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Dr Sian Preece
Room 626
UCL Institute of Education, University College London
20 Bedford Way
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  • Honorary Associate Professor
  • IOE - Culture, Communication & Media
  • UCL Institute of Education

I am an applied linguist with a background in English language teaching. I began my teaching career in the late 1980s as an EFL teacher, first in Greece and later in the UK. Several years later, I became an EAP tutor at what was then the UCL Language Centre, during which time I studied for an MA TESOL at the IOE. After graduating, I became a lecturer in EAP at the University of Hertfordshire and then moved to the University of Westminster, where I taught courses in the English language and linguistics department before moving to the Education Centre. During the 9 years I was at Westminster, I returned to the IOE to study for my PhD, which was supervised by Prof David Block. I was awarded my doctorate in 2006 and since then have joined the staff in the Applied Linguistics team at the IOE. 

Research Themes
Research Summary

I am interested in the phenomenon of identity in contexts of linguistic diversity. I examine multilingual identities in Anglophone higher educational settings, focusing on multilingualism in intersection with gender, social class and ethnicity and the ways in which language acts as a marker of identity and resource for doing identity work among students from diverse socio-economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. I promote the idea of linguistic diversity as a resource to be welcomed rather than a problem to be solved within the sector and am working on the development of plurilingual approaches to teaching and learning in higher education. I lead The Multilingual University project (https://multilingualuniversity.org) and am the co-founder and co-convenor of the BAAL Multilingualism SIG. I have developed and lead a number of collaborative staff-student projects at UCL, including UCL ChangeMakers: The Multilingual University: making the most of linguistic diversity (UCL Institute of Education staff and students) and UCL Grand Challenges: What space for linguistic diversity in Brexit Britain? (UCL Institute of Education and Dept of Political Science staff and students in association with English for Action London).


I am the principle supervisor for a number of doctoral students working on qualitative and ethnographically oriented projects on multilingualism and language and identity related matters in educational settings around the world. 

Teaching Summary

I teach on the MA Applied Linguistics in the Applied Linguistics and TESOL team at UCL Institute of Education. I am the module tutor for the Language and Identity module and contribute to the the Sociolinguistics and Sociocultural Theory module lead by Dr John Gray. I am the principle supervisor for a number of doctoral students. 

  Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics and Tesol Institute of Education UCL, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2006   Doctor of Philosophy Institute of Education
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