Samantha Curle

Dr, Director of Studies

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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 (learning outcomes / comparing L1 and L2) in EMI

2. Challenges in EMI

3. Language Learning Mindsets / Teacher Grit / Goal Orientation / Engagement in an EMI context

4. Willingness to Communicate when studying through EMI

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


I welcome PhD applications adopting either a purely Quantitative or Mixed Methods approach.

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, University of Oxford

1 Sep 201430 Oct 2018

Award Date: 30 Oct 2018

Research Methods, Master of Science, University of Oxford

1 Sep 201330 Aug 2014

Award Date: 30 Aug 2014

Applied Linguistics, Master of Science, University of Oxford

1 Sep 201230 Aug 2013

Award Date: 30 Aug 2013

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

1 Sep 200630 Aug 2010

Award Date: 30 Aug 2010

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

1 Sep 200630 Aug 2010

Award Date: 30 Aug 2010


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


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