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Dr Sue Garton

Director of Postgraduate Programmes in English / Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics (TESOL)

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 
  • Foundation Module on the MSc in TESOL/TESP/EMT/TEYL 
  • Approaches to Course and Materials Design on the MA in TESOL Studies/ MA in TESOL and Translation Studies/MA Applied Linguistics 
  • TESOL and Computer-Mediated Communication on the BSc in English
  • Classroom interaction
  • Teacher beliefs and language teaching 
  • Teacher education and development
  • Policy and practice issues in TESOL

  • I am joint series editor, with Keith Richards, of a new series called International Perspectives on ELT, published by Palgrave Macmillan. The series was launched in 2013 with the volume  International Perspectives on Motivation edited by Ema Ushioda. Two volumes are currently in press: International perspectives in Materials and and International Perspectives in TEYL. I am co-editing the volume on Materials with Kathleen Graves.      
  • Copland, F and Garton, S. 2012. Life after on-line learning. In England, L. (Ed.) Online Language Teacher Education:  TESOL Perspectives. New York: Routledge.
  • 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.
  • Edge, J. and Garton, S. 2009. From Experience to Knowledge in ELT. Oxford:Oxford University Press.
  • Garton, S., Copland, F. and Burns, A. 2011. Investigating Global Practices in Teaching English for Young Learners: Project Report. British Council. http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/sites/teacheng/files/B094%20FINAL%20Aston%20University%20A4%20report_2column_V3.pdf.
  • Garton, S. 2009. Investigating EFL teacher beliefs about teaching and learning. IATEFL Research News (23). pp. 10-13.
  • Garton S.  2008. Teacher beliefs and interaction in the language classroom. In  Garton S. and Richards, K (eds). Professional Encounters in TESOL: Discourses of  Teachers in Teaching. Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan.
  • 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.
  • Garton, S. and Edge, J. 2012. Why be an online learner in TESOL? In England, L. (ed.) Online Language Teacher Education:  TESOL Perspectives. New York: Routledge.
  • Garton, S. and Richards, K (eds). 2008. Professional Encounters in TESOL: Discourses of Teachers in Teaching. Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Garton S. and Richards, K. 2007. Is distance education for teacher second best? The Teacher Trainer 21/3:5-8.
  • 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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