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Professor Jim Coleman

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Professional biography

Jim Coleman is Emeritus Professor of Language Learning and Teaching at the Open University, and a member of the Languages and Applied Linguistics Research Group within the Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET). He holds a First Class B.A. in French with German from Exeter University, where he also completed an M.A. in French literature. As Lecturer in French at Glasgow University, he taught and published on Sixteenth Century French Literature, and joined the team which produced innovative language courses Le Français en Faculté and Lyon à la Une. As Reader in French Studies and (from 1992) Professor of Foreign Language Learning at Portsmouth Polytechnic/University, he worked on French Area Studies, especially media, while also researching aspects of language learning at university level. He coordinated a survey of 25,000 university language learners, the European Language Proficiency Survey, in 1993-95, and coordinated the FDTL Residence Abroad Project from 1997-2001. He was awarded a PhD by publication for a thesis entitled University Language Learning and Teaching in 2001. His research encompasses several aspects of university language teaching and learning: policy and practice, institutional contexts, pedagogy, applications of technology, e-learning, skills and employability, language testing, intercultural competence, and especially study/residence abroad. Over his career, he has won in total nearly £350,000 in external funding, and delivered over 180 invited lectures and conference papers, including plenaries, in 25 countries. Jim has worked on the council/committee of the Institute of Linguists, University Council of Modern Languages, Association for French Language Studies, Languages Expert Panel of the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, and as Joint Series Editor for the AFLS/CILT series Current Issues in University Language Teaching from 1992 to 2001. He has organised four conferences: AFLS in 1989, University Language Testing in 1995, Independent Language Learning: New Research Directions at the Open University in 2003 and the BAAL/CUP-sponsored Spoken Online Learning Events in 2007. He has servedon the Editorial Board of several international journals. Jim has been a Subject Specialist Assessor for French and Joint Languages in 1995/96, and a member of the European Studies Panel in the 2001 and 2008 Research Assessment Exercises. From 2011 to 2014 he served both as elected Chair of the University Council of Modern Languages, and as Editor-in-Chief of System: an International Journal of Educational Technology and Applied Linguistics.

Research interests

University language teaching and learning, embracing policy and practice, institutional contexts, pedagogy, applications of technology, skills and employability, language testing, autonomy, intercultural competence, individual variation (motivation, attitudes and anxiety), Englishisation and especially study/residence abroad.

Teaching interests

Jim Coleman has taught French language, literature and area studies, general and applied lingistics, and research methods, as well as supervising Masters, EdD and PhD students. 

Publications

Young pupils’ perceptions of their foreign language learning lessons: the innovative use of drawings as a research tool (2019)
Millonig, Diana; Stickler, Ursula and Coleman, James A.
The Language Learning Journal, 47(2) (pp. 229-245)


Forum on English-medium Instruction (2018-09)
Coleman, Jim; Hultgren, Kristina; Li, Wei; Tsui, Cheng-Fang Cynthia and Shaw, Philip
TESOL Quarterly, 52(3) (pp. 701-720)


The UK language learning crisis in the public media: a critical analysis (2017)
Lanvers, Ursula and Coleman, James A.
Language Learning Journal, 45(1) (pp. 3-25)


Sticking with Spanish: Reasons for Study and Motivation Maintenance in Adult Beginner Distance Language Learners (2014-09-12)
Furnborough, Concha and Coleman, James A.
EURODL (European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning), 17(2) (pp. 40-59)


Dymplexity: new theories, new contexts and new labels for mobile students (2013-03)
Coleman, James A.
Journal of Multicultural Discourses, 8(1) (pp. 20-28)


A survey of English-medium instruction in Italian higher education (2012)
Costa, Francesca and Coleman, James A.
International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 16(1) (pp. 3-19)


Non-specialist linguists in the United Kingdom in the context of the Englishisation of European higher education (2012)
Coleman, James A.
Fremdsprachen Lehren und Lernen, 41(2) (pp. 9-24)


Modern languages in the United Kingdom (2011)
Coleman, James A.
Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, 10(2) (pp. 127-129)


