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Dr Sara Young
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  • Lecturer (Teaching)
  • IOE - Culture, Communication & Media
  • UCL Institute of Education
  • Lecturer (Teaching) MA Education
  • IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment
  • UCL Institute of Education

I am a Lecturer at UCL Institute of Education, where I have worked in the Dept. of Culture, Communication and Media (CCM), the Dept. of Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment (CPA), 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 am currently working 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 January 2021, I have been working as an Academic and Pastoral Tutor on the MA Education, where I also supervise Dissertations. I have also been a Dissertation Supervisor on the MA Applied Linguistics/TESOL programme from 2019; and have also worked on the MA English Education.
During the academic year 2020/21, I have taught on the Research Methods Module for the MA Applied Linguistics/TESOL, and the Understanding Research Module for the MA Education.
I also worked on the pre-sessional courses for the Centre for Languages and International Education (CLIE) in 2019 and 2020.

Academic Background
2020   Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow UCL
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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