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Professor Martin Cortazzi

Martin Cortazzi is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Applied Linguistics, where his research is currently in educational linguistics and issues concerning cultural aspects of language learning and use. Together with Dr Lixian Jin, he has been researching ‘cultures of learning’ particularly in Chinese contexts. He is also interested in ELT materials development, vocabulary learning, literacy, discourse and narrative analysis. These themes have been applied in many settings; for example, in 2004-6 he was invited to give presentations and workshops for British healthcare trainers and practitioners on intercultural communication, inter-professional education, narrative development, and phonetics and phonology for the Royal Colleges of Speech and Language Therapy, of General Medical Practitioners, of Nursing, and for several Postgraduate Deaneries for Medical Education.

With a substantial background in teacher training and development for both primary teachers and teachers of EFL, EAL, ESOL, Martin has given courses for kindergarten, primary, secondary and university teachers in many international contexts. These include Norway, Eire, Cyprus, Lebanon, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Hong Kong and Taiwan. He has been invited to give courses and presentations at key universities in China on creative developments in English teaching in Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Xi’an Wuhan, Nanchang, Zhuhai, Guangzhou, Nanning, Kunming, Changsha, Hefei, Zhengzhou, Qingdao.


Martin Cortazzi has over 100 publications, including the following selection. He is chief editor and contributing writer for several series of College English textbooks with teachers’ books. These are published in China and East Asia (2002-2006): Creative Communication; Creative Reading and Integrated Foundation English course (Macmillan/Shanghai Foreign Languages Education Press).

Cortazzi, M. & Jin, L. (in press) Images of teachers, learning and questioning in Chinese cultures of learning, in E. Behrendt (ed.) Metaphors we learn by, London: Continuum.

Cortazzi, M. & Jin, L (2006) Changing Practices in Chinese Cultures of Learning, Language, Culture & Curriculum, vol. 19: 1, pp. 5-20.

Cortazzi, M. & Jin, J. (2006) Asking Questions, Sharing Stories and Identity Construction: socio-cultural issues in narrative research, in S. Trahar (ed.) Narrative Research on Learning: comparative and international perspectives, Oxford: Symposium Books, pp. 25-43.

Cortazzi, M. & Jin, L (2004) Orientations to Cultural Engagement in ELT Materials, in S. Rafik-Galea (ed.) ELT Teaching Materials: theory and practice, Petaling Jaya: Sasbadi Sdn. Bhd., pp. 35-53.

Jin, L. & Cortazzi, M. (2004) English Language Teaching in China, a bridge to the future, in W. K. Ho & R. Y. L. Wong (eds.) English Language Teaching in East Asia Today,(second edition) Singapore: Eastern Universities Press, pp. 119-134.

Banning, M. & Cortazzi, M. (2004) Questioning Student Learning: an exploration of students’ views on learning to become nurse prescribers, Journal of Further and Higher Education, Vol. 28, No. 4, pp.435-444.

Cortazzi, M. & Jin, L. (2004) Reflections on Speech-Language Therapists’ talk: implications for clinical practice and education, International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, Vol. 39, No. 4, pp. 477-480.

Cortazzi, M. & Jin, L. (2002) Cultures of Learning, the social construction of educational identities, In D. C. S. Li (ed.) Discourses in Search of Members: in honor of Ron Scollon, New York: American Universities Press pp. 47-75.

Cortazzi, M. (2002) Developing a double vision: analysing narratives and documents in educational research, in M. Coleman & A. Briggs (eds.) Researching Educational Management and Leadership, London: Paul Chapman. pp. 196-212.

Cortazzi, M. & Jin, L. (2002) Seven keys: developing writing for EAL pupils, in M. Williams (ed.) Unlocking Writing, London: David Fulton. pp. 116-130.

Bacha, N; Cortazzi, M. & Nakhle, F. (2002) Academic Lexical Literacy: investigating the cohesion of Arabic speakers, International Journal of Arabic- English Studies, Vol. 3: 1 & 2, pp. 119-152.

Cortazzi, M. (1993/2002) Narrative Analysis. Falmer Social Research and Educational Studies Series: 12, London: Falmer Press/ Routledge.

Cortazzi, M. & Jin, L. (2001) Large Classes in China: 'good' teachers and interaction, In D. Watkins & J. Biggs (eds.) Teaching the Chinese Learner, psychological and pedagogical perspectives, Hong Kong: CERC/ACER, pp. 115-134.

Cortazzi, M. (2001) Narrative Analysis in Ethnography, In P. Atkinson; A. Coffey; S. Delamont; L. Lofland; J. Lofland (eds.) Handbook of Ethnography, London: Sage Publications, pp. 384-394.

Cortazzi, M. & Shen, W. W. (2001) Cross-Cultural Awareness of Cultural Keywords: a study of Chinese and English speakers, Language Awareness, vol.10, No. 2 & 3, pp. 125-142.

Cortazzi, M. (2001) Shifts in Environmental Literacy in Multilingual Contexts: the Lebanese case, Mediterranean Journal of Education, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 31-47.

Cortazzi, M; Jin, L; Wall, D.; & Cavendish, S. (2001) Sharing Learning through Narrative Communication, International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, vol.36, supplement 2001, pp. 252-257.

Cortazzi, M. (2000) Languages, cultures, and cultures of learning in the global classroom, in W. K. Ho & C. Ward (eds.) Language in the Global Context: implications for the language classroom, Singapore: SEAMEO RELC. pp.75-103.

Cortazzi, M.; Jin, L. (2000) Evaluating Evaluation in Narrative, In S. Hunston & G. Thompson (eds.) Evaluation in Text, authorial stance and the construction of discourse, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp.102-120.



In recognition of Martin Cortazzi’s contributions to research and development in English teaching in China, a number of honorary and special titles have been conferred: Visiting Professor, Nankai University, Tianjin (1996), Visiting Professor, Renmin University of China, Beijing (1996), Honorary Professor, Hubei University, Wuhan (1996), Visiting Professor, East China Jiaotong University, Nanchang (2002), Consulting Professor, ESEC Child Language Research Centre, East China Normal University, Shanghai (2004), Distinguished Visiting Professor, Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, Wuhan (2006).