Learner characteristics and learning outcomes on a distance Spanish course for beginners (2010)
Coleman, James A. and Furnborough, Concha
System, 38(1) (pp. 14-29)


Integrating content and language in higher education in Italy: ongoing research (2010)
Costa, Francesca and Coleman, James A.
International CLIL Research Journal, 1(3) (pp. 19-29)


Study abroad and the Internet: physical and virtual context in an era of expanding telecommunications (2010)
Coleman, James A. and Chafer, Tony
Frontiers: The InterdisciplinaryJournal of Study Abroad, XIX (pp. 151-167)


Why the British do not learn languages: myths and motivations in the United Kingdom (2009-04-01)
Coleman, James A.
Language Learning Journal, 37(1) (pp. 111-127)


Learners’ anxiety in audiographic conferences: a discursive psychology approach to emotion talk (2009-01)
de los Arcos, Beatriz; Coleman, James A. and Hampel, Regine
ReCALL, 21(1) (pp. 3-17)


A survey of Internet-mediated intercultural foreign language education in China (2009)
Wang, Liang and Coleman, James A.
ReCALL, 21(1) (pp. 113-129)


L’Evolution du métier d’enseignant de langue de spécialité – une perspective internationale (2008-06)
Coleman, James A.
Cahiers de l'APLIUT, XXVII(2) (pp. 22-39)


Motivation of UK school pupils towards foreign languages: a large-scale survey at Key Stage 3 (2007-12)
Coleman, James A.; Galaczi, Á. and Astruc, L.
Language Learning Journal, 35(2) (pp. 245-280)


English-medium teaching in European Higher Education (2006-01)
Coleman, James A.
Language Teaching, 39(1) (pp. 1-14)


CALL from the margins: towards effective dissemination of CALL research and good practices (2005-05)
Coleman, James A.
ReCALL, 17(1) (pp. 18-31)


Complexities of learning and teaching languages in a real-time audiographic environment (2005)
Hampel, Regine; Felix, Uschi; Hauck, Mirjam and Coleman, James A.
German as a foreign language(3) (pp. 1-30)


Modern Languages in British universities: past and present (2004-06-01)
Coleman, James A.
Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, 3(2) (pp. 147-162)


A Bolognai Folyamat és az európai nyelvtanárképzés jövöje (2003)
Coleman, James A.
Modern Nyelvoktatás, 9(4) (pp. 3-12)


Researching whole people and whole lives (2013-08)
Coleman, James A.
In: Kinginger, Celeste ed. Social and Cultural Aspects of Language Learning in Study Abroad. Language Learning & Language Teaching (37) (pp. 17-44)
ISBN : 978 90 272 1315 0 | Publisher : John Benjamins | Published : Amsterdam & Philadelphia


What do students think works? Questionnaire on input presentation strategies (2012-07)
Costa, Francesca and Coleman, James A.
In: Marsh, David and Meyer, Oliver eds. Quality Interfaces: Examining Evidence And Exploring Solutions In CLIL. Kontinuum des Lernens (4) (pp. 92-102)
ISBN : 978-3-943318-05-0 | Publisher : Eichstätt Academic Press | Published : Eichstätt, Germany


Collaboration and interaction: the keys to distance and computer-supported language learning (2012)
Coleman, James A.; Hampel, Regine; Hauck, Mirjam and Stickler, Ursula
In: Levine, Glenn.S.; Phipps, Alison and Blythe, Carl eds. Critical and Intercultural Theory and Language Pedagogy (pp. 161-180)
ISBN : 9780495800071 | Publisher : Cengage Learning | Published : Florence, KY, USA


The experience and long-term impact of study abroad by Europeans in an African context (2011-08)
Coleman, James A. and Chafer, Tony
In: Dervin, Fred ed. Analysing the consequences of academic mobility and migration (pp. 67-96)
ISBN : 978-1-4438-2978-6 | Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing | Published : Newcastle


French Studies at the Open University: pointers to the future (2011-06)
Coleman, James A. and Vialleton, Elodie
In: Lane, Philippe and Worton, Michael eds. French Studies in and for the 21st Century (pp. 235-246)
ISBN : 978-1-84631-656-2 | Publisher : Liverpool University Press | Published : Liverpool


