LINGUIST List 4.591

Thu 29 Jul 1993

Jobs: Applied Linguistics

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  1. "Steve Fligelstone", Job

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Date: Wed, 28 Jul 93 15:28:05 +0Job
From: "Steve Fligelstone" <>
Subject: Job


[Please note:- Application forms and further details should be obtained
from the Personnel Department, referred to below (tel: +534 65201 ext. 2160).
Specific queries may be directed to the Head of Department, Dr. G. Knowles,
Dept of Linguistics and Modern English Language, Bowland College, Lancaster
University LA1 4YT; tel: +524 593023, FAX: +524 843085; email: eia008 - Please do not address queries to me - I am just
posting the message because I have access to LINGUIST. Thanks - Steve F.]

Applications are invited for a lecturer in Applied Linguistics, tenable from
September 1993 or as soon as possible thereafter. Candidates should have
considerable relevant teaching experience and a good academic record of
research and publication. A PhD in a relevant area will be an advantage, as
will an established reputation in the area of English language education. We
are seeking to consolidate and complement our existing strengths through this
appointment. Applications from candidates whose interest will extend the scope
of applied linguistics in the Department will be especially welcome.
Expertise in any of the following areas will therefore be advantageous:
curriculum design, the management of language education, critical language
pedagogy, second language acquisition, first/second language production and

The person appointed will be expected to teach the full range of undergraduate
and postgraduate levels, supervise research students and research projects,
and assume the normal range of administrative responsibilities.

Salary on the Lecturer A Scale: 13,601 to 18,855 pounds p.a. or Lecturer B
Scale: 19,642 to 25,107 pounds p.a. dependent upon qualifications and

Ref: L140

Method of Application

Candidates should complete and return FIVE copies of the following:
application form (available from address below), curriculum vitae giving full
particulars of education, qualifications, publications and main academic
interests and covering letter, if appropriate, to arrive NOT LATER THAN
5 AUGUST 1993 to the Personnel Services Office, Bowland College, Lancaster
University, Lancaster LA1 4YT United Kingdom. Envelopes should be marked with
the appropriate reference.

Further Particulars

Lancaster University's Department of Linguistics and Modern English Language
is a major international centre of teaching and research in linguistics and
applied linguistics and is particularly well known for its work in descriptive
linguistics, English language, computational linguistics, human communication,
sociolinguistics, stylistics, English language teaching, educational
linguistics, mother tongue education, bilingual education and literacy. The
Department is also engaged in collaborative teaching and research with the
Computing department, other departments in the faculty of Social Sciences, of
which it is a member, and to a lesser extent with language departments in the
Humanities Faculty.

In recent years the Department has experienced rapid expansion in its teaching
and research activities. The numbers of both undergraduate and postgraduate
students have grown as have the numbers of teaching and research staff. For
example, we now expect to have about fifty MA students, and about seventy
research students, registered with us in any one year. It is in this context
that we are seeking to fill this replacement position with someone who has
considerable relevant teaching experience, a good academic record of research
and publication, and preferably a relevant PhD, and an established reputation
in the area of English language teaching. Currently we have 15 full-time
teaching staff. This post, and a Chair already advertised, will bring the
number up to 17.


The Department has a very high research profile, being one of five linguistics
departments in the country to achieve the top rating (class 5A) in the recent
research assessment exercise. Research in the Department is increasingly
organised within research centres with their own management structure.
Currently the Department's research centres are the Unit for Computer Research
on the English Language (UCREL), the Centre for Language in Social Life (CLSL),
and the Centre for Research in Language Education (CRILE). Day-to-day research
activities involve a large number of informal research groups meeting regularly
throughout the year, on such topics as: Classroom Language Learning, the
Development of Language Teacher Associations, Language and Gender in the
Classroom, Language Learning in Large Classes, Language Testing, Teacher
Research and Teacher Development, the Teaching of Writing, Bilingualism,
Literacy, Stylistics, and Text and Identity.

The person appointed will be expected to make a strong contribution to the
Department's overall research activity, for example through the above research
groups, and/or by creating new ones, and will also be expected to be actively
involved in the supervision of research students.


The Department is seeking someone who will be able to contribute to the
Department's teaching at all levels, from first year undergraduate to
postgraduate, and, in particular, to take a major role in the MA programme in
Linguistics for English Language Teaching. We have a wide range of students,
many from overseas, on several different degree schemes. The ability to teach
in a wide variety of areas of linguistics and applied linguistics will
therefore be an advantage, although the main need for this replacement
position is in the area of English language education (and more especially
English language teaching) again at all levels. We offer courses in English
language teaching for our first year students, and increasingly offer courses
in appropriate research methods for our doctoral research candidates. For the
postgraduate work in particular expertise in the following areas of our English
language teaching work will be especially welcome: curriculum design, the
management of language education, critical language pedagogy, second language
acquisition, first/second language production and processing.

Our strong involvement in language education means that we are also very
interested in teaching and learning as intellectual and social practices. We
would therefore especially welcome applications from candidates who themselves
are particularly interested in teaching and learning at university and other

Making your application

Please make clear in your application, after you have looked through our
information on the range of courses we currently offer, what
contributions you would wish to make to the teaching work of the Department,
and what experience you already have of such teaching. Make clear also any
special interest you have in the teaching and learning processes themselves
(for example, you may have experimented with computer-assisted learning, or
with portfolio-based assessment).

Please also include a description of your research interests and experience,
information about your research publications to date, and your plans for future
research, with particular reference to how these might fit in with and/or
complement the existing research work of the Department.

If you are shortlisted and invited for interview you will also be invited to
make a twenty-minute presentation to a group of staff and students of the
Department, on a topic of your own choosing related to your teaching and
research interests.
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