Samantha Curle

Dr, Director of Studies, SWDTP Advanced Quantitative Methods Pathway Lead

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Research interests

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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 (AQM) and the statistical computing software R. I teach on the MRes in AQM, MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), MA in Education, and EdD programmes. I am also the Pathway Lead of the South West Doctoral Training Partnership for the MRes AQM, and the Director of Studies of the Master of Research in Advanced Quantitative Methods.

Willing to supervise doctoral students

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

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

2. Technology in EMI (including artificial intelligence)

3. Psychological constructs in EMI (Language Learning Mindsets / Teacher/Student Grit / Goal Orientation / Engagement in an EMI context / Motivation / Challenges)

4. Jobs and EMI (Teacher job satisfaction / Student career prospects)

5. Sustainable development goals in EMI


I welcome PhD applications adopting either a purely Quantitative or Mixed Methods approach. I particularly welcome studies that quantitatively develop and validate EMI research instruments.

PhD applications are welcomed year-round. For applicants intending to pursue PhD scholarship funding, it is crucial to submit your application by 1 December annually at the latest to ensure my timely endorsement.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Stakeholders’ attitudes towards English Medium of Instruction for academic subjects in the Japanese higher education context., University of Oxford

1 Sept 201430 Oct 2018

Award Date: 30 Oct 2018

Research Methods, Master of Science, The functions of codeswitching in English medium of instruction in a Japanese tertiary context., University of Oxford

1 Sept 201330 Aug 2014

Award Date: 30 Aug 2014

Applied Linguistics, Master of Science, Empirical research carried out between 2000 and 2013 using eye movement tracking to study syntactic processing (parsing) of written text: a systematic review, University of Oxford

1 Sept 201230 Aug 2013

Award Date: 30 Aug 2013

Linguistics, Bachelor of Arts, The effect of teaching phonics on vocabulary acquisition: an intervention study, The Open University of Hong Kong

1 Sept 200630 Aug 2010

Award Date: 30 Aug 2010

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

1 Sept 200630 Aug 2010

Award Date: 30 Aug 2010

External positions

Scientific Committee Member, European Second Language Association (EuroSLA)

2023 → …

University of Bath Representative, European Consortium for Sociological Research

2022 → …

Guest Associate Editor, Frontiers in Educational Psychology

2022 → …

Topic Editor, Frontiers in Psychology


Scientific Committee Member , Integrating Content and Language in Higher Education (ICLHE) Association

2022 → …

Consultant, TransformELT

2022 → …

Grant Panelist, Nazarbayev University Research Council

1 Jun 2020 → …

Editor, Data in Brief

2019 → …

Associate Member, English Medium Instruction Oxford Research Group

2015 → …


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


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