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Dr Will Baker PhD

Associate Professor & Director of the Centre for Global Englishes

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I joined the staff in Modern Languages and Linguistics in 2009 and am currently the Director of the Centre for Global Englishes and an Associate Professor in Modern Languages and Linguistics. My research focuses on Global Englishes and intercultural communication and I also supervise doctoral students in these areas as well as convening MA programmes in Global Englishes, Intercultural Communication and English Language Teaching: Online.

The use of English as a global lingua franca forces us to reconsider the links between languages, cultures, communities, nations and identities. In my research I explore these issues and the implications for how we think about communication and teaching languages.

I have published and presented internationally on the subjects of English as a Lingua Franca, Intercultural Communication, Intercultural Awareness, English language teaching, and English Medium Instruction. This includes the recently published monograph ‘Culture and Identity through English as a Lingua Franca’ (De Gruyter Mouton). I am the co-editor of the book series ‘Developments in English as a Lingua Franca’ (De Gruyter Mouton). I serve on the editorial boards for a number of international journals in applied linguistics and am a member of the AILA English as a Lingua Franca research network.

Prior to becoming a lecturer at Southampton I undertook a PhD in Applied Linguistics at the University of Southampton on the subject of intercultural awareness and intercultural communication through English. Before this, I taught at Silpakorn University in Thailand for 5 years. I worked as an English language teacher for over 10 years in both the UK and Thailand at all levels, but specialising in English for Academic Purposes.

Research interests

My current research interests include English as a Lingua Franca, intercultural and transcultural communication, intercultural awareness, culture, identity and language, global citizenship, English language teaching and English medium instruction.

I am the director of the Centre for Global Englishes.

I am a member of BAAL, the BAAL Intercultural Communication SIG, and AILA English as a Lingua Franca Research Network

Affiliate research groups: 

Centre for Global Englishes

Research projects as principle investigator


From English language learners to Intercultural Citizens: Chinese student sojourners development of intercultural citizenship in ELT and EMI programmes

Researchers: Will Baker and Fan (Gabriel) Fang (Shantou University)


English as an ASEAN lingua franca: Implications for language education policy and practice.

Joint workshop in Bangkok, January 2018 between CGE, University of Southampton and Kasetsart University.


“Without English this is just not possible…”: studies of language policy and practice in international universities from Europe and Asia
Researchers: Will Baker and Julia Hüttner


Using online learning objects to develop intercultural awareness in ELT: a critical evaluation in a Thai higher education setting

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Affiliate research group

Modern Languages eLearning Group

Research project(s)

English as an ASEAN lingua franca: Implications for language education policy and practice

The research workshop aims to explore alternative perspectives to understanding English based on Global Englishes and English as a lingua franca research and the implications this has for language policy and classroom practices. The workshop will allow established scholars and early career researchers from Thailand and the UK to discuss work in this area and consider more sustainable (economically and socially), locally relevant approaches to language ideology, language policy, and language teaching, with the aim of bringing about long-term changes in Thai education.

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My teaching interests include applied linguistics and more specifically, intercultural communication, Global Englishes and English as a lingua franca, ELT, research methods, English medium instruction, English for academic purposes and e-learning.

I am currently the convenor for the MA in Global Englishes programme.  I am also the convenor for the modules Research and Enquiry in Applied Linguistics and Intercultural Communication.

I would welcome potential applicants interested in any of the above areas.

Current postgraduate supervision

Amina Lechkhab - Identity, Intercultural Awareness and Intercultural Citizenship through ELF among Algerian International Mobile Students

Binh Thi Thanh Nguyen – Cultural Awareness and Intercultural Awareness in Language policy in education and practice from Global Englishes perspective in higher education in Vietnam

Nattida Pattaraworathum - A Case Study of Culture Teaching Practices of Secondary School English Teachers in Thailand

Raenumart Kotarputh - Pragmatic Strategies in Email Communication for Thai ELF Users

Ugahara Bin Mahyuddin Yunus - A narrative case study of the cultural identity of Acehnese English teachers in Indonesia

Bhirawit Satthamnuwong - Conceptualisation of the Roles and Use of Linguistic Resources in English Medium Instruction Classrooms in a Thai Multilingual University

Harrison Cooper - Orientations towards linguistic diversity: a comparative study of two UK universities

Dounya Boumaza – Transcultural communication, translanguaging and ELF among Algerian's on SNS

Rana Saud Shahini (with Web Science) - Investigating Transculturality in MOOC Contexts: Spaces, Knowledge creation and Benefits


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