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Dr Will Baker PhD

Associate Professor & Deputy Director Centre for Global Englishes

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I joined the staff in Modern Languages in 2009 and am currently the Deputy Director of the Centre for Global Englishes and an Associate Professor in Modern Languages. 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 communication, intercultural awareness, culture, identity and language, elearning, English language teaching and English medium instruction.

I am the deputy director of the Centre for Global Englishes
I am a member of the editorial board of TESOL Quarterly and an associate editor for the Asian EFL Journal
I am a member of BAAL, the BAAL Intercultural Communication SIG, and TESOL

Affiliate research groups: 

Centre for Global Englishes

Research projects
Using online learning objects to develop intercultural awareness in ELT: a critical evaluation in a Thai higher education setting
British Council ELTRPA 2010-11

“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
Funding: Adventures in Research, University of Southampton, 2014-15

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Affiliate research group

Modern Languages eLearning Group



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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 for academic purposes and e-learning.

I am currently the convenor for the MA in Global Englishes and the MA in English Language Teaching: Online.  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

Chittima Sangiamchit - Online Intercultural Conversation by Using English as a Lingua Franca: Thai Undergraduate Students’ Perception on ELF Communication Strategies

Haibo Liu - English practice in a high school classroom in China from Global Englishes perspectives

Yusuf Boonsuk  - University Students Attitude Toward Native and Non-Native English-Speaking Teachers, Teacher Self-Perceptions, and English Program Administrators  Belief and Practice

Gloria J. Ronzón Montiel - An investigation of intercultural communicative competence for teaching in UV Language Centres

Thitichaya Sonkaew -Thais writing to other Thais in English through Facebook; Language Choice and Perceptions of Writing in English to Facebook Friends from different Settings

Gareth Humphreys - An investigation into how learner autonomisation can enable to acquisition of intercultural communicative competence in an EAP context in Japan

Maritza Maribel Martínez-Sánchez - Pragmatic strategies in the business English language classroom in a Mexican university

Jaewon Ra - A study of a multilingual student community in a university in South Korea

Dr Will Baker
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