Dr Sue Garton

Director of Postgraduate Programmes in English / Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics

Sue Garton

I joined Aston University as a Teaching Fellow in 2000. Prior to this, I lived in Bologna, Italy and worked at the Universities of Parma and of Modena and Reggio Emilia where I taught academic English to students from a range of faculties, including economics, psychology, pharmacy and agricultural science.

I am an active member of the International TESOL Association and am currently Chair of the Standing Committee for Research. I am also a member of the Research Task Force, charged with identifying the agenda for TESOL research both within the association and the wider field.

My research interests are in the areas of language teacher education, particularly teacher beliefs, classroom discourse and language-in-education policy and its implementation. Together with Keith Richards (Warwick University), I am series editor of a major new book series called International Perspectives on ELT published by Palgrave Macmillan. The first volume, on motivation (edited by Ema Ushioda), was published in 2013. Volumes on ELT materials and teaching English to young learners are in press while future titles will include classroom research, teacher education, English as a lingua franca and classroom interaction.

  • PhD Applied Linguistics (University of Aston)
  • MSc Teaching English (University of Aston)
  • BA Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures (University of Bologna)
  • BA European Studies (University of Hull)
  • PhD supervision 

Undergraduate Modules

  • LE2012/LE2055 Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Postgraduate Modules

  • LEM063 Foundations in TESOL
  • LEM064 Foundations in TESP
  • LEM065 Foundations in EMT
  • LEM066 Foundations in TEYL
  • LEM067 Research Methods in ELT
  • LRM033 Dissertation
  • Classroom interaction
  • Teacher beliefs and language teaching 
  • Teacher education and development
  • Policy and practice issues in TESOL

  • Garton, S. (2014). Unresolved issues and new challenges in teaching English to young learners: the case of South Korea. Current Issues in Language Planning15(2), 201-219.
  • Copland, F., & Garton, S. (2014). Key themes and future directions in teaching English to young learners: introduction to the Special Issue. ELT Journal68(3), 223-230.
  • Garton, S., & Graves, K. (2014a). Identifying a Research Agenda for Language Teaching Materials. The Modern Language Journal98(2), 654-657.
  • Garton, S., & Graves, K. (Eds.) (2014b). International Perspectives on Materials in ELT. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Copland, F., Garton, S., & Burns, A. (2013). Challenges in teaching English to young learners: Global perspectives and local realities. TESOL Quarterly.
  • Garton, S. (2012). Speaking out of turn? Taking the initiative in teacher-fronted classroom interaction. Classroom Discourse3(1), 29-45.
  • Copland, F., & Garton, S. (2012). Life after online learning. In England, L. (ed.) Online Language Teacher Education: TESOL Perspectives. New York: Routledge.
  • Copland, F. and Garton, S. with Davis M. (2012). Crazy Animals and Other Activities for Teaching Young Learners.  London: British Council
  • Garton, S., & Edge, J. (2012). Why be an online learner in TESOL. In England, L. (ed). Online Language Teacher Education: TESOL perspectives. New York: Routledge. 9-21.
  • Copland, F. and Garton, S.  (2011).  ‘I felt that I do live in the UK now’: international students’ self-reports of their English language speaking experiences on a pre-sessional programme.  Language and Education 25/3:241-255
  • Garton, S. and Copland, F. (2010). ‘I like this interview; I get cakes and cats!’: the effects of prior relationships on interview talk.’ Qualitative Research 10/5:533-551
  • Edge, J. and Garton S. (2009). From Experience to Knowledge in ELT. Oxford: Oxford University Press 
  • Garton, S. and  Richards, K (eds). (2008) Professional Encounters in TESOL: Discourses of Teachers in Teaching. Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan. 
  • Transitions between Primary and Secondary School (2012-2013) British Council ELT Research Award. With Professor Anne Burns (PI), Dr Muna Morris Adams and Dr Fiona Copland.

  • Activities for Teaching Young Learners (2011)  British Council ELT Research Award. With Dr Fiona Copland and Professor Anne Burns.

  • Taking Steps towards CLIL (2010-2011). LinkedUp Awards Scheme. With Dr Fiona Copland

  • Investigating Global practices in teaching English to Young Learners (2010) British Council ELT Research Award (PI). With Dr Fiona Copland and Professor Anne Burns.

  • Chair of the TESOL Standing Committee for Research
  • Member of the International TESOL Association Research Task Force
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the Editorial Advisory Panel, ELT Journal

  • Member of the British Association of Applied Linguistics (BAAL)

  • Member of IATEFL

Room: NW 918 
Phone: 0121 204 3806
Email: s.garton@aston.ac.uk 
Fax: 0121 204 3766

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