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Prof Pauline Foster

Professor - Applied Linguistics

Pauline Foster holds a BA in English and Education, an MA in Linguistics and Education and a PhD in Applied Linguistics. She teaches a range of courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including first and second language acquisition, the history of English and the nature of language. At PhD level, Pauline welcomes students interested in task-based, interactive and cognitive approaches to second language acquisition. 

Pauline has published extensively on her specialisms of task-based language learning, classroom interaction, formulaic language and research methodology, and was promoted to Professor of Applied Linguistics for her internationally respected contribution to the understanding of second language learning and methodological tools in spoken discourse analysis.

Her blog, Bad Linguistics, confronts the woeful misconceptions of language that abound in the media, from gloomy predictions of the end of English to deluded claims of talking prairie dogs.