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Research degrees
Research areas
Languages and applied linguistics
Online and distance language teaching and learning

Online and distance language teaching and learning

Qualifications Duration Start dates Application period
PhD or Professional doctorate PhD:
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
Professional doctorate:
Part time: 4–8 years
October November to January
Qualifications
PhD or Professional doctorate
Duration
PhD:
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
Professional doctorate:
Part time: 4–8 years
Start dates
October
Application period
November to January

Language learning is a key topic in the Language and Literacies Research Cluster. In today’s globalised world, language learning and teaching is of increasing importance. In this area, a range of methodologies are applied to researching the teaching and learning of languages including the use of large multimodal corpora, sociocultural approaches and digitally mediated communication. Key projects include: developing online teaching skills and telecollaboration in Higher Education, effective e-feedback, the use of social media, and eyetracking (a technology recording the gaze focus of learners during online tasks to establish attention focus and learning strategies).

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent) and an MA or research methods training at MA level (or equivalent). If you are not a UK citizen, you may need to prove your knowledge of English.

Potential research projects

  • The application of new technologies to language learning and teaching
  • The professional development of language teachers
  • Translation and first language use in language teaching
  • Language learner and teacher identity/identities
  • Multilingualism and third-language learning
  • Independent language learning and learner autonomy
  • Culture and language learning
  • Interaction and collaboration in language learning
  • Task design
  • Assessment, feedback and self-assessment
  • The role of emotions in speaking online
  • Strategies in language learning
  • Multimodal analysis of online language learning interactions

Current/recent research projects

  • A study of an online reading group: English language teachers’ perceptions of the roles of reading and discussing literature in English in the construction of their professional identity
  • Impact on the knowledge construction process of multimodal online interactions in audiographic conferencing systems: the case of adult distance learners of French
  • Emotion in online distance language learning: learners’ appraisal of regret and pride in synchronous audiographic conferencing
  • Social presence in online multimodal communication: a framework to analyse online interactions between language learners
  • Living Latin: exploring a communicative approach to Latin teaching through a sociocultural perspective on language learning
  • Living Latin: exploring a communicative approach to Latin teaching through a sociocultural perspective on language learning
  • Exploring the impact of individual and collaborative reflection on novice EFL teacher professional development in Senegal
  • Negotiation for Meaning Routines in Audio SCMC Interactions

Potential supervisors

Fees and funding

PhD fees

UK fee International fee
Full time: £4,500 per year Full time: £11,426 per year
Part time: £2,250 per year Part time: £5,715 per year

Professional doctorate fees

UK fee International fee
Part time: £3,427 per year Part time: £8,702 per year

Some of our research students are funded via the Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership or The Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership; others are self-funded.

For detailed information about fees and funding, and to see current funded studentship vacancies across all research areas, visit Fees and studentships.

Links

Man taking an online learning lesson
 

How to apply

Get in touch

If you have an enquiry specific to this research topic, please contact:

Dr Inma Álvarez, Director of Postgraduate Research Studies
Email: WELS-student-enquiries@open.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1908 659169

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If you’re interested in applying for this research topic, please take a look at the application process.