Congratulations to our CReLLU PhD students

Posted on 30 April 2019

Our Centre for Research in Language Learning and Use (CReLLU) student, Najihah Mahmud defended her PhD theses and met the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy in Education.

Najihah Mahmud's 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.

Recently defended PhD theses

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.