Multilingualism in contexts: the relativity of time and space (2009)
Coleman, James A.
In: Wiater, Werner and Videsott, Gerda eds. Migration und Mehrsprachigkeit (pp. 115-133)
ISBN : 9783631345597 | Publisher : Peter Lang | Published : Frankfurt am Main


Study abroad and SLA: defining goals and variables (2009)
Coleman, James A.
In: Berndt, Annette and Kleppin, Karin eds. Sprachlehrforschung: Theorie und Empire, Festschrift fur Rudiger Grotjahn (pp. 181-196)
ISBN : 978-3-631-59001-0 | Publisher : Peter Lang | Published : Frankfurt am Main


A new framework for study abroad research (2007)
Coleman, James A.
In: Way, C.; Soriano, G.; Limon, D. and Amador, C. eds. Enhancing the Erasmus Experience: Papers on Student Mobility (pp. 37-46)
ISBN : 8496101444 | Publisher : Atrio | Published : Granada


Fremdsprachen aus der Ferne: die britische Open University (2006)
Coleman, James A.
In: Jung, Udo O.H. ed. Praktische Handreichung für Fremdsprachenlehrer. Bayreuther Beiträge zur Glottodidaktik (2) (pp. 516-521)
ISBN : 3631542518 | Publisher : Peter Lang | Published : Frankfurt am Main


Residence abroad (2005-11-10)
Coleman, James A.
In: Coleman, James A and Klapper, John eds. Effective learning and teaching in Modern Languages. Effective learning and teaching in higher education (pp. 126-132)
ISBN : 415346630 | Publisher : Routledge/Falmer


Research into language learning (2005-11-10)
Coleman, James A. and Klapper, John
In: Coleman, James A. and Klapper, John eds. Effective learning and teaching in Modern Languages. Effective learning and teaching in higher education (pp. 31-43)
ISBN : 415346630 | Publisher : Routledge/Falmer


The World as a classroom (2005-07-21)
Coleman, James A. and Baumann, Uwe
In: Hurd, Stella and Murphy, L. eds. Success with languages. Routledge Study Guides (pp. 140-160)
ISBN : 415368367 | Publisher : Routledge


Modern Languages as a university discipline (2005)
Coleman, James A.
In: Coleman, James A and Klapper, John eds. Effective learning and teaching in Modern Languages. Effective Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (pp. 3-9)
ISBN : 415346630 | Publisher : Routledge/Falmer


Where do our graduates go? Languages and careers (2005)
Coleman, James A.
In: Coleman, James A. and Klapper, John eds. Effective learning and teaching in Modern Languages. Effective Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (pp. 17-22)
ISBN : 415346630 | Publisher : Routledge/Falmer


Introduction (2005)
Coleman, James A and Klapper, John
In: Coleman, James A and Klapper, John eds. Effective learning and teaching in modern languages. Effective learning and teaching in higher education (xii-xiv)
ISBN : 415346630 | Publisher : Routledge/Falmer


Curriculum design (2005)
Coleman, James A. and Hauge, E.
In: Coleman, James A. and Klapper, John eds. Effective learning and teaching in modern languages. Effective learning and teaching in Higher Education (pp. 44-51)
ISBN : 415346630 | Publisher : Routledge/Falmer


Translating and interpreting (2005)
Coleman, James A. and Perez, I.
In: Coleman, James A. and Klapper, John eds. Effective learning and teaching in Modern Languages. Effective Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (pp. 108-113)
ISBN : 415346630 | Publisher : Routledge/Falmer


Research into practice. Quality assurance and the future of university language teaching (2003)
Coleman, James A.
In: Voss, B. and Stahlheber, E. eds. Fremdsprachenunterricht auf dem Prüfstand. Beiträge zur Fremdsprachenforschung (pp. 17-30)
ISBN : 3935543085 | Publisher : Pädagogischer Zeitschriftenverlag | Published : Berlin


