Dr Sally Zacharias
- Lecturer in Education (Culture, Literacies, Inclusion & Pedagogy)
I am an educational linguist and applied linguist with a special interest in cognitive linguistics.
I have worked as a teacher educator for several years and have designed and taught on English-medium ITE courses. I moved to Glasgow in 2012 and currently teach on the MEd/MSc TESOL, PGDE and M.Educ programmes. I have worked as a teacher of English (ESL and EAP/EAL) in France, Germany and the UK, teaching both adults and children.
I'm interested in the role language plays in the development of conceptual thinking.
Research interests: Application of cognitive and functional linguistics in educational settings, especially in science: Text World Theory, Cognitive Grammar, stylistics, metaphors, image schemas, abstract concepts, cognitive diversity.
MA TESOL (distinction) - University of Nottingham 2011
PGCE Science with CLIL (secondary) - University of Nottingham 2004
RSA/Cambridge Diploma TEFLA - British Institute, Paris 1998
RSA/Cambridge Certificate TEFLA 1991
BSc Chemistry with Education, University of York, 1991
I am interested in usage-based (cognitive and functional) approaches to language learning in all pedagogical contexts, as well as the application of principles from these approaches to the knowledge-building process. I am especially interested in how abstract concepts are understood and learnt in the disciplines, especially in the sciences. In my doctoral research, I used and developed a cognitive discursive framework to describe and explain the development of how scientific abstract concepts are both constructed and linguistically represented in classroom discourse. A link to my thesis is [here].
The central questions I have that underpin my research interest are:
How does language shape thought when learning the disciplines?
How does knowing about language support the knowledge building process for both L1 and L2 users?
I am also interested how different languages and cultures construct and represent abstract thought. I am currently the PI of 'The Moon in narrative, metaphor and reason: A multilinguistic perspective', a Creative Multilingualism project funded through AHRC (Open World Research Initiative), where I'm investigating how time, place and the emotions are constructed and represented in four languages (English, Polish, Mandarin and Arabic) when talking and reasoning about the Moon. More details about Creative Multilingualism and my project are [here].
Creative Multilingualism AHRC (Open World Research Initiative) 2018-9 'The Moon in narrative, metaphor and reason: A multilinguistic perspective' £1,940
British Council ELTRA award 2017. Challenging the Translingual Turn: Student-Teachers' Perceptions, Practices and Networks (co-researcher with Lavinia Hirsu) £5,000
I teach on and convene the following modules on the MSc and MEd TESOL programmes:
Descriptions of Language (core module) (convenor)
Language Proficiency, Assessment and Feedback (2nd semester option) (convenor)
Language Learning and Applications (core module)
Dissertation module (convenor)
I teach the EAL/literacy component of ITE/PGDE programmes within the School
I teach on Introduction to Educational Research Methods
I convene and teach on M.Educ 4 enquiry
I teach on Modern Educational Thought.
Committee member (secretary) of LKALE (Linguistics and knowledge About Language) SIG of British Association of Applied Linguistics.
Member of CLARE (Cognitive Linguistics and Research in Education) Small group of scholars from Aston University, UCL, Sheffield Hallam and Sheffield University interested in applications of Cognitive linguistics in education.
Member of BAAL, NALDIC, UKLA.