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Dr Muna Morris-Adams

Lecturer

Dr Muna Morris-Adams

I worked as a translator and social worker before starting to teach German, English and women’s self-defence. My connection with Aston goes back to 1987 when I did the very first Certificate in TEFL course run by the then Language Studies Unit. The following year I started teaching on EAP courses, and went from there to get involved with the expansion of EAP/ESP short course provision, as well as distance learning and on-campus teacher training courses.

  • B. Soc.Sc. Birmingham University
  • Dip. TFLA Edinburgh University
  • Institute of Linguists Diploma (German)
  • MSc in TESOL Aston University
  • IELTS examiner
  • PhD Applied Linguistics (Aston University)
  • Course Director for the Certificate in Advanced Studies in ELT (distance learning for experienced teachers)
  • PhD supervision


Undergraduate Modules

  • LE1087 Academic Communication Skills
  • LE3022 Spoken Discourse Analysis
  • LE3006 Dissertation
  • LE3014 Dissertation (Single Honours)
  • LE3018 Practical Approaches to Teaching and Learning


Postgraduate Modules

  • LEM008 English Teaching Practice
  • LEM016 Methodology
  • LEM047 Theorising Practice
  • LRM001 Research Methods

 

  • Language teaching methodology
  • Teacher education
  • Teaching speaking skills
  • Classroom interaction
  • Analysis of discourse
  • Member of BAAL, IATEFL and CLERA
  • From Spanish paintings to murder: Topic transitions in casual conversations between native and non-native speakers of English in Journal of Pragmatics, (in Press) available online Dec. 2013.               

  • Topic continuation in informal conversations between native and non-native speakers of English, Multilingua 2013, 32 (3), pp. 321-342.

  • Going outside the classroom in Garton, S. & Richards, K. (eds.) 2008 Professional Encounters in TESOL: Discourses of Teachers in Teaching Palgrave Macmillan

  • Pair work – talking in turn or turn-taking? in Pulverness, A (2004) 2003 Brighton Conference Selections

  • Conversational mentoring in distance learning ( with N. Hooton) in Gollin J, Ferguson G and Trappes-Lomax, H (2003) Symposium for Language Teacher Educators IALS, University of Edinburgh

  • JALT, Kobe, Japan, Oct. 2013: The interpersonal dimension of language learning and Learner anecdotes

  • Topics and conversation . CamTESOL conference, Cambodia. 2013

  • It’s good to talk.  Featured presenter at KOTESOL International Conference, Seoul, 2011

  • How’s it going? Conversational competence in intercultural encounters, TESOL Spain 2010

  • Task-based learning and teaching: opportunities and challenges. Plenary talk ELT conference, Cuba 2010

  • 'But anyway...' Topic management in native-speaker/non-native-speaker conversations China: 5th International Conference on ELT in China 2007

  • Dealing with misunderstandings: lessons from native-speaker/non-native-speaker conversations Japan: JALT 2007

  • Responses to feedback in a distance learning context TESOL Greece 2006

  • Reflections on the relevance and outcomes of a Communication Skills course for 1st year undergraduates University of Luton : Symposium on Academic Communication Skills 2004

Room: NW 916
Phone: 0121 204 3780
Email: m.m.adams@aston.ac.uk 

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