Translating research into disseminated good practice: the case of student residence abroad (2002)
Coleman, James A.
In: Macdonald, R. and Wisdom, J. eds. Academic and educational development : research, evaluation and changing practice in higher education (pp. 87-98)
ISBN : 074943533X | Publisher : Kogan Page | Published : London, UK


Language learning and language testing at university level (2002)
Coleman, James A.; Grotjahn, Rudiger and Raatz, Ulrich
In: Coleman, James A.; Grotjahn, Rudiger and Raatz, Ulrich eds. University language learning and the C-Test (pp. 7-14)
ISBN : 3925453377 | Publisher : AKS-Verlag | Published : Bochum, Germany


The European Language Proficiency Survey: an overview of findings (2002)
Coleman, James A.
In: Coleman, James A.; Grotjahn, Rudiger and Raatz, Ulrich eds. University language learning and the C-Test (pp. 201-206)
ISBN : 3925453377 | Publisher : AKS-Verlag | Published : Bochum, Germany


What is 'Residence Abroad' for?: Intercultural competence and the linguistic, cultural, academic, personal and professional objectives of student residence abroad (2001-04)
Coleman, James A.
In: Di Napoli, Roberto; Polezzi, Loredana and King, Anny eds. Fuzzy boundaries?: Reflecting on modern languages and the Humanities (pp. 121-140)
ISBN : 1902031717 | Publisher : CiLT | Published : London


Residence abroad and university language learning (2001-01)
Coleman, James A.
In: Pürschel, Heiner; Raatz, Ulrich and Klein-Braley, Christine eds. Tests and translation and language testing: papers in memory of Christine Klein-Braley. Fremdsprachen in Lehre und Forschung (27) (pp. 137-168)
ISBN : 3925453334 | Publisher : AKS-Verlag | Published : Bochum, Germany


Representations de l’autre: impact d’un sejour prolonge a l’etranger (2001)
Coleman, James A.
In: Zarate, Geneviève ed. Langues, xénophobie, xénophilie dans une Europe multiculturelle (pp. 127-149)
ISBN : 2866184629 | Publisher : Collection nationale du reseau de documentation pedagogique | Published : Rouen, France


Lessons for the future: evaluating FDTL languages (2001)
Coleman, James A.
In: Coleman, James; Ferney, Derrik; Head, David and Rix, Rob eds. Language-learning futures: issues and strategies for modern languages provision in Higher Education (pp. 7-21)
ISBN : 1902031873 | Publisher : CILT Publications | Published : London, UK


Language learner attitudes and student residence abroad: new quantitative and qualitative insights (2001)
Coleman, James A.
In: Killick, D.; Parry, M. and Phipps, A. eds. Mapping the territory: the poetics and praxis of languages and intercultural communication (pp. 75-97)
Publisher : Glasgow University Publications in French and German | Published : Glasgow, UK


Introduction: university language teaching and learning in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries (2001)
Coleman, James A. and Head, David
In: Coleman, James A.; Ferney, Derrick; Head, David and Rix, Rob eds. Language-learning futures: issues and strategies for modern languages provision in higher education (pp. 1-6)
ISBN : 1902031873 | Publisher : CILT | Published : London, UK


Preparing for residence abroad: staff development implications (2001)
Coleman, James A. and Parker, Linda
In: Klapper, John ed. Teaching languages in higher education: issues in training and continuing professional development (pp. 134-162)
ISBN : 1902031857 | Publisher : CILT | Published : London


Effective learning and teaching in Modern Languages (2005-11-10)
Coleman, James A. and Klapper, John eds.
Effective Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
ISBN : 9780415346634 | Publisher : Routledge/Falmer


University language learning and the C-Test (2002)
Coleman, James A.; Grotjahn, Rüdiger and Raatz, Ulrich eds.
ISBN : 3925453377 | Publisher : AKS-Verlag | Published : Bochum, Germany


Language-learning futures: issues and strategies for modern languages provision in higher education (2001)
Coleman, James A.; Ferney, Derrik; Head, David and Rix, Rob eds.
ISBN : 1902031873 | Publisher : CiLT in association with the SCHML | Published : London, UK