Research course

Language and Policy

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

Language and policy is a key topic in the Language and Literacies Research Cluster within the Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET). English has become the lingua franca of academic and commercial life across the entire world. What are the implications of this for individuals and organisations who find themselves increasingly obliged to operate in English? What new theories and methodologies might be needed to explore how language and policy interconnect?

Potential research projects

  • Language and language policy
  • World Englishes
  • The impact of Englishisation on academic development
  • Attitudes shaping foreign language policy in the UK
  • English and the internationalisation of higher education

Current/recent research projects

  • Englishisation of higher education: policy and practice
  • Second language acquisition in primary school
  • An analysis of designing a speaking test for the Secondary School Certificate examination in Bangladesh
  • Englishisation and writing for academic publication
  • Linguistic policy and practice in call centres

Potential supervisors

Department specialisms

- Language and language policy - World Englishes - The impact of Englishisation on academic development - Attitudes shaping foreign language policy in the UK - English and the internationalisation of higher education

Fees and funding

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

Qualification and course duration

PhD

part time
72 months
full time
48 months

EdD

part time
42 months

Course contact details

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