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Research interests

My research interests are in the vast implications of the use of a second/third/fourth language to teach and learn academic subjects in higher education across the globe; including English Medium Instruction (EMI), and Integrating Content and Language in Higher Education (ICLHE). My current research projects focus on Success in EMI.

Teaching interests

Alongside my interest in teaching topics in Applied Linguistics, I am passionate about teaching Advanced Quantitative Research Methods and the statistical computing software R. I teach on the MRes (AQM), MA in TESOL, MA in EMI (upcoming in 2020) and EdD programme.

Willing to supervise PhD

I welcome PhD applications on the vast research topic of English Medium Instruction (EMI):

1. Success (learning outcomes / comparing L1 and L2) in EMI

2. Self-efficacy / Motivation in EMI

3. Technology-enhanced teaching and learning in an EMI context

4. Willingness to Communicate in an EMI context

5. The development and validation of research instruments in an EMI context

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Oxford

1 Sep 201430 Oct 2018

Research Methods, Master of Science, University of Oxford

1 Sep 201330 Aug 2014

Applied Linguistics, Master of Science, University of Oxford

1 Sep 201230 Aug 2013

Linguistics, Bachelor of Arts, The Open University of Hong Kong

1 Sep 200630 Aug 2010

Education, Bachelor of Education, The Open University of Hong Kong

1 Sep 200630 Aug 2010


  • L Education (General)
  • Second/Foreign Language Teaching and Learning
  • Bilingual Education
  • LB2300 Higher Education

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Research Output

  • 6 Paper
  • 6 Article
  • 3 Conference contribution
  • 1 Doctoral Thesis

EMI success: Exploring the role of self-efficacy beliefs

Thompson, G., Rose, H., Curle, S. & Aizawa, I., 26 Jun 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Exploring the role of self-efficacy beliefs and learner success in English Medium Instruction

Thompson, G., Aizawa, I., Curle, S. & Rose, H., 12 Aug 2019, In : International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism. 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citation (Scopus)

Japanese professors' attitudes towards a more multilingual approach in EMI lectures: Incorporating more of the L1

Curle, S., 26 Jun 2019, (Unpublished).

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Proficiency, motivation, and the language-related challenges of students studying through English medium instruction: An investigation of predictors of success

Curle, S., Rose, H., Aizawa, I. & Thompson, G., 10 Mar 2019, The American Association for Applied Linguistics 2019 Conference.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution