Khursheed Ahmad

Thesis Topic: Pronunciation Pedagogy: Pronunciation Pedagogy: EFL Teacher Cognition and Practice at Postgraduate Level in Pakistan'

Supervisor: Dr. William Barras

Educational background (BA, MA, etc.): MPhil in Linguistics

What are your research interests/what are you currently working on: Applied Linguistics, Sociolinguistics & SLA

What do you do outside of academia (hobbies, personal interests, etc.).Cricket, watching movies and hanging out with friends and seeing various historical places and natural beauty prevailing in Scotland.

Why did you choose to study in Aberdeen? Aberdeen is one of the top ranking universities of the world. Secondly the school of the language and linguistics is having a highly qualified faculty, skilled in teaching and research. The research focuses on the most current issues and problems related to various aspects of language.  Moreover, the concerned supervisor(s) and staff is really supportive and helpful.

What is your favourite part of studying and living in Aberdeen? The University of Aberdeen provides students with every modern facility to help them in their studies and research. The best thing that I like is their online access to a bundle of journals – you can download the required paid article(s) for free and within no time. Next thing is the library, equipped with modern technology and a huge collection of books and study environment. Living in Aberdeen is a great experience with its diverse socio-cultural environment. People are really nice and friendly.

How do you think your experience in Aberdeen will prepare you for the future? The Aberdeen made me learn how to survive in a multicultural society – especially teaching to students with diverse backgrounds. I happened to meet people with different approaches to language and research which enabled me to rethink and refine my perspectives about research and language.

Ghadeer Zeyad Al-Hanada

Thesis Topic: Emotional Argumentation in the Jordanian Parliament Political Speeches.

Supervisor: Prof. Robert McCroll Millar

Educational background (BA, MA, etc.): 2005-2009 BA in English language and Literature, (Tafila Technical University, Jordan)

2010-2013 MA Applied Linguistics, (Mutah University, Jordan)
What are your research interests/what are you currently working on? Argumentation theory, Discourse Analysis, Sociolinguistics.

What do you do outside of academia (hobbies, personal interests, etc.)? Spend hours of fun with my daughter (Maha), reading books and novels, walking,  travelling with my little family and seeing the different historical places and the lovely  beauty in Scotland.

Why did you choose to study in Aberdeen? The University of Aberdeen is the fifth oldest university in UK and one of the top ranking universities of the world. Also, the school of the language and linguistics is having a highly qualified, supportive, and inspiring supervisors.

What is your favourite part of studying and living in Aberdeen? Aberdeen city is truly beautiful and I never get bored of it; a lovely atmosphere, nearby the Northern Sea, and various historical castle and ruins. My living in Aberdeen will be the most lovely and memorable experience.

How do you think your experience in Aberdeen will prepare you for the future? My studying at Aberdeen University will give me excellent research skills. Furthermore, I attended different undergraduate and postgraduate courses, different postgraduate conferences, and workshops among others which strongly enhance my academic and communicative skills and my critical thinking abilities.

 

Chloe Hodge

Thesis Topic: Investigating Scotland's Penitentiary System: a critical discourse analysis of prison education programmes

Supervisors: Dr. Tania Fahey Palma & Dr. Arnar Arnason

Educational background (BA, MA, etc.): MA (Hons) English – Language & Linguistics, University of Aberdeen; MSc Professional Communication, University of Aberdeen.

What are your research interests/what are you currently working on? Language and Power; Institutional Discourse; Total Institutions; Forensic Linguistics; Language and Gender; Courtroom Discourse. I am currently investigating the Scottish Prison's Service's organisational review with a focus on prisoner education programmes, more specifically within the new 'super prison' HMP Grampian. I am presently reviewing whether gendered language-use within such education programmes has an impact upon desistance or recidivism behaviours post release. 

What do you do outside of academia (hobbies, personal interests, etc.)? Alongside my full-time studies, I also work full time as a Communications and Marketing Coordinator at Aberdeen International Airport. I am an ambassador for Global Vision International and frequently volunteer abroad on their community and conservation projects worldwide. My next trip, for example, will be this summer where I will travel to Ghana to work on a Women's Empowerment project.

Why did you choose to study in Aberdeen? I first enrolled at University of Aberdeen for my undergraduate degree in 2010. I then went on to study at postgraduate level at the University graduating in 2016. My PhD thesis is a continuation of my undergraduate dissertation which provided a Critical Discourse Analysis of the SPS's Organisational Review: Unlocking Potential, Transforming Lives.

What is your favourite part of studying and living in Aberdeen? I love the university campus and Old Aberdeen in general. There is nothing better after a hectic day than having a stroll around Kings College to unwind.

How do you think your experience in Aberdeen will prepare you for the future? The experience and qualifications that I have gained throughout my studies, in particular from my MSc in Professional Communication, has prepared me well for the professional world while simultaneously developing my academic research skills.

