P. Thompson University of Birmingham
Dr Paul Thompson PhD
Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics
Deputy Director, Centre for Corpus Research
Departmental Director of Postgraduate Research Studies
I have been at the University of Birmingham since September 2009, and I am the Deputy Director of the Centre for Corpus Research. I am a corpus linguist with particular interest in specialised discourses, and I have a background in ELT and EAP.
The project blog page for my ESRC funded project ‘Investigating Interdisciplinary Research Discourse’ (2013-2015) is: http://idrd-bham.info/idrd/
- PhD in Applied Linguistics, Reading
- MA in TEFL, Reading
- PGCE, York
- BA in English & Related Literature, York
I took up the post of Director of the Centre for Corpus Research at Birmingham in September 2009, after working for thirteen years as a lecturer in EAP/Applied Linguistics at the University of Reading. I had taught in Kenya (one year) and Japan (fourteen years) before moving to Reading in 1996 to do doctoral research.
I convene the BA module: ‘Language for Literature’.
I also co-teach the MA module, ‘Corpus Assisted Language Learning’ which runs in the Spring Semester.
- Co-Editor of the Journal of English for Academic Purposes.
- Member, ESRC Peer Review College
I have given talks at conferences and research meetings in more than twenty countries. In August I gave an invited keynote address at the
Depratmental Director of Postgraduate Research Studies (and admissions tutor).
- 7-8 April: Swansea, attending first meeting of the ‘Cross Pollination: Re-valuing Pollinators through Arts & Science Collaboration’ AHRC network project
- 10-17 April: Florianopolis, Brazil, as workshop leader, Newton Fund project
- 6 May: Speaker at BAAL Corpus Linguistics Event, Aston University
- 20-22 May: Kensington, London for Elsevier Editor’s Conference
- 20-24 June: Centre for Corpus Research Summer School
- 27 June: University of Hertfordshire, seminar on use of corpus-based methods to enhance higher education research
- 29 June: State strategies for leveraging sports mega-events conference, Univeristy of Birmingham
- 6-20 July: annual leave
- 17-23 August: Invited keynote speaker, the 8th International Conference on ESP in Asia, Tokyo
- 18 to 26 September: Jiaotong University, Shanghai (talk) and Taiyuan, invited speaker, 10th International Symposium on ‘Teaching and Researching EFL Writing in China’, Taiyuan
- 28 October to 3 November: Charles University, Prague, visiting speaker
- 9 December, Stirling, invited talk at British Academy event on ‘Quantitative language research: Exploring the potential of corpus linguistics in education”’
- 15-16 December, Florence, leading workshops on applications of technology in language teaching