Staff research interests
Dr Joan Cutting
Programme Director: TESOL / Senior Lecturer
Education, Teaching and Leadership (ETL)
Tel: +44 (0)131 651 6324
Location: Charteris Land
I began my teaching career in Havana, Cuba, where I taught Business English and ran a TEFL Masters programme for English teachers in the medical schools, for 13 years. I returned to the UK in 1990 and taught English for Academic Purposes and MA TESOL in the University of Sunderland. I now teach on the University of Edinburgh's MEd TESOL and MSc Education: Language. I have undertaken consultancy in Russia (Cherepovets), mainland China (Beijing, Changchun, Chongqin, Guangzhou, Hefei, Nanjing, Nanning, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Tianjin and Zhejiang) and Hong Kong. I was Meetings Secretary for the British Association for Applied Linguistics 2004-07.
- University of Birmingham, BA Hons French Language and Literature, Italian
- Trinity College Licentiate Diploma Teaching of English as a Foreign Language
- University of Edinburgh, MSc Applied Linguistics
- University of Edinburgh, PhD in Applied Linguistics: 'MSc common room casual conversations: a lexico-grammatical longitudinal study of a discourse community in formation'
I analyse naturally-occurring spoken and written language, using corpus linguistics, and suggest applications to TEFL and teacher training. My main interests are:
- Vague language (e.g. 'do', 'thing', 'and all that') and its social function
- International student interactions in UK university tutorials
Other interests include:
- In-group code of academic discourse communities
- The language of conferences - questions from the floor; abstracts
- Airport groundstaff spoken grammar and vocabulary
I am keen to supervise research under the headings above. I currently supervise students in the following areas:
- Airport English in China: raising awareness of politeness strategies
- English vague language used by Japanese learners of English
- Perceptions of the effectiveness of teaching Law courses in English in Italy
- Code-Switching in English Language Classrooms in Saudi Arabia
- Teachers' and Students' Views of Using Arabic in EFL Classrooms at a University in Saudi Arabia.
- Professional identity and English language teachers in China
Projects supervised by Dr Joan Cutting
Current and recent research
- Second-language Competency for Technicians in Industry (Lang2Tech) Leonardo da Vinci Transfer of Innovation, European Commission 2012-14.
- Corpus analysis of written feedback given by tutors and classroom teachers to students on school placement, University of Edinburgh 2013.
- ‘Dingsbums and dong dong: vague language across cultures’, University of Edinburgh 2013.
- The compilation of the EDASE (Edinburgh Academic Spoken English) Corpus with Dr Brona Murphy, University of Edinburgh, Ongoing.
- A TEMPUS staff exchange project with Karlsruhe Education University, Germany.
- The organisation, with Dr Brona Murphy, of the 2010 Inter-Varietal Corpus Studies (IVACS) Conference, The University of Edinburgh, 18-19 June 2010
- The organisation of the Annual 2009 Inter-Varietal Corpus Studies (IVACS) Symposium, held at Moray House, The University of Edinburgh
- The organisation of a seminar of the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL) and Cambridge University Press entitled 'Academic Language Corpora and Education' (ALCE), The University of Edinburgh
- Scottish Council for Research in Education: 'Institutional Support for Overseas Students'
- European Commission Leonardo Languages Competences: 'ELSY: Devising a Multi-media Airport Syllabus for Young People who are Unemployed and Under-qualified'
- European Commission Leonardo Mobility: 'English for Tourism and Catering'
- European Commission Leonardo Mobility: 'Airport English'
- The University of Edinburgh Development Trust fund. 'Conference abstracts'
- The University of Edinburgh RAE Enhancement fund. 'Chinese students' needs in the UK'
Publications list for Dr Joan Cutting
This article was published on Oct 25, 2011