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Prof Pauline Foster

Professor - Applied Linguistics

Prof Pauline Foster

Tel: 020 8240 4157

About Media


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.

In the news

Arts and Humanities Research Seminar Series at St Mary’s

The School of Arts and Humanities at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, is to host a series of Research Seminars over the coming months. Find out more...

St Mary's Hosts PhD Student Language Conference

PhD students across London recently attended the London Second Language Acquisition Research Forum student conference at St Mary's University, Twickenham. Find out more...

St Mary’s Academic Delivers Guest Lecture at Adam Mickiewicz University

Pauline Foster at St Mary’s University, Twickenham delivered an Applied Linguistics guest lecture at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland. Find out more...

Second Language Acquisition Research Forum Launched at St Mary’s

A new Second Language Acquisition collaborative research group has launched its inaugural colloquium at St Mary’s University, Twickenham. Find out more...

St Mary’s Showcases Research Excellence

St Mary’s University College is presenting a selection of the work of the Research Fellows appointed in the School since 2012 during a celebratory evening Find out more...

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