Dr Sally Zacharias

  • Associate Teaching Fellow (Culture, Literacies, Inclusion & Pedagogy)

Biography

 

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.

 

Qualifications:

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 

 


Research interests

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].


Grants

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


Supervision

I supervise MEd and MSc TESOL dissertation students

I co-supervise with Dr Dely Elliot PhD student Idris Hamed Nasser Al Adawi


Teaching

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.


Additional information

 

 

Professional Affiliations:

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.


Publications

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Number of items: 15.

2019

Zacharias, S. (2019) The development of the abstract scientific concept of heat energy in a naturalistic classroom setting. In: Bolognesi, M. and Steen, G. J. (eds.) Perspectives on Abstract Concepts: Cognition, Language and Communication. John Benjamins.

Zacharias, S. (2019) What Can Cognitive Linguistics Do for the EAP Community? BALEAP 2019 Innovation, Exploration and Transformation, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK, 12-14 April 2019.

Zacharias, S. (2019) The Moon in Narrative, Metaphor and Reason: a Multilinguistic Perspective. The Creative Power of Metaphor, Worcester College, Oxford, UK, 29-30 March 2019.

Daborn, E., Zacharias, S. and Crichton, H. (2019) Subject Literacy in Culturally Diverse Secondary Schools: Supporting EAL Learners. Bloomsbury: London. (Accepted for Publication)

2018

Zacharias, S. (2018) Moon Metaphors: a Multilinguistic and Multicultural Perspective. 5th International Conference on Metaphor and Discourse: Metaphors Across Cultures and Social Spheres, Fundación Universitat Jaume I-Empresa, Castellón de La Plana, Spain, 8-9 November 2018.

Zacharias, S. (2018) 'The Heat's Travelling Along the Rod!' Constructions and Representations of Scientific Abstract Concepts in Classroom Discourse. 8th International Conference of the German Cognitive Linguistics Association, University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany, 26-28 September 2018.

Zacharias, S. (2018) How are we Meant to use Heat? Towards a Model of Linguistic Knowledge for Teachers. Cognitive Grammar in Stylistics, Aston University, Birmingham, UK, 13 September 2018.

Zacharias, S. (2018) Is That What You Meant? Towards a Formative Evaluation Framework for Content Classrooms. BAAL 2018 Taking Risks in Applied Linguistics, York, UK, 6-8 September 2018.

Zacharias, S. and Hirsu, L. (2018) Embracing a Translingual Approach: Between Pedagogical Risk and Daily Practice. BAAL 2018 Taking Risks in Applied Linguistics, York, UK, 6-8 September 2018.

Zacharias, S. and Hirsu, L. (2018) Challenging Student-Teacher Language Ideologies in Translingual Contexts. TLANG 2018, Birmngham, UK, 28-29 March 2018.

Zacharias, S. (2018) Developing Knowledge About Language with Student Teachers on Short English as an Additional Language Input Sessions. SATEAL 2018 Conference, Edinburgh, UK, 17 March 2018.

Zacharias, S. and Evison, J. (2018) I see what you mean: exploring figurative uses of language. In: Viana, V. (ed.) New Ways in Teaching with Corpora. TESOL Press. (In Press)

2017

Zacharias, S. (2017) PhD research report: Knowledge about language from a cognitive linguistics perspective: What content teachers might want to know. Documentation. British Association for Applied Linguistics.

2016

Zacharias, S. (2016) Knowledge about Language from a Cognitive Linguistics Perspective: What Content Teachers Might Want to Know. BAAL 2016 Taking Stock of Applied Linguistics: Where Are We Now?, Cambridge, UK, 1-3 September 2016.

2012

Esfandiari, M., Knight, P., Molinari, J. and Zacharias, S. (2012) Task-Based Learning Applied. A collection of research papers. Series: Jubilee Press occasional papers. Jubilee Press. ISBN 9781906235178

This list was generated on Tue Aug 20 01:49:45 2019 BST.
Number of items: 15.

Books

Daborn, E., Zacharias, S. and Crichton, H. (2019) Subject Literacy in Culturally Diverse Secondary Schools: Supporting EAL Learners. Bloomsbury: London. (Accepted for Publication)

Esfandiari, M., Knight, P., Molinari, J. and Zacharias, S. (2012) Task-Based Learning Applied. A collection of research papers. Series: Jubilee Press occasional papers. Jubilee Press. ISBN 9781906235178

Book Sections

Zacharias, S. (2019) The development of the abstract scientific concept of heat energy in a naturalistic classroom setting. In: Bolognesi, M. and Steen, G. J. (eds.) Perspectives on Abstract Concepts: Cognition, Language and Communication. John Benjamins.

Zacharias, S. and Evison, J. (2018) I see what you mean: exploring figurative uses of language. In: Viana, V. (ed.) New Ways in Teaching with Corpora. TESOL Press. (In Press)

Research Reports or Papers

Zacharias, S. (2017) PhD research report: Knowledge about language from a cognitive linguistics perspective: What content teachers might want to know. Documentation. British Association for Applied Linguistics.

Conference or Workshop Item

Zacharias, S. (2019) What Can Cognitive Linguistics Do for the EAP Community? BALEAP 2019 Innovation, Exploration and Transformation, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK, 12-14 April 2019.

Zacharias, S. (2019) The Moon in Narrative, Metaphor and Reason: a Multilinguistic Perspective. The Creative Power of Metaphor, Worcester College, Oxford, UK, 29-30 March 2019.

Zacharias, S. (2018) Moon Metaphors: a Multilinguistic and Multicultural Perspective. 5th International Conference on Metaphor and Discourse: Metaphors Across Cultures and Social Spheres, Fundación Universitat Jaume I-Empresa, Castellón de La Plana, Spain, 8-9 November 2018.

Zacharias, S. (2018) 'The Heat's Travelling Along the Rod!' Constructions and Representations of Scientific Abstract Concepts in Classroom Discourse. 8th International Conference of the German Cognitive Linguistics Association, University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany, 26-28 September 2018.

Zacharias, S. (2018) How are we Meant to use Heat? Towards a Model of Linguistic Knowledge for Teachers. Cognitive Grammar in Stylistics, Aston University, Birmingham, UK, 13 September 2018.

Zacharias, S. (2018) Is That What You Meant? Towards a Formative Evaluation Framework for Content Classrooms. BAAL 2018 Taking Risks in Applied Linguistics, York, UK, 6-8 September 2018.

Zacharias, S. and Hirsu, L. (2018) Embracing a Translingual Approach: Between Pedagogical Risk and Daily Practice. BAAL 2018 Taking Risks in Applied Linguistics, York, UK, 6-8 September 2018.

Zacharias, S. and Hirsu, L. (2018) Challenging Student-Teacher Language Ideologies in Translingual Contexts. TLANG 2018, Birmngham, UK, 28-29 March 2018.

Zacharias, S. (2018) Developing Knowledge About Language with Student Teachers on Short English as an Additional Language Input Sessions. SATEAL 2018 Conference, Edinburgh, UK, 17 March 2018.

Zacharias, S. (2016) Knowledge about Language from a Cognitive Linguistics Perspective: What Content Teachers Might Want to Know. BAAL 2016 Taking Stock of Applied Linguistics: Where Are We Now?, Cambridge, UK, 1-3 September 2016.

This list was generated on Tue Aug 20 01:49:45 2019 BST.