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Dr Simon Ness

Assistant Professor (Teaching)

MA with honours in Applied Linguistics, PhD in English Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics, DELTA

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Assistant Professor (Teaching) in the Durham Centre for Academic Development (DCAD)  


Personal Profile

I teach on the MA in Applied Linguistics /TESOL, convening modules on Global Englishes, and the Psychology of Language Learning. Additionally, I co-convene the Dissertation Research Methods module, specialising in Qualitative Research Methods.

My research interests include teaching motivation, along with other aspects of the psychology of language learning. In particular, I am interested in self-based theories of motivation, and the importance of context in applied linguistics research. Applying complex dynamic systems theory as an analytical lens, and adopting a complexity perspective inform my paradigmatic preferences. My interests also focus on issues within the field of Global Englishes, such as translanguaging, the ongoing 'native speaker' debate, and decolonisation of the English language curriculum.

I am available for MA dissertation, and PhD supervision in areas related to the above interests.

In addition to the above, I co-ordinate the off-shore pre-sessional partnership between Durham University, Leeds University, and Queen Mary University of London. This programme creates a pathway for gifted Mexican students to take advantage of scholarship opportunites for PGT and PGR study in England.

I lead curriculum re-development on the Durham University 6-week pre-sessional entry course for international students, and taking a leading role in the support and development of EAP teachers in digital teaching and learning environments.

Finally, I am a member of the Durhgam University Ethics Advisory Committee, taking a keen interest in the ongoing development of ethically sound approaches. 

Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Linguistics & Language: English for Academic Purposes
  • Linguistics & Language: Teaching international students
  • Linguistics & Language: Global Englishes
  • Linguistics & Language: Psychology of language learning, particularly areas connected with motivation