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Cardiff University, School of English, Communication and Philosophy - ESRC Wales Collaborative PhD award

Cardiff University - Cardiff University School of English, Communication and Philosophy

Qualification Type: PhD, Integrated Masters / Doctorate
Location: Cardiff
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: The studentship covers tuition fees as well as a maintenance grant (currently £15,609 p.a. for 2021/22 Full-Time)
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Placed On: 22nd December 2021
Closes: 4th February 2022

The School of English, Communication and Philosophy at Cardiff University, supported by the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership for Wales (Wales DTP), in collaboration with project partner the English-Speaking Union (ESU), invites applications from exceptional candidates for a fully-funded ESRC DTP collaborative PhD studentship to commence in October 2022.

Project: Teacher training in oracy and vocabulary development in primary schools in Wales

Supervisors: Dr Lise Fontaine (fontainel@cardiff.ac.uk) and Dr Sara M. Pons-Sanz (pons-sanzs@cardiff.ac.uk)

This project aims to explore how teachers’ and pupils’ vocabulary metalinguistic knowledge contributes to oracy development as part of pupils’ communicative repertoire across the curriculum. The timeliness of this work arises, on the one hand, from the fact that the new Curriculum for Wales places oracy, and literacy more broadly, at the core of its pedagogical agenda, as one of the cross-curricular skills that must be developed in every subject; significantly, this includes the discussion of the origin and use of technical vocabulary. On the other hand, the Covid-19 pandemic has revealed a gap in oracy skills between pupils of different socioeconomic backgrounds and a need to improve this area of the curriculum urgently, given the significance of oracy for cognitive and communicative processes in general, and lexical development in particular.

With input and support from ESU, teachers and Welsh Government, the candidate will develop a professional learning programme for teachers to help them engage their pupils in dialogic learning as a way of enabling the latter to broaden their understanding and spoken use of academic vocabulary (both general and technical terms). Since the curriculum emphasises awareness of word origins, etymology will be a key area of the project’s lexical research. However, given the broad scope of the research question, the candidate will have the ability to further shape the project in relation to other areas of linguistic enquiry: e.g. multilingualism and lexico-semantics (differences/similarities in the semantic spaces of near-synonymous words in different languages, given the curriculum’s emphasis in the children’s full linguistic repertoire); social perspectives on language use (in a systemic functional linguistic, SFL, framework); the role of vocabulary in argument development and cohesion (also in an SFL framework), etc. 

Eligibility

The 1+3 studentship provides funding for four years, completing the MA in Language and Communication Research in year one with progression to the 3-year PhD. The award covers tuition fees and maintenance grant and includes access to a Research Training Support Grant and internship opportunities.

Candidates should hold a 1st or strong 2.1 degree in English language, linguistics or the social sciences more broadly. Applications from those also holding a relevant research training Master’s degree (or equivalent background in research training) will be considered for a +3 award. Full awards (fees plus stipend) are open to UK Nationals and international students who can satisfy studentship eligibility requirements.

We are also offering ESRC general studentships as part of the ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Partnership Linguistics Pathway.

Informal enquiries are encouraged and should be addressed to Drs Lise Fontaine (fontainel@cardiff.ac.uk)  and Dr Sara M. Pons-Sanz (pons-sanzs@cardiff.ac.uk).

For information on the application process please contact encap-pgadmissions@cardiff.ac.uk.

Application deadline: 12 noon (GMT) on 4 February 2022

Mae'r rhaglen hon ar gael drwy gyfrwng y Saesneg yn unig. I wneud cais am wybodaeth yn Gymraeg, cysylltwch â'r encap-pg@cardiff.ac.uk.

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