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Dr Sian Preece
Room 626
UCL Institute of Education, University College London
20 Bedford Way
  • Senior Lecturer
  • 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 social and multilingual turn in applied linguistics and TESOL. My research examines language and identity with bi/multilingual language learners, with a focus on contexts of linguistic diversity in Anglophone higher educational settings and focuses on the intersection of gender, social class and ethnicity and the ways in which language acts as a marker of identity and resource for doing identity work. I have conducted a number of classroom based ethnographically oriented studies looking at the linguistic diversity and language identities in higher education. I subscribe to 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. Projects I have lead, include the ESRC seminar series The Multilingual University in English-dominant and English-medium instructional settings (in collaboration with Birmingham University, Strathclyde University and Lleida University), UCL ChangeMakers: The Multilingual University: making the most of linguistic diversity (a collaborative staff-student project at UCL Institute of Education) and UCL Grand Challenges: What space for linguistic diversity in Brexit Britain? (a collaborative staff-student project between UCL Institute of Education and Dept of Political Science in association with English for Action London)

I supervise a number of doctoral students  working on qualitative and ethnographically oriented projects examining language and identity related matters in relation to linguistic minorities, migrants, second language learners and teachers, academic staff and students along with projects related to examining multilingualism as resource for the education of refugee children.  

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 supervise MA dissertation students as well as supervising a number of doctoral students. 

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