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Dr Sara Young
  • Senior Teaching Fellow Dissertation Supervisor in Applied Linguistics and TESOL
  • IOE - Culture, Communication & Media
  • UCL Institute of Education
  • Teaching Fellow in English for Academic Purposes
  • Centre for Languages & Intl Educatn
  • UCL Institute of Education

I am a Senior Teaching Fellow at UCL Institute of Education, where I have worked in the Department of Culture, Communication and Media (CCM), and the Centre for Language and International Education (CLIE). I received my PhD in Applied Linguistics from UCL, following my MRes in Educational and Social Research at the Institute of Education. Prior to this, I worked in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and FLE (French as a Foreign Language), and lived in Greece and Hungary for several years.

Research Summary

My research focuses on the relationship between language and identity, especially in the context of contemporary Britain, pre- and post-Brexit. My current projects investigate bi/multilingual practices and identity construction amongst adolescents, and how these various practices may be at play in different spaces. I was also invited to work on a Covid-19 related project which explores the impact of the lockdown on Polish complementary schools, and the subsequent impact on heritage language learning. I specialise in narrative inquiry, exploring how narrative can be a means to construct identity, both for the individual and for nation states.

I am also involved with the ethical nature of research, including the questions that arise when working with adolescents and young people; and the ethics of data translation and transcription in multilingual research.

Teaching Summary

From 2019, have been supervising students on the MA Applied Linguistics/TESOL programme, and also the MA English Education. In Autumn 2020, I will also be teaching on the Research Methods Module for the MA Applied Linguistics/TESOL.
Since 2019, I have also been working on the pre-sessional courses for the Centre for Languages and International Education (CLIE).

Academic Background
2019   ATQ02 - Recognised by the HEA as an Associate Fellow University College London
2018   Doctorat University College London
2014   Master of Research University College London
1994   Master of Arts Queen Mary College, University of London
1993   Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Royal Holloway
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