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Dr Aisling O'Boyle

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Aisling O'Boyle

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Research Interests

My research interests lie in the relationships between language and education. These include the analysis of discourse in educational contexts, academic and professional discourse, and English Language learning and teaching. I am particularly interested in the application of research in corpus linguistics to education and have been involved in the design, development, and research of a number of spoken (academic and learner) corpora to investigate the construction of knowledge in classroom contexts, speaking skills, and language use in intercultural contexts.


I teach on the following modules: Education Studies Tutorial (PGCE); Language Learning for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Masters); Language Awareness for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Masters); TESOL: Discourse and Pedagogy (Doctoral).

I supervise doctoral students (EdD and PhD) in the following areas: Academic and Professional Discourse, e.g. English for Specific Purposes (ESP) for healthcare professionals; Metadiscourse in Research Article Writing. TESOL, e.g. Word frequency, complexity and English Language Proficiency; Computer mediated communication and English Language Learning and Teaching; EAL and academic literacy.

Achievements and Distinctions

QUB Teaching Award for Sustained Excellence (2014)


EdD Coordinator (Professional Doctorate in Education)

MSc TESOL Coordinator

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Contribution to conference papers, events and activities

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