Dr Vincent Greenier

Dr Vincent Greenier
Dr Vincent Greenier
Dr Vincent Greenier


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012 Old Brewery
Old Aberdeen Campus
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School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture


Director of Postgraduate Research

Vincent Greenier holds a PhD in Language Teaching and Learning from the University of Auckland, where his thesis explored what constitutes creativity in language learning and the effects of the curricular approach on students’ creativity development. He has been a teacher and teacher educator for nearly two decades, working across four continents. His main research interests are creative approaches to language teaching, individual differences and learner variables (particularly creativity), critical pedagogy, teacher identity, EFL/ESL curriculum and materials development, and innovative approaches to qualitative research.

Latest Publications

  • A netnography of emergent ESOL researcher identity and development in a virtual community of practice

    Chen, J., Greenier, V. T., Janes, S.
    International Journal of Applied Linguistics, vol. 33, no. 2, pp. 275-291
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Understanding professional commitment change of novice CFL university teachers: an integrated perspective

    Sun, P. P., Yuan, R., Greenier, V.
    Journal of Education for Teaching, vol. 49, no. 3, pp. 416-430
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Creative translanguaging in formative assessment: Chinese teachers’ perceptions and practices in the primary EFL classroom

    Greenier, V. T., Xiaohua, L., Xiao, Y.
    Applied Linguistics Review
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • “I Promised Growing up I Would Not Become a Teacher”: Exploring the Career Trajectory of a Language Teacher through Social Cognitive Career Theory

    Moodie, I., Greenier, V. T.
    TESOL Quarterly
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Leadership in the Language Classroom: Implications for Teacher Education

    Greenier, V. T.
    The European Journal of Applied Linguistics and TEFL
    Contributions to Journals: Articles

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Research Overview

My research interests include creative approaches to language teaching, language teacher education, individual differences and learner variables, teacher identity, materials development, learning spaces, professionalism and leadership in TESOL, and positive psychology and wellbeing. I am also interested in innovative approaches to qualitative and mixed method research, including: visual research methods (e.g., visual ethnography and photovoice), critical pedagogy and critical demography, narrative inquiry, participatory actions research, and others that incorporate methods from different disciplinary fields. Although my recent research has focused primarily on language teachers, I am interested in research that explores the experiences and perspectives of learners, parents, administrators, materials designers, policymakers, and all other stakeholders in language education.




Teaching Responsibilities

LN1003 English Structure and Use

LN4014 Language Teaching in Practice

LN3502 First and Second Language Acquisition

LN5023 Theories of Learning

LN5024 Exploring TESOL Research

LN5523 Research Methods in SLA

LN5531 Creativity and Innovation in Language Teaching

LN5532 Curriculum and Mateterials Development


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