Dr Sue Garton

Associate Dean External Relations / Reader in Applied Linguistics

Sue Garton CropI joined Aston University as a Teaching Fellow in 2000. Prior to this, I lived in Bologna, Italy and worked at the Universities of Parma and of Modena and Reggio Emilia where I taught academic English to students from a range of faculties, including economics, psychology, pharmacy and agricultural science.

In 2015 I was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship and I am a Senior Fellow of the HEA.  I am Co-Director of the Centre for Language Research at Aston (CLaRA) and Associate Dean for External Relations. 

My research interests are in the areas of language teacher education, particularly teacher beliefs, classroom discourse and language-in-education policy and its implementation. Together with Fiona Copland (University of Stirling), I am series editor of a major book series called International Perspectives on ELT published by Palgrave Macmillan. I am also co-editor of the Routledge Handbook of Teaching English to Young Learners, to be published in 2018. 

  • PhD Applied Linguistics (University of Aston)
  • MSc Teaching English (University of Aston)
  • BA Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures (University of Bologna)
  • BA European Studies (University of Hull)
  • PhD supervision 

Undergraduate Modules

  • LE2012/LE2055 Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Postgraduate Modules

  • LEM063 Foundations in TESOL
  • LEM064 Foundations in TESP
  • LEM065 Foundations in EMT
  • LEM066 Foundations in TEYL
  • LEM067 Research Methods in ELT
  • LRM033 Dissertation
  • Classroom interaction
  • Teacher beliefs and language teaching 
  • Teacher education and development
  • Policy and practice issues in TESOL
  • Transitions between Primary and Secondary School (2012-2013) British Council ELT Research Award. With Professor Anne Burns (PI), Dr Muna Morris Adams and Dr Fiona Copland.

  • Activities for Teaching Young Learners (2011)  British Council ELT Research Award. With Dr Fiona Copland and Professor Anne Burns.

  • Taking Steps towards CLIL (2010-2011). LinkedUp Awards Scheme. With Dr Fiona Copland

  • Investigating Global practices in teaching English to Young Learners (2010) British Council ELT Research Award (PI). With Dr Fiona Copland and Professor Anne Burns.

  • Chair of the TESOL Standing Committee for Research
  • Member of the International TESOL Association Research Task Force
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the Editorial Advisory Panel, ELT Journal

  • Member of the British Association of Applied Linguistics (BAAL)

  • Member of IATEFL

I have supervised a number of PhD students in areas such as teacher beliefs and learner autonomy, focus on form in task-based learning, the use of teacher narratives in the language classroom, the effects of project-based learning, teachers’ use of materials in communicative language teaching.

I am particularly interested in supervising PhDs in the following areas:

  1. Language policy and its effects on practice
  2. Classroom implementation of language teaching methodologies
  3. Aspects of classroom interaction
  4. The role of materials in the language classroom
  5. Teacher cognition in language teaching


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