Research course

Language and creativity

Institution
Open University · Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies
Qualifications
PhDEdD

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent)

Months of entry

October

Course content

A key area of research within the Language and Literacies Research Cluster is creativity in everyday language use. Projects include children’s language use, children’s imaginative storytelling, the use of hashtags online, identity performance, creativity in metaphor and the role of humour in different walks of life. Recent research in this area, carried out in collaboration with the Education Futures Research Cluster, also looks at extracurricular reading in school.

Potential research projects

  • Language and everyday creativity
  • Language and identity
  • Language, globalisation and multilingualism
  • Language of advertising
  • Literary reading and reception
  • Children’s construction of language and identity
  • The language and practice of humour
  • Narratives in social media

Current/recent research projects

  • Playful language in a mixed business class of English language learners
  • Western influences on tertiary education in China
  • Chinese students’ understanding of humour in British university lectures
  • Language of print advertising in Ghana
  • The use of hashtags in social media
  • First language use in primary school English classes in Cyprus
  • Children’s role-play language in UK reception class
  • Conversational humour in online health support groups
  • Metaphor in fiction and life-writing

Potential supervisors

Department specialisms

- Language and everyday creativity - Language and identity - Language, globalisation and multilingualism - Language of advertising - Literary reading and reception - Children’s construction of language and identity - The language and practice of humour - Narratives in social media

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website http://www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/research-degrees/fees-and-funding for more information.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

distance learning
variable months
part time
72 months
full time
36 months

EdD

part time
36 months

Course contact details

Name
Mrs Anne Foward
Email
creet-student-enquiries@open.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1908 655364