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Jo Angouri Publishes 'Teamwork in the Covid-19 Zone' Resources

Congratulations to Professor Jo Angouri following the release of materials outlining practical strategies to medical teams as they adapt to working in restrictive Level 3 PPE.

These outputs are as a result of the ‘Teamwork in the Covid-19 Zone’ study (supported by an Economic and Social Research Council IAA funding grant) led by Professor Jo Angouri working with Dr Chris Turner, a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust.

This unique and timely study is part of an exciting ongoing collaboration between Professor Angouri and Dr Turner on leadership and teamwork in trauma settings, and one of the few projects bringing together Sociolinguistics and Emergency Medicine.

Since the emergence of Covid-19, healthcare staff have been required to wear FFP3 PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) in the resuscitation of the sickest patients. This includes wearing a full facemask, eye protection, gloves and surgical gown as an essential part of protecting themselves, colleagues and patients. PPE creates a physical barrier which restricts body movement, hearing, lip reading and peripheral vision. These sensory limitations have changed the way medical teams work and engage with colleagues and patients.

Professor Angouri commented: “By observing simulated scenarios we were able to gain an authentic glimpse of how emergency teams are adapting to the challenges of communicating when wearing Level 3 PPE, and to identify and share good practice.”

A full press release regarding this work is available here.

We are also looking forward to further resources to support medical practitioners as a result of the collaboration being published in the Summer.

Wed 05 May 2021, 12:40

Call for Abstracts - Warwick International Conference in Applied Linguistics

The call for abstracts for the 23rd Warwick International Conference in Applied Linguistics in now open!

This year, WICAL will be held online (28th - 30th June 2021) and we look forward to welcoming even more scholars, presenters, and attendants from across the world. Our theme is ‘Crossing Boundaries’, so we welcome interdisciplinary topics in the area of Applied Linguistics.

Deadline for Abstracts: 15th April 2021

For more information and to submit your abstract visit:

Tue 02 Mar 2021, 16:08 | Tags: ELL, LML, LCC, Conference, PGT, PGR

Christopher Strelluf features on BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire discussing dialects in Coventry

Dr Christopher Strelluf spoke on BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire about dialects in Coventry on 19th January. His interview begins at 25:10 on

He also has a video about research on Coventry accents at

Wed 20 Jan 2021, 13:19

New book explores how people build good relationships across cultural boundaries

In a new book launched this week Intercultural Politeness: Managing Relations across Cultures, Professor Helen Spencer-Oatey of the Department of Applied Linguistics and her co-author Professor Dániel Z. Kádár of the Hungarian Research Institute for Linguistics (NYTI) explore how people relate across cultural boundaries, a topic which is increasingly important in our interconnected world.

Helen Spencer-Oatey, has additionally published a Cambridge University Press blog on 'Rapport Management - an alternative to Unconscious Bias Training', which also explores some of the themes connected to the book.

Fri 08 Jan 2021, 12:31

Launch of the Applied Linguistics Virtual Bookcase

The Department has launched an Applied Linguistics Virtual Bookcase showcasing recently published books, monographs and reports with the Bookcase forming part of the University of Warwick's new Virtual Bookcase series.

Thu 17 Dec 2020, 16:05

Kieran File publishes a study exploring ‘How do boxing coaches communicate under pressure?

How do boxing coaches communicate under pressure? A study led by Dr Kieran File (supported by an Economic and Social Research Council IAA funding grant) in association with England Boxing and UK Coaching, entitled Focus on Coach Talk: How Do Boxing Coaches Communicate In Breaks Between Rounds? explores the way boxing coaches use language in the time-constrained one-minute breaks between boxing rounds.  

Dr File outlined: “The goal was to look at what communicative functions boxing coaches were performing in these one-minute breaks with their language – what coaching tasks they were performing and how they were performing them through language. 

“By doing this we wanted to create a framework to facilitate critical discussions about coaching language in boxing and other combat sports and help locate aspects of coaching communication in these sports that coaches feel needs more research.”

The findings of this study are available in a downloadable research booklet available from the UK Coaching website or from England Boxing's website.

Mon 23 Nov 2020, 12:17

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