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Dr Duncan Lees

Job Title
Assistant Professor (Teaching Focussed)
Applied Linguistics
Research Interests

My research and teaching combine insights from drama pedagogy and intercultural language education with an ethnomethodological perspective that makes use of Conversation Analysis (CA) and Membership Categorisation Analysis (MCA). I am also interested in interactional approaches to qualitative research interviews, and examining the role of reflexivity in applied linguistic and educational research. I am an active member of the Teacher Education & Development Research Group in the Department of Applied Linguistics.


I am currently a Senior Teaching Fellow in Applied Linguistics, specialising in Intercultural Communication. I am module leader for BA modules on Intercultural Pragmatics and Communication Modes, and teach on various MSc modules, including Understanding Culture and Globalisation and Diversity in the Workplace. With a background in teaching literature and drama in language-learning contexts, I have also contributed to modules for the MA TESOL and MA Drama and English Language Teaching. I have previously taught for Coventry University, and spent more than a decade working at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies in China, designing and delivering courses on various aspects of Anglophone drama and literature. My PhD, which was funded by the ESRC, was an ethnomethodological study of how participants (including myself as practitioner / researcher) did, and did things with, Shakespeare during a series of intercultural workshops held in the English faculty of a Chinese university.