Dawn Leslie

Thesis Topic: Perceptions of North East Scottish Speech

Supervisor: Dr. Will Barras

Educational background (BA, MA, etc.): M.A. English - Language and Linguistics, MLitt. Sociolinguistics, PGDE English (Secondary)

What are your research interests/what are you currently working on? My research interests are primarily in the fields of sociolinguistics and perceptual dialectology, focused currently on the dialect of the North East of Scotland. My PhD project is a perceptual dialectological study of the local region, interested in ascertaining how ‘non-linguists’ perceive regionalised language variation and how these evaluations might relate to wider issues of language change and local identity.

What do you do outside of academia (hobbies, personal interests, etc.)? I have played the bagpipes since I was eleven years old and I am currently the Pipe Sergeant of the Kintore Pipe Band, playing with the band at various events throughout the year and also providing tuition for those wishing to learn the instrument.

Why did you choose to study in Aberdeen? I have had excellent experiences at Aberdeen University in my previous degree programmes and I was keen to build on this. The support is excellent and, for the purposes of my project, it is good to be somewhere that has so many people interested in the local culture and dialect, and with so much expert knowledge to draw on.

What is your favourite part of studying and living in Aberdeen? The campus is a sanctuary in the busy city. Old Aberdeen is truly beautiful and I never get bored of it. I enjoy being part of Aberdeen’s multicultural community of students, getting to know people from other places and benefitting from their different perspectives and ideas.

How do you think your experience in Aberdeen will prepare you for the future? My time at Aberdeen is providing me with a solid grounding in research methods, as well as offering me opportunities to prove myself as an academic at events such as the postgraduate conference. Being involved in the teaching of undergraduate courses has also been a fantastic motivator, encouraging me to remain engaged in areas of study outwith my own PhD project.

Marta Nitecka Barche

Thesis Topic: Patterns of Behaviour, Perception, and Attitude of Adult English Language Learners to Alternative Teaching Based on Arts and Creativity.

Supervisors: Prof Robert McColl Millar, Dr Agni Connor

Educational background (BA, MA, etc.): MA English and Literature in a World Context, University of Aberdeen; MSc TESOL, University of Aberdeen

What are your research interests/what are you currently working on?

I situate my research within Chaos/ Complex System Theory.  This approach allows me to work beyond borders of second language acquisition theories. I also follow Rancière and believe that art has the capacity of creating space in which change and development can occur. In my PhD project, I focus on adult language learners, alternative teaching methods, and explore ways and forms in which arts and creativity can be implemented in a language classroom. I explore links between second language acquisition, seen as a complex system, socially engaged art and creativity. This allows me to work interdisciplinary and beyond borders of one theory or approach to language learning, teaching, arts, and creativity.

Nada Omar

Thesis Topic: Gradual increase of students' responsibility model for improving Libyan EFL learners' academic writing.

Supervisors: Lead supervisor: Dr. Agni Connor, Second supervisor: Dr. William Barras

Educational background (BA, MA, etc.): BA in English language and linguistics & MA in English language and Linguistics

What are your research interests/what are you currently working on?  TESOL

What do you do outside of academia (hobbies, personal interests, etc.)? Playing tennis, walking and reading

Why did you choose to study in Aberdeen? I was recommended by a friend who has been recently awarded a PhD degree here in this University.

What is your favourite part of studying and living in Aberdeen? I like everything in here

How do you think your experience in Aberdeen will prepare you for the future? Not relevant

Xinxin Wu

Thesis Topic: An analysis of English teachers’ classroom metadiscourse across Chinese and British Contexts

Supervisor(s): Prof. Robert McCroll Millar, Dr. Agni Connor

Educational background (BA, MA, etc.): BA (Dezhou University), MA (Dongbei University of Finance and Economics)

What are your research interests/what are you currently working on? Classroom discourse analysis, conversation analysis, metadiscourse, contrastive rhetoric, teacher education and development

What do you do outside of academia (hobbies, personal interests, etc.)? I like jogging, playing table tennis and badminton in my spare time. I also like trying out new Chinese cuisines, travelling to various places and experiencing different cultures.

Why did you choose to study in Aberdeen? The University of Aberdeen is the fifth oldest university in UK, with a long tradition and stimulating environment of doing world-class research in a variety of fields. The supervisors have always been very supportive and inspiring, with a high reputation among many Chinese students who studied here. Moreover, the university provides various types of scholarships for international students.

What is your favourite part of studying and living in Aberdeen? My favourite part is the friendly living and studying environment among peoples from all over the world. Exchanges of ideas with teachers and students from different cultural backgrounds makes my studying and living in Aberdeen an amazing experience.

How do you think your experience in Aberdeen will prepare you for the future? I worked as an English in a university in China before I came here doing my PhD and I have been determined to continue working in academia after graduation. Regular tutorials from supervisors and the wide range of workshops offered by the university have especially sharpened my critical thinking abilities, among other things. This has been and will surely be benefiting my PhD research and future academic career.