Dr Aisling O’Boyle

School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work
Dr Aisling O'Boyle

Dr Aisling O’Boyle

School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work

Dr O'Boyle's research interests are 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. She is particularly interested in the application of research in corpus linguistics to education and has 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, oracy and speaking skills, and language use in intercultural contexts.

Recent research included conducting a state-of-the-art review and multiple case studies of English Language Teaching professionals in South America, Asia, Europe and the UK and how they make best use of corpora for English Language Teaching and Learning.

The objective of the research activity is to develop a guide on digital data-driven learning for learners, teachers, and teacher educators.

Research Interests

Open to PhD applications in the field of

  • TESOL and English Language Learning (ESL, EFL, EAL)
  • Academic Discourse and English for Specific Purposes
  • Applied Corpus Studies
  • Speaking Skills
  • English Language Learning and Migration

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Public outreach & key achievements

  • Dr O'Boyle's work with TESOL postgraduate students on the design and development of English for Specific 
    Purposes led to the development of an Initial English Language Support Curriculum for very newly-arrived
    refugee families in Northern Ireland
  • She supports a short programme on Teaching English to Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Research students

PhD Title How do we teach English under the waves of innovation? –Listening to the voices of learners and teachers, discovering perceptions of English learning and teaching in China and the UK
Name Xuexi Han
Country China
PhD Title  Teacher Cognition and Technology Integration in EFL
Name Hamid Asman
Country Indonesia


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