Congratulations to our CReLLU PhD students

Posted on 25 June 2019

Our Centre for Research in Language Learning and Use (CReLLU) students, Tasnima Aktar and Qingyang Sun successfully defended their PhD theses and met the requirements for their awards.

Tasmima Aktar's award of Doctor of Philosophy in Education was approved by the Standing Committee on Assessment on 20 June 2019 for. Her research topic focused on 'A holistic metacognitive approach to EFL listening and towards a model of a 'good' listener: a mixed-methods study'. Tasnima was supervised by Dr Cylcia Bolibaugh.

Qingyang Sun's award of Doctor of Philosophy in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages was approved by the Standing Committee on Assessment on 25 June 2019 for. Her research topic focused on 'Chinese students’ experience of using sources and citations in their one-year taught Master’s programmes in a UK university'. Qingyang was supervised by Dr Bill Soden

Recently defended PhD theses

Stephen Gow successfully defended his PhD theses and met the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy in Education. The award was approved by the Standing Committee on Assessment on 24 May 2019. His research topic focused on 'Epistemological Obstacles to Academic Integrity: Mainland Chinese students’ perceptions of studying in the UK through the Habermasian Lens'. Stephen was supervised by Dr John Issitt.

Ping Wang successfully defended her PhD theses and met the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy in Education. The award was approved by the Standing Committee on Assessment on 24 May 2019. Her research topic focused on 'Logic and Coherence in Academic Discourse: Cross Cultural and Linguistic Challenges for Mandarin Chinese Speakers'. Ping was supervised by Professor Leah Roberts.

Waad Alzahrani successfully defended her PhD theses and met the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy in Education. The award was approved by the Standing Committee on Assessment on 22 May 2019. Her research topic focused on 'Investigating L1 Arabic EFL Learners' Interactional and Attentional Processes in Text and Voice Task-based Synchronous Computer-Mediated Communication'. Waad was supervised by Dr Zoe Handley.

Najihah Mahmud successfully defended her PhD theses and met the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy in Education. The award was approved by the Standing Committee on Assessment on 26 April 2019. Her research topic focused on 'Investigating the Washback Effect of the MUET as a University Entry Test on Students in Malaysia'. Najihah was supervised by Dr Khaled El Ebrary.

Veronica Garcia Castro successfully defended her PhD thesis and met the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy in Education. The award was approved by the Standing Committee on Assessment on 22 March 2019. Her research topic focused on 'Incidental Learning of Novel Words in Adult Spanish Learners of English as a Second Language: Measures of Lexical Configuration and Lexical Engagement and the Effects of Learners’ Individual Differences'. Veronica was supervised by Professor Leah Roberts and Dr Cylcia Bolibaugh.

Keita Takashima successfully defended his PhD thesis and met the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy in Education. The award was approved by the Standing Committee on Assessment on 22 March 2019. His research topic focused on 'Language Socialisation of Young Children: A Case of English Immersion Nursery School in Japan'. Keita was supervised by Dr Nadia Mifka-Profozic.

Mahmood Ali successfully defended his PhD thesis and met the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy in Education. The award was approved by the Standing Committee on Assessment on 8 March 2019. His research topic focused on 'Devolving decision-making to private schools of the Sultanate of Oman: a practical exploration of challenges and potentials'. Mahmood was supervised by Dr John Issitt.

Richard Ouma successfully defended his PhD thesis and met the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy in Education. The award was approved by the Standing Committee on Assessment on 1 March 2019. His research topic focused on 'Managing and delivering learner support for Ugandan in-service teachers: incorporating workplace and university support systems'. Richard was supervised by Dr John Issitt.

Ali Hakami successfully defended his PhD thesis and met the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Linguistics. The award was approved by the Standing Committee on Assessment on 22 February 2019. His research topic focused on 'Self-selected strategies of L2 learners: Effects on immediate and delayed word retention in intentional and incidental vocabulary acquisition'. Ali was supervised by Professor Leah Roberts.

Siti Saidi successfully defended her PhD thesis and met the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy in Education. The award was approved by the Standing Committee on Assessment on 4 January 2019. Her research topic focused on 'Willingness to communicate in English among Malaysian undergraduates on campus: An identity-based motivation perspective'. Siti was supervised by Dr Cylcia Bolibaugh.

Jirada Suntornsawet successfully defended her PhD thesis and met the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy in Education. The award was approved by the Standing Committee on Assessment on 16 November 2018. Her research topic focused on 'The intelligibility of Thai-accented English pronunciation to native speakers and non-native speakers of English'. Jirada was supervised by Dr Ursula Lanvers.

Viateur Ndayishimiye successfully defended his PhD thesis and met the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy in Education. The award was approved by the Standing Committee on Assessment on 9 November 2018. His research topic focused on 'Classroom-based assessment and its relationship with students’ self-efficacy: The case of English language learning in Rwandan lower secondary schools '. Viateur was supervised by Dr Bill Soden.