My profile

I am Professor of Modern Languages and Linguistics at the Open University, UK. (Until 2015 I was Professor of Applied Linguistics at CRELLA, the University of Bedfordshire in the UK.)

You can see more about my professional work on the university website and also below. but this website is mainly about my academic interests outside work, including Researching reading with eye-tracking, and researching the Voynich manuscript.

  • International Distinguished Researcher award, TESOL, USA, Portland Oregon 2014
  • Invited member of the British Council’s national English Language Advisory Group
  • Invited member on Foreign Office panel in Whitehall, 2013, in the triennial review of the British Council
  • Panellist for System journal
  • Awarded the Elsevier prize for article in the journal System entitled ‘CALL, Past, Present and Future’, 2003
  • Elected member of national committee of BATQI (British Association of TESOL Qualifying Institutions) 1998-2001

Publications: Books and monographs

2013 Researching Intertextual Reading Peter Lang
2011 Discourse and Genre. Palgrave Macmillan
2010 Researching English Bilingual Education in Thailand, Indonesia and South Korea Research monograph, London: British Council ISBN: 978-086355-645-6

Publications: Recent research articles

  • 2013  ‘The cognitive processing of candidates during reading tests: Evidence from eye-tracking’ Language Testing October 2013, 30 no. 4 441-465
  • 2013  Readers’ cognitive processes during IELTS reading tests: evidence from eye tracking (Research Report, British Council ELTRA)
  • 2013  Evidence from eye tracking concerning the cognitive processing of readers completing onscreen IELTS reading test items. (IELTS Research Awards final report)
  • 2012  Cognitive Processing of Candidates during reading tests: summary evidence from two eye-tracking projects, in Selected Papers from the 21st International Symposium on English Teaching, Taipei, Taiwan, November 2012, pp 1-14
  • 2012 Bax, S. and C. Weir (2012) Investigating learners’ cognitive processes during a computer-based CAE Reading test, Cambridge ESOL : Research Notes : Issue A7 / February 2012, pp3-142011
  • 2011 “Normalisation Revisited: The Effective Use of Technology in Language Education”  International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching, 1(2), 1-15, April-June 2011
  • 2011 “Digital Education: Beyond the “Wow” Factor” chapter in Digital Education: Opportunities for Social Collaboration ed. M. Thomas2011, Palgrave Macmillan.
  • 2010 ‘Magic Wand or Museum Piece? The Future of the Interactive Whiteboard in Education in Thomas, M & E. Cutrim Schmid (eds.) Interactive Whiteboards for Education: Theory, Research and Practice Pennsylvania: Global IGI
  • 2009    with M. Pegrum ‘I wasn’t invited to the party’: Lurking in multicultural online educational forums In Ragusa, A. (forthcoming)  Interaction in Communication Technologies & Virtual Learning Environments: Human Factors IGA Global, chapter 10, pp145-159
  • 2009    CALL – Past, present and future. In Howard, P. (2009) (ed.) Computer Assisted Language Learning: Critical Concepts in Linguistics (New York and London: Routledge), Chapter 5, pp. 117-133, in Volume I: Foundations of CALL.

 Posts held

2012-present Professor in Applied Linguistics, CRELLA, University of Bedfordshire   

2009-2012 Reader in English Language, Learning, Assessment and Technology, CRELLA, University of Bedfordshire

1993-2009 Principal anmd Senior Lecturer, Applied Linguistics, Dept. of English and Language Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University

1991-2 Edinburgh University, Institute for Applied Language Studies.

 

Education and relevant qualifications

PhD University of Kent. Title: Researching intertextual reference and intertextual reading

MLitt Applied Linguistics, University of Edinburgh (An MLitt is the Scottish equivalent of MPhil)

MSc Applied Linguistics, University of Edinburgh

MIL Formerly Member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists – specialising in Arabic

Final Diploma in Arabic,  The Institute of Linguists

PGCE (TEFL/TESL)  University of North Wales, Bangor,

BA (Hons) English, University of Cambridge, Peterhouse

 

 

 

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