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Jessica Sampurna

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Professional biography

I am a full-time doctoral research student in the Faculty of Education and Language Studies. My study, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, is preliminarily entitled: Investigating the pedagogical value of social networking sites on language teaching and learning. It aims to explore whether social networking sites can be used to support informal language learning in the Indonesian context, and if so, how. Combining the ubiquity of social media with language education has the potential to provide unprecedented opportunity to reach a more diversified group of learners, especially those currently restricted by financial, geographical or other constraints.

My MA dissertation at the University of Leicester was entitled: Peer review in Vietnamese classrooms: Assessing learners’ perceptions and the use of peer feedback in their revisions. The study was inspired by my observation of how some learners in my class viewed peer feedback negatively as opposed to teachers’ feedback. This has subsequently sparked my interest in collaborative language learning amongst non-native speakers, which will be further explored in my doctoral research. 

Research interests

I am always intrigued to learn more about languages, education, technology, and collaborative learning. 

Teaching interests

General English, English for Academic Purposes, Discourse Analysis, Pragmatics

I am comfortable working with learners from different age groups, backgrounds and proficiency levels. I have  ten years' experience in teaching General English and English for Academic Purposes at various schools, language centres and universities:

  • EAP Teacher – School of Foundation and English Language Studies, BPP University, UK
  • EAP Teacher – English Language Centre, Durham University, UK
  • EFL Teacher – International Community School, UK
  • IELTS Teacher – Study Group, Istituto Marangoni, UK
  • EAP Teacher – Study Group, Lancaster University, UK
  • EFL Teacher – Australian Centre for Education and Training, Vietnam
  • EFL Teacher – Universitas Ciputra, Indonesia
  • EFL Teacher – Surabaya Cambridge School, Indonesia


Exploring Learners' and Teacher's Participation in Online Non-Formal Project-Based Language Learning (2018-07)
Sampurna, Jessica; Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes and Stickler, Ursula
International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching (IJCALLT), 8(3) (pp. 73-90)