Dr Ann-Marie Hunter

Dr Ann-Marie Hunter

Profile

I am a Teaching Fellow in TESOL and I started working at the School of Education in October 2017. I teach on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules covering aspects of second language learning and language teaching.

Before becoming a researcher and lecturer, I taught English as a second language in Paris, Barcelona, and London and also worked as a language teacher on pre-sessional courses for university students.

Research interests

I work primarily in the area of task-based language teaching. In particular, I am interested in the impact of tasks and task conditions on learners' oral performance (in terms of complexity, accuracy and fluency). I try to understand what this can tell us about the underlying cognitive processes which govern second language speech production and also what this might mean for language pedagogy.

I am currently working on a research project which looks in detail at the fluency of language learners' speech (speed, pausing etc.) and attempts to identify those characteristics of speech that are associated with higher fluency ratings (as provided by human judges). The overall aim of the project is to help us understand the construct of 'fluency' in more depth and use this information to develop smarter assessment for oral L2 examinations.

Research projects

Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all research projects allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.

Student education

I teach on a range of modules across the MA TESOL programme. This semester I will teach on 'Research Methods for TESOL' and also 'Language Teaching Methodology', 'Teaching Languages to Young Learners' and 'Materials Development for TESOL'.