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Biography

Florence Bonacina-Pugh is the Programme Director for the MSc Language Teaching and a Lecturer in Language Education in the Institute for Education, Teaching and Leadership, The Moray House School of Education, The University of Edinburgh.

Florence started her academic career by being awarded a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship (PTA-026-27-2638)  from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) hosted by the department of Linguistics and English Language of the University of Edinburgh. She then worked as a Teaching Fellow in TESOL in the Moray House School of Education at the University of Edinburgh.  Before working in academia, Florence taught French as a foreign language at all levels for nine years in various institutions across the UK and was regularly hired for curriculum and teaching material development.

Florence is the co-founder and co-convenor of the BAAL Special Interest Group (SIG) on Language Policy. She is also the co-founder of the ETAL (Edinburgh TESOL and Applied Language) research group, which belongs to the research cluster Language, Communication and Culture. She is also a member of the New Speaker Network (Working Group 9). 

Edinburgh TESOL and Applied Language

Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Linguistics, The University of Edinburgh.
  • MSc. in Applied Linguistics, The University of Edinburgh.
  • MSc. in Language Teaching, Université de la Sorbonne III (France).
  • BA Hons in Linguistics, Université de la Sorbonne IV (France).

 

Current Research Interests

  • Language policy and practice
  • Translanguaging in the classroom
  • Multilingualism from a sociolinguistic perspective
  • Internationalisation of Higher Education
  • The 1+2 approach to language learning in Scotland (with a focus on Mandarin teaching and learning)
  • Discourse Analysis

 

Collaborative Activity

  • Scot or Not? Investigating conceptualizations of identity and citizenship in a referendum context. With Dr. Mairin Hennebry. Funded by Hong Kong University Faculty of Education Research Fund.
  • Language-in-education policy in migratory contexts; funded by the ESRC (PTA-026-27-2638)
  • A Conversation Analytic approach to 'practiced language policies': the example of an induction classroom for newly-arrived immigrant children in France; funded by the ESRC (PTA-031-2006-00426)
  • Classroom code-switching in a French complementary school in Scotland; funded by the British Council (Entente Cordiale scheme)

Teaching

  • Second Language Teaching Curriculum
  • Teaching Languages to Young Learners (Course Organiser)
  • Dissertation course for MSc Language Teaching (Course Organiser)

I am happy to supervise MSc and PhD students in the areas of:

  • Language policy and practice in educational settings
  • Translanguaging in the (language) classroom
  • Multilingualism / linguistic diversity in educational contexts
  • Any of the three areas above within the specific context of: The teaching and learning of Mandarin
  • Discourse Analysis

 

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