Author Archives: Vicky Obied

About Vicky Obied

My name is Dr. Vicky Obied. I am an English lecturer in charge of the PGCE Secondary English programme educating future teachers of English at Goldsmiths, University of London. I co-ordinate the Professional Studies module across the PGCE Secondary programme on ‘Language, power, identity and the plurilingual learner’. I also work on the Masters in Education: Culture, Language and Identity on modules in the area of bi- and multi- lingualism and children’s literature. I have MPhil/PhD students researching in the area of second language acquistion, culture and multilingualism. I also teach on the BA in Education, Culture and Society on a module about education and empowerment. I am a committee member of the Centre for Language, Culture and Learning at Goldsmiths. Also, I am a co-opted executive member for the National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum (NALDIC) and I’m on the publishing committee for NALDIC. I am a co-opted member for Initial Teacher Education National Association for the Teaching of English (ITE NATE).

Leading partners in English as an Additional Language Programme

This is a new language programme that is funded by the Training Development Agency (TDA) in England and Wales to strengthen partnerships between universities and partner schools. The aim of the project is to: provide opportunities for trainee teachers to … Read More »

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Metaphor in Language and Culture

In David Crystal’s language memoir Just a Phrase I’m Going Through: My Life in Language (2009), he suggests a range of metaphors to describe language: a tool; an instrument; a mouthful of air; an art; a symphony; a game; a … Read More »

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The Schools White Paper: December 2010

The last few months have been a turbulent time for universities and many debates have been opened up about education. Students and lecturers have taken to the streets together to defend higher education and campaign against the rise in fees … Read More »

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Bilingual Siblings

Bilingual sibling language use is described as being an uncharted area in the field of applied linguistics. I have a particular interest in this area of research and for my doctoral study looked at the emergence of biliteracy in Portuguese-English … Read More »

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Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice

The Journal of Applied Linguistcs was launched in 2004 to share research into language that was firmly rooted in ‘real world problems’. It encouraged an interdiscplinary approach to linguistics, but had a strong focus on research into language teaching and … Read More »

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Evolving English

I recently attended the National Association for the Teaching of English (NATE) 5th Annual Research Symposium for initial teacher education at the British Library. The symposium was linked with the free exhibition currently showing at the British Library (November 2010 … Read More »

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Promoting inclusive, plurilingual and intercultural education

Research carried out recently points to the crucial role that a culturally inclusive curriculum plays in the successful learning of bilingual pupils. The work of the Language Policy Division of the Council of Europe has encouraged the implementation of language … Read More »

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