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Angela Gayton


Research Associate

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  • PhD (University of Edinburgh)
  • MSc (University of Edinburgh)
  • MA (University of Edinburgh)
  • CELTA (British Language Training Centre, Amsterdam)

Membership of Professional Bodies/Associations

  • European Access Network (member)
  • Edinburgh University Press Applied Linguistics Series (co-editor)

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Angela joined the Faculty of Education in October 2016 as a post-doctoral research associate. She is working on an AHRC-funded project entitled Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies (MEITS), and is involved specifically with Strand 4 under Dr. Linda Fisher, which is focused on the influence of multilingual identities on language learning.

She is also currently involved with ongoing research projects in the areas of language learning motivation, and language teacher education, with colleagues at Hong Kong University. Prior to taking up this post-doctoral role, Angela worked for three years as a teaching fellow at the University of Edinburgh, where main duties included lecturing, supervising and tutoring MSc students on programmes in TESOL, Language Teaching, and Applied Linguistics. In addition, Angela has ten years’ worth of EFL experience in European, Asian and African contexts – most recently, she worked as an EAP specialist in three higher education institutions in the Netherlands.

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Research Topics

  • Multilingual identity
  • Language learning motivation
  • Perceptions of English as a global language
  • Teacher education – the theory-practice nexus

Current Research Project(s)

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Principal and Recent Publications

Gayton, A. (2016). A context-specific approach to L2 motivation in Anglophone settings: A first step towards theory development. Language Learning Journal. 10.1080/09571736.2015.1130081

Gayton, A. (2016). Perceptions about the dominance of English as a global language: Impact upon foreign language teachers’ professional identity. Journal of Language, Identity and Education. 10.1080/15348458.2016.1194209

Lanvers, U., Hultgren, K. and Gayton, A. (2016). ‘People can be smarter with two languages’: Changing Anglophone students’ attitudes to language learning through teaching linguistics. Language Learning Journal. 10.1080/09571736.2016.1196384