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Tue Sep 13 2011

FYI: Cambridge/Language Teaching Brumfit Award 2010

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Message 1: Cambridge/Language Teaching Brumfit Award 2010
Date: 13-Sep-2011
From: Melissa Good <mgoodcambridge.org>
Subject: Cambridge/Language Teaching Brumfit Award 2010
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Christopher Brumfit Ph.D./Ed.D. Thesis Award 2010

Sponsored by Cambridge University Press and promoted by
Language Teaching

The Editor and Board of Language Teaching are pleased to announce
that the recipient of the 2010 Christopher Brumfit thesis award is Dr
Susan Mary Macqueen.

Dr Macqueen’s Ph.D. thesis, entitled 'The emergence of patterns in
second language writing', was selected by an external panel of judges
based on its significance to the fields of second language acquisition,
second or foreign language learning and teaching, and its originality,
creativity and quality of presentation. Drawing upon a convergence of
sociocultural theory and linguistic emergentism, it reports on a long-
term investigation of the development of four ESL users’ written
lexicogrammatical patterning. A qualitative methodology (Lexical Trail
Analysis) was developed in order to capture a dynamic and historical
view of the ways in which the participants combined words.

The external referees remarked of the thesis that it represented ‘a
fascinating qualitative and longitudinal study of lexical development.
The objective is to highlight the psychological, rather than the linguistic,
aspects of lexical pattern acquisition, which is novel in its holistic
approach to the process as a complex and socially situated act. While
the study has important implications for the field of lexical acquisition, it
is equally relevant for the field at large, as it is able to bring together
compatible theories (emergentism/ecological theories and sociocultural
theory) while illustrating in great detail the profound complexity and
interplay of the social and cognitive realms of second language
acquisition’.

Dr Macqueen completed her dissertation at the University of
Melbourne, Australia under the supervision of Professor Gillian
Wigglesworth.

This year’s runner-up was Dr Justina Ong. Dr Ong’s Ph.D. thesis,
'Effects of planning and revising on Chinese ESL learners’ text quality',
was presented at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang
Technological University, Singapore, under the supervision of
Professor Lawrence Jun Zhang. The study investigated the effects of
planning (extended pre-task, pretask, free-writing, and control), sub-
planning (topic, ideas and macro-structure, topic and ideas, and topic
given), and revising (draft and no draft available) conditions on
fluency,lexical complexity, and text quality of 108 Chinese ESL
learners’ argumentative texts. It was singled out for praise as ‘a
refreshing advance into the study of writing tasks. It has classroom
face-validity in terms of the various experimental conditions, it links to
the L1 writing literature, it shows new thinking, and implicitly raises big
questions about the two main task complexity models that have
obsessed research in the last few years’.

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics


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