students studying abroad in China, passed examination November 2018.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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